5 Signs You May Need to Find an Oral Surgeon

It is vital to schedule regular dental appointments to ensure that you prevent dental health issues. Failing to treat simple problems can lead to dental emergencies. Bleeding from the gums or severe teeth, gum, or jaw pain can indicate the need for oral surgery. 


You should take persistent oral issues seriously. Imaging and diagnostic tests can help determine whether you need surgery. Here are signs that you may need to find an oral surgeon. 


Damaged or Lost Tooth 


Tooth extraction is the most common type of oral surgery. You may need oral surgery if you have a damaged or decayed tooth. Conditions such as a missing or lost tooth may necessitate oral surgery to prevent gum disease and other oral complications. 


The problem can cause speech-related issues, gum disease, and complications with neighboring teeth. Tooth replacement procedures or tooth implant surgery can help treat oral damage.


Impacted Teeth 


Having impacted teeth is a sign that you may need an oral surgeon. Molars are usually the last teeth to erupt and are most likely to become impacted. Also known as wisdom teeth, they usually erupt in the late teens or early twenties. 


In some cases, the teeth fail to emerge fully, which can cause decay and infection in the surrounding tissue. If you experience oral swelling accompanied by pain and fever, visit your dentist immediately. 


Low Jawbone Density 


Having low jawbone density is a sign that you may need oral surgery. Bone deterioration usually occurs when a tooth has been missing for a long time. You should have adequate jawbone density if you need dental implants to replace a missing tooth. 


Your dentist may recommend dental bone grafting before you get implants. Healthy bone from a different site is grafted and fused to fortify the jawbone. It helps restore density and prepare the site for the implant.


TMJ Disorder 


If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), it is a sign that you need an oral surgeon. The condition is characterized by a joint defect, where the skull and lower jaw join next to the ear. 


The disorder can lead to jaw stiffness, pain, and headaches and usually requires medication, oral devices, and physical therapy. If you suffer from TMJ, you may need corrective jaw surgery. Also known as orthognathic surgery, the procedure can help address the issue.


Jaw Pain/Misalignment 


You may need jaw surgery if you suffer from jaw pain or misalignment. The procedure can help correct misalignment, improve chewing function, and address facial problems. Orthodontic devices such as braces can treat mild cases. 


However, severe cases require corrective surgery to relocate the jaw and realign the mouth. The surgery can help ease pain and balance oral movements. Surgery can also help correct issues related to sleep apnea.


Another sign that you need oral surgery is if you have severe periodontitis. Periodontal surgery can help treat damaged gum. Surgery, or gum graft, can help correct gum recession that may occur due to periodontitis. Babies born with a cleft lip and palate require oral surgery to repair the condition and restore eating function. The surgery also helps ensure that the child develops proper speech. 


For more signs you need to find an oral surgeon, call Oral Surgical Associates at (406) 282-8768 to reach our Missoula or Hamilton, Montana office.

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