Just the term “oral surgery” can cause many people anxiety. It may make you think there is something seriously wrong that you need to undergo such an extensive procedure. However, many oral surgical procedures address common issues. Oftentimes, you are not aware that surgery is needed until you see your North Conway oral surgeon. Here are a few of the reasons you might need oral surgery.
Removal of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Some people do not have any problems with their wisdom teeth. But it is very common for your third molars to get trapped. This occurs if there is not enough room for them to fully erupt, or due to a misalignment. Over time they become impacted and painful. They can put pressure on other teeth and cause them to become misaligned. Food can also get trapped around the wisdom teeth which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. When they become impacted, it requires oral surgery to remove them.
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement treatment. The dental implant procedure involves placing a small post in a tooth socket. Once it has healed, an artificial tooth is placed on the post creating a permanent tooth replacement that looks and feels like your natural teeth.
In some cases, implants are desired, but jawbone density isn’t sufficient enough to support them. If you have lost a large portion of jawbone density, you may need bone graft surgery. The procedure involves taking your natural one from some other area of the body, or from the mouth. This natural bone is fused to the jawbone so it will be able to support the implants. Bone grafting procedures take three to four months to heal completely.
Reconstructive Jaw Surgery
For patients with jaw alignment issues, surgery may be necessary. A maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose problems with the alignment of the jaw. When needed, reconstructive jaw surgery can improve one’s appearance. It can also help relieve pain or help patients be able to chew normally.
Sleep Apnea Surgery
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that needs special treatment. There are many ways to treat sleep apnea including using a CPAP machine or a custom mouthguard to help keep the airway open. For some patients, surgery is required. Oral surgeons can remove extra tissue from the back of the throat. This procedure helps to clear the airway so that symptoms are reduced.
How Expensive is Oral Surgery?
The cost of oral surgery depends on several factors. The type of surgery a patient overgoes, how complex the case is, and the type of anesthesia used for the procedure all influence the price. Make sure you talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about the costs, so you’ll be able to make educated choices about your dental care. Insurance may pay for some surgical procedures, but not for others. You are still responsible for any copayments that are set forth by your insurance company. Talk to your North Conway oral surgeon about different ways to finance the work you need to get done.
Contact your Dentist in Conway, NH
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about oral surgery or other dental matters. If it has been a little while since you saw a dentist, call us to schedule your next routine exam. If you have any concerns about your teeth, jawbone, or other oral health issues, please call us today to schedule your appointment.