7 Common Reasons for Oral Surgery

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
7 Common Reasons for Oral Surgery

Two Penn Dental Family Practice dentists perform an oral surgery procedure on a patient.Oral surgery may sound serious, but did you know that it’s routinely used to treat a variety of conditions affecting the appearance or function of your teeth, gums, mouth, and jaws? And, dental implants and teeth extraction (including wisdom teeth) are considered oral surgery. In fact, they’re the two most commonly performed types.

If your dentist recommends an oral surgery procedure, you’ll probably want to know more about the kinds of conditions it can be used to treat. Penn Dental Family Practice explains what you need to know if your dentist talks to you about it.

“Why Do I Need Oral Surgery?” and Other Top Questions Answered

If you’re visiting the dentist because you have a problem, such as pain in your tooth or jaw, or your dentist notices something during an exam, oral surgery may be recommended as a treatment plan. What are the seven common reasons it could be recommended? (The first two reasons bear repeating.)

 A young woman at the PDFP office waits in the exam chair while novocaine is handed over for her oral surgery procedure.

  1. Needing a tooth extracted. Whether it’s a wisdom tooth or another tooth crowding the mouth or needing to be removed for braces, extraction may be the solution to opening up space and relieving symptoms such as pain or swelling in the case of an impacted wisdom tooth.
  2. Needing a dental implant to fill a hole when natural teeth are missing. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw to act like a tooth’s root so that artificial replacement teeth can be screwed into it to fill the empty space.
  3. Needing a gum graft. If you have thinning or receding gums, your oral surgeon may recommend grafting to cover and protect exposed roots.
  4. Needing a root canal to treat an infection. If an infection enters your tooth’s root and you’re experiencing pain or nerve damage, surgery is performed to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth.
  5. Needing teeth or jaw repair after an injury or trauma to the face. This can also include reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
  6. Needing jaw realignment to lessen migraines, TMJ symptoms, earaches, and overbites. This corrective oral surgery is used to reduce discomfort and pain.
  7. Needing removal of both noncancerous and cancerous lumps, bumps, and tissues. Oral surgery is used to remove growths on the lips, tongue, gums, and inside of the mouth.

If you experience any of these seven issues and your dentist recommends one of these types of oral surgery, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon.

What Does an Oral Surgeon Do? How Are They Different From My PDFP Dentist?

A man smiles while sitting casually on his couch after his oral surgery procedure has occurred. An oral surgeon, also sometimes referred to as a maxillofacial surgeon, differs from your dentist because they undergo additional years of training alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine. They have a unique understanding of the appearance and function of the face, including the teeth, bones, skin, muscles, and tissue.

As such, the oral surgeons at Penn Dental Family Practice don’t just have licenses in dentistry, but they are also licensed medical doctors. This means they have gone through eight or more years of additional training. If your dentist refers you to one of our oral surgeons, you can trust that they bring the latest insights and knowledge to your treatment and care, and they have joined us from the top programs in the country.

You can find out more about the Penn Dental Family Practice Oral Surgery Advantage by downloading this free flyer.

If You Need Oral Surgery, You’re in Good Hands With PDFP

Whether it’s for an extraction or a more serious reason, choosing the right oral surgeon is important for your care and peace of mind. At Penn Dental Family Practice, you get the convenience of staying within the practice you trust. We collaborate across all dental specialties and coordinate your care seamlessly. And you get the benefit of care from dentists who are among the most respected in their fields.

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