Legacy Surgery
2071 Pro Pointe Lane
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

November 29, 2022

What Are The Reasons To See An Oral Surgeon?

No one wants to encounter an oral health concern that requires the assistance of a specialist, but they happen to the best of us. For many common dental complications, oral surgery may be the best option to restore the health and beauty of your smile. The good news is that oral surgery has become more effective, comfortable, and affordable thanks to advancements in modern dental techniques. If your family dentist recommends that you consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a dental concern, Legacy Surgery is here to help. Here's what you should know before scheduling your appointment.

What Does an Oral Surgeon Do?

Maintaining a healthy smile is essential to living a healthy life for years to come. With this in mind, treating oral health problems as soon as you recognize them is crucial to prevent minor issues from progressing into more serious ones. While general dentists are equipped to address many oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, there are some instances where an oral surgeon is necessary to treat more complicated dental issues. An oral surgeon is a dental specialist who has undergone extensive training in surgeries on the mouth, jaw, facial structures, and neck. Dental surgeons can perform both restorative and cosmetic procedures, improving the function, health, and appearance of damaged smiles. In most cases, your general dentist will recommend that you see an oral surgeon if they identify a problem beyond their expertise.

What Services Does an Oral Surgeon Provide?

Oral surgeons can address numerous oral health concerns. Some of the most common oral surgery procedures include the following:

  • Tooth Extractions: Teeth that are impacted, are causing problems, or are challenging to get to often require help from skilled oral surgeons. This is especially common with wisdom teeth removal.
  • Dental Implant Placement: This restorative dental treatment replaces one or more missing teeth by inserting a titanium rod into the patient's jawbone and attaching a dental crown to it, resulting in a convenient, permanent, natural-looking result.
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery: This procedure can correct abnormalities in your jaw that can improve TMJ pain, difficulty chewing, and aesthetic concerns.
  • Dental Bone Grafts: Oral surgery can extend a patient's jawbone in preparation for dental implants after bone loss following periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal Surgery: For people with severe gum disease, surgery can be used to thoroughly remove tartar buildup beneath the gum line and graft gum tissue that has eroded over time.
  • Sleep Apnea: Oral surgery can help some individuals with obstructive sleep apnea breathe better when they sleep.
  • Cleft Lip or Palate Repair: For babies born with an opening in their upper lip, corrective surgery may be necessary to improve the form and functionality of their mouth.

What Oral Services Does Legacy Surgery Provide?

Schedule Your Next Oral Appointment at Legacy Surgery

Legacy Surgery is here for you if your dentist recommends seeing an oral surgeon. Our compassionate team knows how overwhelming the thought of surgery can be. That's why we pride ourselves on providing exceptional quality care to ensure you feel informed and at ease through the recovery process. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Kesecker can help restore your smile!

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