Since your comfort is a top priority, when you come to Horizon Family Dental Care for any type of oral surgery, you can rest assured you’re receiving the highest standard of care from a skilled and compassionate dental team. With three convenient locations in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, the expert dental surgeons perform tooth extractions, jaw surgery, and a variety of other oral surgeries. When oral surgery is the best option, trust your whole family’s care to Horizon Family Dental Care. Call the office nearest you or book a consultation online.
Oral Surgery Q & A
Why Would I Need Oral Surgery?
When more conservative treatments do not or cannot resolve an issue, oral surgery can help restore your oral health and correct dental problems. Some of the most common reasons you may need oral surgery include:
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- Dental implants
- Tooth extractions for damaged or decayed teeth
- Jaw surgery to treat a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Improve how your dentures fit
- Bone grafts before implant surgery
Oral surgery can improve the form and function of your teeth, the appearance of your smile, and help keep your whole mouth healthy long term.
Why Do You Need to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
For most people, there’s not enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth to fit in without disrupting their other teeth. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars in the back of your mouth. Sometimes, they fail to emerge through your gums properly and become trapped in the gum tissue, or impacted.
When wisdom teeth become impacted between your jawbone and gum tissue, it can cause swelling, pain, and infection in the surrounding area. If left in your mouth, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to permanent damage in nearby teeth or form cysts or tumors that eventually destroy a section of your jaw.
If your dentist determines you don’t have enough room in your mouth for wisdom teeth or they’re causing a problem before they erupt, they may recommend oral surgery to remove them before further complications arise.
What is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure your dentist may recommend to prepare your jaw for dental implant surgery. During this type of dental surgery, your dentist takes bone from another area of your body, or uses a special bone grafting material, and inserts it into your jawbone. The reason for this is to ensure that your jawbone is large enough to support the titanium “root” of your new dental implant.
You may have to allow time for the bone graft to fuse with your jawbone before you can proceed with implant surgery.
If it’s in your best interests to have a specific type of oral surgery to keep your mouth as healthy as possible, the experienced team at Horizon Family Dental Care advises you on the best course of action. Call the office located near you or book the next available appointment using the online system to learn more.