If teeth do not emerge out of the gums like they are supposed to, they can cause problems such as crowding, infections or diseased tissue. However, this can be fixed with a simple tooth extraction. Your dentist, or in some cases, your orthodontist, will monitor your mouth and recommend if any misaligned or crowded teeth should be removed to preserve the full integrity of your mouth.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are very commonly removed because many jaws are not large enough to accommodate them. If they do not grow in properly, they can cause infections, swelling, and shifting of other teeth. Learn more about wisdom teeth removal.
Sometimes dentures can fit uncomfortably if a jaw has irregularities and is lacking the support of the dentures. To help your dentures fit more comfortably, your Dental Associates oral surgeon can correct these irregularities through bone grafts. Learn more about the dentures we offer.
Tooth root substitutes placed in the jawbone. Artificial teeth are then attached to the substitute root, which is actually a titanium rod. Dental implants are an option to replace one tooth, several teeth, or even all of your teeth. Learn more about dental implants.
If your upper or lower jaw does not grow properly, it can cause difficulty eating, breathing, talking or swallowing. In extreme cases, oral surgery can create a jaw structure that is more balanced and functional.
A cleft palate is a birth defect in which portions of the nasal cavity and mouth don’t grow together properly. This results in a split or gap in the roof of the mouth, lip or both. An oral surgeon typically participates in the correction of these clefts.
An infection in the face, neck or jaws may require an oral surgeon to drain the infected area and extract any teeth that may be causing the infection or affected by it.
An oral surgeon can perform surgery to repair broken bones in the face and ensure that the break does not result in an infection or damage to surrounding teeth.
If you experience severe snoring or sleep apnea and other treatment methods have been ineffective, your oral surgeon can perform surgery to correct these issues.