- June 27, 2017
If you are like most people, you hope that you will never need oral surgery. We hope you don’t either, but there are times when it is the best option for your oral health.
That’s why we want to take some time to discuss three kinds of oral surgery that we offer at Holly Dental Care.
We prefer to use the least invasive treatment whenever possible, and we aren’t going to recommend any treatment unless we believe it will be beneficial for your long-term oral health.
If you have not yet scheduled your next dental cleaning at our dentist office in Holly, MI, then today would be a great day to do that. Call 877-321-1933 or contact us online to request an appointment soon.
In the meantime, take a moment to learn about three procedures that could save your smile.
Types Of Oral Surgery
Oral surgeries can be performed for a variety of reasons. In general, however, they are done for the sake of improving a patient’s oral health. Here are three procedures we can do in our office for you or someone you love.
◼ Tooth Extractions
As dental professionals, we want to save as many teeth as we can. Even so, there are times when removing a tooth is the best option. There are a couple reasons that we may recommend a tooth extraction.
First, you have a tooth that cannot be saved. This may be due to tooth decay that has gone untreated for too long. This could be a result of gum disease that has weakened the security of your teeth at the roots.
This also can be the result of an accident or injury. For example, if you crack a tooth and that crack spreads deep into the tooth, then it may not be possible to save it with a dental crown.
In the instances mentioned above, we also may recommend replacing the tooth as soon as you are able.
A second reason you may need a tooth removed is in preparation for orthodontic care. There are times when certain teeth create problems that would make orthodontic treatment much more complicated.
In those instances, it can be more effective to remove the tooth so the rest of your teeth can be better aligned.
◼ Wisdom Tooth Removal
You may be wondering why this is listed separately from tooth extractions. After all, wisdom teeth are still teeth, right?
Yes, they are, but their location in your mouth can make wisdom teeth removal a little different than other kinds of extractions.
As you already may know, your wisdom teeth are your last teeth to erupt. These are your third molars and they come in the very back of your mouth. Unfortunately, most people don’t have jaws large enough for these teeth to fit correctly.
This can lead to problems such as wisdom teeth pushing into your existing teeth. This can lead to crowding. Wisdom teeth also can become impacted when they can’t erupt like they should. That can create other problems, such as an increased risk for gum disease.
With regular visits to Holly Dental Care, we can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth with X-rays. We can recommend removal when needed to prevent the problems mentioned above.
◼ Root Canals
Root canals are one of the procedures that patients worry about the most. We know because we’ve seen the looks on our patients’ faces when they learn that they need a root canal to fix an infected tooth.
In modern dental care, we can perform pain-free root canal procedures. In many ways, it’s become more like getting a large dental filling thanks to modern techniques and technology.
A root canal can save you from needing a tooth extraction and preserve the appearance of your smile.
The first step in any oral surgery is to make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. This can be done with local anesthetic, sedation dentistry, or both. When we know you are ready, we will remove the infected pulp from your tooth, sanitize the inside of the tooth, and fill it with a special material that helps it maintain its shape.
We’ll cap the tooth with a dental crown in most cases to restore the function of the tooth and the appearance of your smile.
Everyone at our dentist office in Holly, MI, wants you to keep your healthy smile. Find out more about our oral surgery and other services by contacting us online or by calling 877-321-1933.