When Do You Need An Oral Surgeon?

1. Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common reasons for oral surgery in Union County and beyond. The wisdom teeth, which typically come in during your teen years or early 20s, often cause pain, come in angled or are impacted. For these reasons, many dentists and oral surgeons recommend oral surgery to have your wisdom teeth permanently removed. This is an outpatient oral surgery procedure with a recovery time of a few days to a week, depending on your unique case and how quickly you recover.

2. Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants

Dental implants can be the perfect solution for people who are missing one or more teeth. This durable, effective tooth replacement option offers the closest match to the look, feel, and function of your own natural teeth, and it provides aesthetic and cost benefits that are not available with other options, like bridges or dentures.

Our doctors are board-certified surgical specialists who have placed more than 6,000 dental implants for patients of all ages.

3. Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery is performed if your jaws don’t align correctly. This could be a problem since birth or be the result of abnormal jaw growth or trauma. Jaw surgery is an oral surgery that can correct many problems, including difficulty chewing, biting and swallowing, speech problems and chronic jaw pain, as well as provide your face with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

4. Facial Trauma

If you’ve experienced facial trauma, you may need oral surgery and maxillofacial surgery to correct the damage done to your face. Reasons for oral surgery to treat facial trauma include internal oral lacerations, knocked out teeth, fractured facial bones (such as your cheeks, nose or eye socket) and fractured jaws. If you’ve had an accident and need facial surgery, you can trust the Union County oral surgeons at Union Oral Surgery to treat your injury and get you well on the path to recovery.

5. Jawbone Grafting

If you’ve had missing teeth for a significant amount of time, then it’s highly likely that jaw reabsorption has occurred, meaning the area of the jaw associated with the missing teeth has shrunk, reduced or weakened. This makes you an unlikely candidate for dental implants to replace your missing tooth or teeth. However, an oral surgeon can use jawbone grafting to help you grow new bone to replace the depleted jawbone, providing more strength in your jaw.

6. Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

If you are going to get prosthetic teeth, such as a dental bridge, dentures or a dental implant to replace weakened or infected teeth, you’ll need to have those natural teeth extracted. Tooth extraction is a common form of oral surgery, one that is performed routinely at Union Oral Surgery.

Learning More About Oral Surgery

If you are having significant tooth or jaw pain, or think you have one of the conditions listed above, it’s possible that you need oral surgery to correct your situation.

To learn if your unique needs require oral surgery, call the oral surgeons at Union Oral Surgery at (704) 291-7333.