‘A million dollar smile can impress anybody’, so they say! And most of us strive to maintain that perfect smile by brushing our teeth at least twice every day, flossing regularly and having a mouth wash handy whenever we feel a bad breath on its way. However, in spite of all the brushing, flossing and washing, sometimes we tend to end up with dental problems which would then warrant another form of treatment; dental surgery.
The Benefits of Dental Surgery
Dental surgeries have become quite common nowadays. With a series of surgeries and treatments available for nearly every kind of dental problem out there, more and more people are opting for these procedures to get rid of their teeth, gum, and jaw related problems once and for all.
Dental surgeries can do much more than get you that perfect smile. These surgeries also help improve overall dental health in more ways than one. From taking care of crooked, misaligned or decayed teeth to treating different kinds of jaw related disorders, dental surgeries can be considered a good option in cases where all other forms of treatment have failed.
Common Oral Issues that can be Taken Care of by Dental Surgeries
Although the list is endless, here are some of the more common dental and oral issues that can be treated with dental surgeries.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Also called as third molars, the wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to develop in one’s lifetime. And in most of the cases, these teeth do not emerge in proper alignment with the gum line and the jaw. This results in the teeth getting trapped (also called as ‘impacted’) in between the gum tissue and the jawbone as they try to emerge from the gum line.
Entrapped wisdom teeth can cause a series of dental issues ranging from pain and discomfort, swelling and infection to formation of tumors or cysts and permanent damage to the gum line and teeth. It is best recommended that an impacted wisdom tooth be removed as soon as possible. And the same can be done via dental surgeries.
In some cases, it would be necessary to remove a tooth completely from the bone socket. While a dental surgery is usually done to extract teeth that are either decayed or covered with caries, there are instances when people opt for dental surgery to remove a tooth for the sole purpose of improving physical appearance (for example, removing an extra tooth) or making room for dental treatments (like braces).
Root Canal Procedure
In cases where in a decayed tooth may not be necessarily extracted, the dentist would most probably recommend a root canal procedure to decontaminate the infected tooth and fix it in such a way that it would remain free from future infections.
This type of dental surgery works only on the tooth with the bone underneath remaining intact. After administering anesthesia (as in the case of tooth extraction as well), the dentist would drill into the infected tooth, clean it completely and then fill it with either rubber or endofile. The surgery would finish with him/her capping the decontaminated tooth with a crown to eliminate future infections.
Lost a tooth due to an infection or accident? Then you can most probably go in for dental implants. This type of dental surgery would help keep the artificial tooth in place.
The dental implants are usually placed in the jawbone and act as tooth roots, thereby firmly holding onto the artificial teeth. Even though this type of dental surgery is sought after by many patients, only those with high bone density, high immunity (to infections) and an overall healthy oral hygiene are considered as apt candidates.
Dental Bridges & Crowns
These procedures are usually prescribed for tooth restoration purposes. Dental bridges are used to fill in the gaps caused by the loss of teeth. These bridges fix themselves permanently to the existing dental implants in addition to bonding to the neighboring teeth. Dental crowns on the other hand are used to cover a dental implant fully.
The procedures can help improve overall dental health in addition to improving the physical appearance. However, they are pretty expensive owing to the materials used for the procedure (including gold, silver, porcelain etc.). Hence, they are usually preferred only by the high and sundry.