Oral Surgery in greenville

If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, it may set off alarm bells, fear, and a good dose of anxiety. But, there’s no reason for you to worry. Oral surgery is used to correct a wide array of dental issues.

What Is Oral Surgery?

Firstly, let’s define what an oral surgeon does. An oral surgeon is able to diagnose, perform surgery, treat, and resolve issues in your neck, head, face, jaws, and oral tissues.

If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, it doesn’t mean you have a challenging dental case to treat, but rather that a specialized surgeon can better treat your problem.

What Oral Surgery Procedures are Offered at Magnolia Dental?

1.   Tooth Extractions

In the event that your tooth can no longer be saved, Dr. Zebro will evaluate your tooth for extraction.  Here at Magnolia Dental we preform most simple and surgical tooth extractions.  If needed, a referral to periodontist or oral surgeon will be given.

2.   Bone Grafting

Dr. Zebro places particulate bone to graft the area where a tooth has just been extracted.  This is done to preserve the bone along the jaw so that an implant can be placed in the future. After grafting is performed, 4-6 months of healing is needed before an implant can be placed.

3.   Biopsy

If a lesion is detected during your oral cancer screening at your new patient appointment or recare visit, Dr. Zebro will either refer you to an oral surgeon or do an in-office biopsy.

4.   Frenectomy

A frenum is a small piece of oral soft tissue that attaches the lips or tongue to the gums. There are three main reasons why a frenectomy (removal of the frenum) would need to be performed. 

  • The upper front two teeth can have spacing do to a low frenum attachment.  Removal of this frenum can allow the teeth to be repositioned to correct spacing.  Without frenum removal the teeth would revert to their previous positions.
  • Frenums can also ad too much tension on thin gingival borders causing localized recession.
  • Finally, a patient can have a condition know as tongue-tied which involves the tongue being attached to the lower gums.  This can cause speech impairment, troubles swallowing and eating impairment.  Dr. Zebro suggests to remove this attachment if it is interfering with quality of living.

When Would You Need Treatment from an Oral Surgeon?

You may require oral surgery for something like dental implants, or even the treatment of a cyst in your jaw. Oral surgery solves both cosmetic and reconstructive needs.

Below is a list of procedures that oral surgeons perform.

1.   Tooth Extractions

Extractions are one of the most common procedures performed by oral surgeons. Often, patients are referred to a specialist when their wisdom teeth are impacted or forming in a place where they cannot grow into a proper bite, and minor surgery is needed to remove the wisdom teeth and prevent pain. This is a routine procedure that is typically performed in the dental office.

2.   Tooth Loss

If you have lost a tooth or one is badly damaged, you may need to consider a complete tooth replacement. Not all types of restorations require oral surgery, but you may want to consider dental implants if you want a restoration solution that could last the rest of your life. During oral surgery, strong titanium screws are placed into your jawbone. They serve as artificial tooth roots to hold down dentures, a bridge, or a dental crown.

3.   Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery may be needed when orthodontics is not enough to correct a bite that is not correctly aligned. In other cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to repair birth defects or treat skeletal problems. The surgery is performed under general anesthetic, and the bones of the jaw and face may be re-positioned and re-aligned.

4.    Bone Grafting

During a bone grafting procedure, the surgeon will build up or add bone to your jaw, using your own natural bone from another part of your mouth or a donor. Once that grafted bone fuses with your jawbone, your implants can be placed.

Conditions That Can Be Treated with Oral Surgery

Oral surgeons are skilled in the following procedures:

  • Treating trauma to the face – oral surgeons will use bone grafts to help contour your jaw bone when you have fractured your facial and jaw bones. They also reconnect severed nerves, repair minor facial skin lacerations, and treat an array of other facial injuries that involve the jaw, cheeks, oral tissues, and nasal bones.
  • Removing diseased teeth – oral surgeons can remove damaged teeth using a local anesthetic.
  • Alleviating facial pain – oral surgeons can diagnose and treat your facial pain disorders.
  • Placing dental implants – along with your cosmetic dentist who designs your restorations or new smile, your oral surgeon can assist with both the planning and placement of your implants. The surgeon will reconstruct bone in the areas that require implant placement and even modify gum tissue around your implants to produce a more attractive and natural appearance.
  • Performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries – an oral surgeon can correct facial bone, jaw, and facial soft tissue issues that are the result of trauma or having cysts removed. The aim of this kind of surgery is to restore both form and function to your maxillofacial area.
  • Assessing pathologic conditions –surgeons can treat patients who have benign tumors or cysts in their face and mouth, and also people who have a malignant head, neck, or oral cancer and severe infections of their salivary glands, oral cavity, neck, and jaws.
  • Providing surgery for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – if your dentist thinks that you have a sleep disorder, you will be referred to a sleep clinic for further tests. If non-surgical treatments prove unsuccessful, the dentist may refer you for oral surgery. There are several procedures that can help correct sleep apnea, such as:
    • Maxillomandibular advancement – used to surgically push both jaws forward and therefore open the upper airway;
    • Genioglossus advancement – used to open the upper breathing passage. This surgery helps to tighten the front tongue tendon to reduce displacement of the tongue into the throat;
    • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty – surgery to shorten and stiffen the soft palate by removing part of the uvula as well as the edge of the soft palate to correct collapsing airways.
  • Performing corrective jaw surgery – oral surgery can be used to correct major and minor dental and skeletal jaw irregularities with the aim of improving chewing, breathing, and speaking. The oral surgeon, in collaboration with an orthodontist, will reconstruct and realign your upper and lower jaws into the correct facial and dental mix to improve facial appearance and bite.
  • Oral surgery can also be used to correct a number of congenital disabilities of your skull and face, such as cleft palate and cleft lip surgery.

Your dentist, oral surgeon, and orthodontist will usually collaborate to figure out whether oral surgery is the way to go for you. But, ultimately, it is up to the oral surgeon to decide which procedure is the most appropriate. As part of your dental team, your oral surgeon will provide surgical consultation, emotional support, and educational support, for the duration of your treatment.

Book Your Consultation at Magnolia Dental Today!

While the thought of oral surgery may strike fear in your heart, don’t let it. At Magnolia Dental in Greenville, SC, we are entirely dedicated to your satisfaction. We can assess your situation and decide if you require oral surgery to correct something. Contact us today at (864)242-2848 or schedule an appointment online.