Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure carried out on the mouth, specifically to the teeth, jaw, and gums. There may be a few instances when you might require oral surgery to resolve some dental conditions that otherwise cannot be treated. Oral surgeries are not something to be afraid of since anesthetics are used during the treatments.
Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS performs standard oral surgeries like the following:
Root Canal Surgery
One of the most standard types of dental surgery, root canal surgery is relatively painless and straightforward. When a tooth gets decayed, the pulp inside a tooth gets infected, causing pain and discomfort. Dr. Kevin Fong would treat this by removing the decayed parts of the tooth, extracting the infected pulp, and packing the space with a medicated filling after administering local anesthesia.
Impacted Teeth Extraction
If teeth don’t erupt out of the gums correctly, they could cause problems such as crowding, infections, or diseased tissue. However, this can be treated with a simple tooth extraction. Dr. Kevin Fong would diagnose your mouth and recommend if any misaligned or crowded teeth should be extracted to preserve the complete integrity of your mouth.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are very routinely extracted because many jawbones do not have enough space to accommodate them. If they don’t grow properly, they could cause infections, swelling, and movement of other teeth. Simple oral surgery is performed to extract the wisdom teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically placed in the jawbone and could replace one or several teeth. They are the only tooth replacement option wherein the implant fuses with the jaw bone and creates a stable, long-term, natural-looking replacement for the missing teeth.
Asymmetrical Jaw Growth Correction
If the upper or lower jaw does not grow symmetrically, it could cause difficulty in eating, breathing, talking, or swallowing. In extreme cases, oral surgery can help to create a jaw structure that’s more functional and balanced.
Cleft Palate Repair
A cleft palate is a congenital anomaly in which the nasal cavity and mouth didn’t grow together correctly. This defect causes a split or gap in the roof of the mouth, lip, or both. An oral surgeon is usually a part of these corrective surgeries.
Bone grafting is performed when a patient lacks the bone mass to support restorations such as a dental implant or dentures to replace the missing teeth.
If you have severe snoring or sleep apnea and other treatment methods have been ineffective in curing it, Dr. Fong could perform surgery to address these issues.
Call Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS at phone number (510) 783-1572 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to know more about oral surgery.