Although you might cringe the instant your dentist says the word “surgery,” there are some instances when cutting into your gum tissue might be the only way to make things right. Just like any other operation, some types of oral surgery are relatively minor. For example, procedures like root canals and dental extractions can be handled by most general dentists.
However, more advanced procedures, such as dental implants or jawbone corrections, may need to be handled by dental professionals who specialize in oral surgery—which is why working with the Dental Partners of Boston is so essential to your treatment. We only employ dental professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their fields, so that you can enjoy exemplary dental care. Here is a little more information about oral surgery, and how it can benefit your smile.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If impacted wisdom teeth are allowed to sit stagnant in the back of your jaw, they can eventually cause pain, swelling, and even serious infections. Some patients even present with painful cysts that have developed as a result of wisdom teeth, which can disrupt normal eating and talking. Wisdom teeth can also crowd out your other teeth, destroying years of careful orthodontic treatment. For these reasons, the Dental Partners of Boston recommend having impacted wisdom teeth removed.
When teeth go missing, it can affect more than just your appearance. Because your teeth provide stimulation to your jawbone, missing teeth can cause your jawbone to resorb, which can change your face shape and affect your ability to have repairs made in the future. In fact, studies have shown that people can lose as much as 25% of their jawbone height within the first year of having a missing tooth.
Fortunately, dental implants, which are essentially false teeth that are implanted directly into your jaw, can recreate this stimulation and keep your jawbone healthy. Dental implants can also be created to match your existing teeth perfectly, so that you don’t have to worry about obvious repairs. Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we employ both restorative dentistry professionals and periodontists, so that your dental implants look and feel as natural as possible.
Trauma, congenital birth defects, or issues with your temporomandibular joint can all affect the alignment of your jaw, which can affect your personal comfort and dental health. If the jaw closes improperly, it can create tension in your neck and facial muscles, which can give patients headaches or lead to sore muscles. Jaw alignment problems can also affect your appearance, and make it difficult to eat and talk normally. Fortunately, our prosthodontists can perform corrective surgery to resolve bite problems.
If you have concerns about your smile or bite, contact us today to make an appointment.