There are a number of issues of which dental surgery can resolve. These problems range from cleft palates to impacted teeth. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn about just a few of the oral problems that a qualified oral surgeon can help you with.
Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate
During the developmental stage of the fetus, a problem can arise wherein the mouth and nasal cavity do not grow in tandem. This can cause a facial deformity known as a cleft lip or cleft palate. This issue manifests itself by there being a lack of facial tissue between an area in between the lip and nose. An oral surgeon can help you in a number of ways. Namely, he or she can mend the tissue between this area, effectively closing the gap, while making sure that no issues revolving around your sinuses arise by making sure the muscles around the palate continue to work properly.
When your wisdom teeth do not break the surface of your gums due to the fact that there simply is not enough room in your mouth, then impacted teeth can occur. Essentially, this can cause your teeth to become entrapped underneath the surface of your gums. This can cause inflammation and swelling in the area, not to mention the fact that, if left untreated, an impacted tooth can wind up becoming infected. Not only can this problem affect your tooth, it also creates an issue with your gums, bone, and nearby teeth. An oral surgeon can help with wisdom teeth removal to remove the impacted tooth and ensure that no damage occurs to the gums and surrounding teeth.
Sleep apnea is an issue where not enough air passes through your esophagus. There are a number of issues which might be the cause of sleep apnea. If the problem arises due to an issue with your oropharnyx or jaw, oral surgery might be recommended. Often times, the procedure requires that the palata is stiffened and shortened by removing the uvula.
Dental implants are a more permanent alternative to dentures, if you are missing numerous teeth. Implants require a surgical procedure in which the teeth replacements are grafted to the bones of the jaw and provide both aesthetic and structural integrity in place of where your teeth used to be.
Hopefully, this brief guide has shed a bit of light onto some issues that an oral surgeon can help you resolve.