Whether through negligence of oral hygiene, an accident or some other means there are plenty of situations where people will need a form of dental surgery. Some dental surgeries are purely cosmetic while others hope to address deep rooted issues.
Dental surgery is always performed by either a qualified oral surgeon or a dentist, depending on the complexity of the job. Most common extractions and canal treatments can be done within a family clinic by your regular dentist.
Let’s have a look at the most common types of dental surgery.
Remove wisdom teeth
If the wisdom teeth become impacted in your gums then you will require the assistance of an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth that become impacted will start pushing on other teeth which can cause the mouth to appear crooked or misaligned.
This is particularly true if the patient has had previous orthodontic treatment. The gum around the wisdom tooth will need to be cut open in order to remove the tooth and this is always done with the patients under anaesthesia.
An extraction entails the removing of a decaying tooth that has no hope of being repaired. This procedure is usually carried out at the whim of the patient and is cheaper than repairing the tooth.
This surgery is commonly performed in preparation of getting dentures as well.
Root canal surgery
Root canals are probably the most popularised dental surgery in TV and film media. They are performed by a regular dentists and are done while the patient is sedated or given local anaesthesia.
During this process both the pulp of the tooth and the root canal are removed from the mouth. The leftover canal is filled up with a sealant and a cap is placed over the tooth with another permanent cap being placed at another time.
General dental care
These surgeries are usually only suggested after a dentist has observed a problem during one of our check-up visits. In some cases they can perform the treatment on the same day the problem is discovered but often people will need to make a specific appointment for it.
If a surgery is not needed then dentists will perform a routine clean on your teeth that helps to remove tartar (mineralised plaque) that has built up. Most dentists recommended that patients come in for a routine clean every 6 months at least.