What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around the mouth and jaws, usually by an oral surgeon who’s received advanced specialty training beyond dental school to perform oro-facial surgeries. At Blue Cloud, our oral surgeons provider a number of different treatments with the removal of wisdom teeth being the most frequent.
How many different procedures performed by oral surgeons?
There are many types of oral surgery procedures . Some oral surgeries involve the repositioning of the jaw(s). In other instances, oral surgery may involve the removal of a tumor, opening of salivary ducts, correction of a facial defect, extracting teeth impacted in bone, and wisdom teeth.
What are some common types of oral surgery?
Some of the most common surgeries for teeth and jaws include:
- Bony impacted teeth including wisdom teeth
- Gum graft
- Tooth implants
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Jaw and teeth repair following an injury
When would I need an oral surgeon?
For tooth and jaw procedures that go beyond the expertise of a general dentist, you might need an oral surgeon. If your wisdom teeth are impacted in bone, for example, removing them may require you see an oral surgeon. If you suffer from gum disease and need a gum graft, you may be referred to a periodontist who performs those types of intraoral surgeries.
If you require oral surgery, your general dentist will talk to you about it and refer you to the right provider, Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers offers these specialties at various locations.