Not every dental problem will need oral surgery, but some are worse than others. If they aren’t treated on time, they can severely complicate the problems and need much more expensive treatments to be fixed.
At TruCare Dentistry in Roswell, we believe in the adage “a stitch in time can save nine.” In this blog post, we have listed nine ominous signs that indicate you’ll need oral surgery. Read on to gain valuable information.
- Problems in the wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third and toughest set of molars at the back of the mouth. As per a study, one out of every five people in the world has one to three wisdom teeth at the time of birth. Many people get that in their early twenties. For a majority of them, they don’t cause any trouble. But when crowded or impacted, they can create several dental issues. That’s why they need to be removed as soon as they start creating problems. The American Dental Association recommends the removal of wisdom teeth when it hurts, often get infected, and are filled with cysts.
- Dental injuries
Dental injury of any type is a medical emergency. It needs immediate attention and the right type of treatment. When a person suffers from any dental trauma, then visiting an emergency dentist is extremely critical. An experienced dental specialist is the right person to recommend suitable surgery or treatment for the injured tooth.
- Inadequate bone density
Deterioration of the jawbone can happen due to various factors. It can be due to old age or periodontal diseases, or any other underlying conditions that eat away bone density. The signs of jawbone loss can manifest in the form of changes in the facial features, shifting of teeth, jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, restricted lip support, and more. If not treated on time, it can lead to many more dental and health problems. The right oral surgery for the condition is bone grafting, in which bone material is transplanted to the jaw to reinforce it.
- Teeth or jaw infections
Teeth infections happen due to the bacteria invasion into the pulp and the adjacent nerves and tissues. Gum infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis occur when the soft tissues are damaged and gums start to recede. Some of the common symptoms of teeth and jaw infections include dental cavities, loose teeth, tender gums, and decayed teeth or tender gums. If you notice any of the signs in your teeth, then immediately call your dentist to know what treatment or surgery you will need to kill the infection. Some common procedures for dental and periodontal infections are tooth extraction, root canal treatment, operation and drainage, gingivoplasty, gingivectomy, and elimination of diseased tissues.
- Misaligned jaw or teeth
Misalignment of jaw or teeth is a condition when the jaw or some teeth are not aligned with each other. If the misalignment (or malocclusion as it is called in dental parlance) is mild, the jaw or teeth can do without surgery or treatment. But if it’s a bit severe, then the affected jaw and teeth need timely treatment to prevent further complications. If the misalignment is apparent, then it calls for a visit to an experienced and competent dentist who will examine the problems thoroughly and prescribe the right procedures. Some of the right treatment options include braces, dentures, and Invisalign. Surgeries such as Maxillomandibular and Orthognathic surgery are also effective.
- Persistent pain in the face and headaches
While occasional facial pains, tenderness in the jaw, earaches, and headaches every once in a while may not be an indicator of any ominous outcomes, the persistent symptoms can be a sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ). The condition affects jaw joints and adjacent ligaments and muscles. TMJ can occur from an improper bite, trauma, wear and tear, and arthritis. The common treatments include prosthodontics, splint, and mouthguard. Visiting a dental specialist will provide the right recommendations for the treatment options.
- Facial moles (nevi)
While all moles aren’t malignant, the ones that have an abnormal shape, unusual colors, velvety texture, and irregular borders may be dangerous for your oral health. They are known as nevi, which are non-cancerous moles on the skin formed by an accumulation of melanocytes. But there is another form of nevi, known as white sponge nevi, which is found on the oral mucosa (the moist lining of the mouth) or buccal mucosa (inside of the cheek). If you find any such abnormal moles or nevi in your mouth, then visit your dentist immediately.
- Loose teeth
Loose teeth are quite common in children. They herald the fall of primary teeth and the growth of permanent teeth. But they can be a cause of huge concern in adults and the elderly. They signify decay and some underlying dental problems. If you find any loose tooth, then consult your dentist immediately and try to find the reason behind it. Tooth extraction is the most common type of oral surgery for loose teeth, but that’s the last resort.
- Missing teeth
Last but not the least, a missing tooth or teeth require treatment or it can cause further dental problems such as bone resorption, pressure on the existing tooth, weakening of the jawbone, and many more issues. Even though missing teeth is quite common among the elderly, it’s massively overlooked. If you lose a tooth or a few teeth, then it’s crucial to replace that as soon as possible. It will not only restore your smile but will keep many serious dental issues at bay.
By and large,
Oral surgery is indispensable when certain dental problems pose a big threat to adjacent teeth or the overall health. When the problems are detected early, they can be fixed with less invasive and less expensive procedures. If you experience any of the nine signs, then you must see a dentist without delay. If you are looking for a dental examination or some specific oral procedures, then TruCare Dentistry can be a great choice for you. Visit our services page to know the range of services we are providing and schedule an appointment today.