Oral surgery is a broad term that refers to any surgical procedure performed on the jaw, teeth, gums, or other structures of the oral cavity. Oral surgeries include tooth extractions, implants, reconstructive surgeries from trauma and other procedures that alter the oral structures. Oral surgery is usually performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon but some specialized dentists or periodontists may also perform certain oral surgeries.
Why is oral surgery performed?
You may need oral surgery for a number of reasons including:
- Extensive tooth decay
- Severely broken teeth
- Advanced gum disease
- Impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth
- Bone loss from missing teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
- Replacements for missing teeth
- Sleep apnea
- Oral cancer
- Benign oral pathology (noncancerous growths)
For more information on a specific oral surgery, please see our menu of services or call our office with any questions.