Oral Surgery at Martock Dental Pratice Somerset

All about Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery comes into play when dental issues become complex and need specialised care.

Oral health is essential to our overall well-being and sometimes, maintaining it may require more than just dental examinations at regular intervals.

Oral Surgery at Martock Dental Pratice Somerset

At Martock Dental Practice, we understand that “oral surgery” can sound daunting, but we’re here to demystify it for you! In this blog article, we’ll delve into what oral Surgery entails, why it might be necessary, and how our skilled Oral surgeon, Dr Efstatios Mylanos at Martock Dental Practice, can ensure your comfort and well-being.

What is Oral Surgery?

The speciality of Oral Surgery deals with diagnosing and managing pathology of the mouth and jaws that require surgical intervention. Oral Surgery involves treating children, adolescents and adults and managing dentally anxious and medically complex patients.

This field combines dental with surgical techniques to address complex issues that cannot be solved through routine dental care alone. Some of the common conditions that may require oral Surgery include:

  • Surgical removal of teeth and retained roots – this includes impacted wisdom teeth that may not have sufficient room to emerge properly leading to pain, infection or damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Management of cystic lesions of the jaws – left as it is, cystic lesions may turn to be sinister leading to bony fractures if the lesion grows too big or even cancerous. 
  • Biopsies of lesions inside the mouth – these could be soft or hard tissue lesions- biopsies help to diagnose the problem.
  • Management of mucosal diseases of the mouth – early diagnosis and surgical intervention are essential when dealing with oral pathologies such as cancer or cysts, as they can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Types of Oral Surgery

Oral surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures that address various issues related to the mouth, teeth, jaw, and facial region. Most Oral Surgical procedures can be carried out in a general practice setting in primary care. However, some complex procedures such as cancer surgeries or treating medically compromised patients may need to be treated in a hospital setting. 

Here are some common types of oral surgery:

  • Difficult Tooth Extraction:
    This is one of the most common types of oral surgery. It involves the removal of a tooth or multiple teeth. Extractions are necessary for severely decayed teeth or that have only the roots remaining. 
  • Dental Implant Placement:
    Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically implanted into the jawbone to support prosthetic teeth. This procedure is utilised to replace missing teeth with a permanent and natural-looking solution.
  • Orthodontic extractions:
    Sometimes, it is recommended for teeth to be extracted as part of orthodontic treatment to straighten crowded or malaligned teeth. 
  • Oral Pathology Treatment:
    Oral surgeons diagnose and treat a range of oral pathologies, including oral cancers, cysts, and tumours. Surgical intervention may be necessary to remove these abnormalities; however, bigger lesions may need to be treated in a hospital/ medical setting. 
  • Pre-Prosthetic Surgery:
    This type of surgery prepares the mouth and jaw to receive dental prosthetics like dentures or dental bridges. It may involve smoothing bone irregularities, removing excess bone, or adjusting the soft tissues.
  • Bone Grafting:
    Bone grafting is often performed as part of dental implant procedures. It involves adding bony tissue to the jawbone to improve its density and provide a more stable foundation for dental implants.
  • Soft Tissue Surgery:
    Soft tissue surgery may include procedures like gum grafts to treat receding gums, frenectomy to correct issues with the tissue connecting the lips or tongue, or the removal of oral lesions and biopsies.
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal:
    Wisdom teeth, or third molars, often do not have enough space to emerge properly and may become impacted. Oral surgery is commonly required to extract impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Reconstructive Surgery:
    After traumatic injuries, accidents, or surgical removal of tumours, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to restore the form and function of the facial and oral structures. This may also be done in a hospital setting and often involves other specialities such as Oral and Maxillofacial and/ or plastic surgeons.
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Surgery:
    In cases of severe temporomandibular joint disorders, once all conservative measures are exhausted, surgery may be considered to correct issues affecting the joint, which can lead to pain, limited jaw movement, and other symptoms. This is a complex surgical undertaking and is performed in a medical setting under the Oral and Maxillofacial speciality. 

These are just a few examples of the types of oral surgery procedures performed by oral surgeons. If you have a question, please contact us for a consultation.

Oral Surgery at Martock Dental Practice

Oral Surgery may sound intimidating, but it’s a crucial aspect of modern dentistry that can help maintain your oral health and overall well-being.

At Martock Dental Practice, we are dedicated to delivering only the highest quality of care in a comfortable and supportive environment. If you have any questions about oral Surgery or need to discuss your oral health concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your health and smile are our top priorities, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Unsure you need oral surgery? Get in touch & our Oral Surgeon can help determine the best dental treatment for you.

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