Who Performs Oral Surgery?
As PSD we provide a multitude of services related to oral surgery such as:
- Simple and complicated tooth extraction
- Bone Grafting using patient's own concentrated growth factors
- Dental Implants ranging from single implants to full mouth rehabilitation known as All on 4, 6, or All on X.
An oral surgeon is a dental specialist that is specifically trained to perform surgeries on the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. The full name for these specialists is oral and maxillofacial surgeons or OMS for short. These specialists complete four years of dental school and an additional four to six years of surgical training. The different procedures performed are much broader than tooth extractions.
A very common procedure for oral surgeons to perform, used when there is nothing else to do to save the tooth.
Some main reasons for tooth extraction:
- Deep decay
- Impacted teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Broken tooth
- Gum disease
These retained dentures are great for patients with missing teeth or that are struggling with their preexisting dentures. They are installed by placing four or more titanium screws into your tooth's root. Once properly placed into your jaw, a crown is attached that will look realistic and is fully functional. These retained dentures are a permanent option, as the titanium has a unique ability to fuse with the living bone in your jaw, making this a permanent fix.
Dental implants are designed to act as a new permanent tooth. The implant is surgically added to your jaw and thus, replaces the root of the missing tooth. From there a crown is placed on top of the implant to mimic and blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. For more information on this visit our Dental implants page. IMPLANTS
Many people's first experiences with oral surgeons will likely be for wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth are your final set of molars that come in sometime in your late teens or early twenties. They are usually unnecessary and should be removed as soon as possible. Many wisdom teeth grow in misaligned or are impacted and can cause other teeth to shift.
Oral cancer can appear in the form of:
- Pain in the ear or mouth
- Pain when swallowing
- Teeth that seem loose
- An area inside the mouth that appears white or reddish
- A sore inside the mouth that doesn’t heal
- A growth or lump in the mouth
Your oral surgeon will be able to identify these and investigate them further. It’s important to act fast and visit your family dentist if you believe you have one of these symptoms. The sooner you get diagnosed the sooner they can begin treatment, thus mitigating the spread of the cancer.