The oral cavity is an important area of the body for many different processes. Of course, this region aids in digestion and the healthy consumption of foods to be processed by the body. It is also a location that can alert a dentist or doctor to other health concerns elsewhere in the body. Many diseases present in the mouth can indicate something greater going on beyond the oral cavity itself. It is also a region of the body that can help to spread infection and disease. For that reason, it is vital that an individual knows and understands where their oral health stands and the procedures that may be available to help build it to a healthy place. Due to neglect, life events, or natural development, this journey toward healthiness may require oral surgery.
Oral surgery can range in severity from minor to major procedures. However, any oral surgery is an invasive procedure that can involve many different techniques and many different rationales behind its need. The following outlines many of the common reasons why a dentist will recommend oral surgery and the problems that can be corrected via its use. We’ll also look at the different types of numbing agents that can help to alleviate the pain and trauma associated with said procedures.
In life, there are times when trauma can happen that actually impacts the mouth or oral region. Whether it is a fight that results in physical damage, a car accident, or another situation, this can result in broken or missing teeth. Tooth loss is not uncommon but may require reparations that involve oral surgery. Specifically, it may require extraction of the broken tooth or teeth. When this occurs, it is likely that a dentist will offer an individual the opportunity to replace the missing oral structures with faux or false teeth. This, again, is not uncommon but may require oral surgery in order to stabilize the new structures. Therefore, those who have a broken or lost tooth will likely have to have oral surgery which removes the broken pieces that may be left behind and replacement within the gum line of a replacement structure.
Tooth extraction is not an uncommon process. Many dentists will perform this procedure right in their dental offices. The reasons for tooth extraction can vary. For some, it is the result of tooth decay which has eaten away at the layers of the teeth beyond the point of salvage or it may be that a tooth was broken due to eating something that was too hard for the tooth to sustain. Tooth breakage can be the result of calcium deficiencies as well. Regardless of the precipitating causes, when a breakage or decaying of the tooth occurs beyond the ability of repair, it is likely that a dentist will recommend oral surgery commonly known as tooth extraction. This process involves physical removal of the tooth from the mouth and may or may not involve replacements. Depending on the location in the mouth and the patient desires, sometimes extractions are not replaced.
When oral surgery is involved in a dental visit, there is inherent in this procedure the need for actually physically cutting or altering the gums and gum line. Without anesthetic, this can be very painful to the individual. In order to ease the pain of these procedures, then, a dentist or dental assistant will discuss with the patient different options in numbing the region so that the procedure does not cause pain or discomfort.
There are several different options when it comes to what numbing agents a dentist will use during oral surgery. For some procedures and minor surgeries, it is possible to use a benzocaine and lidocaine topical anesthetic. This involves a dentist placing the numbing agent on the site of surgical cutting and the surrounding areas. For other more involved procedures such as tooth extractions, the dentist will opt for an anesthetic of a similar composition which will be inserted into the gum lines near the area where surgery will take place. This creates a cooling effect that then results in the numbing of the oral region for a temporary amount of time. Common injection sites include the gums, internal jaw hinge, and the tongue.
For those that have strong anxiety in relation to the dentist and may not be comfortable or safe to withstand oral surgery with a typical anesthetic, and inhaled form of the anesthetic may be best. This will essentially put a patient to sleep and not allow them to feel the surgery that is taking place. A dentist will likely discuss with an individual which approach is best for them and their oral health, taking into consideration personal preference whenever possible and physically feasible.
All in all, an oral surgery is a process used to give you a healthy mouth with strong teeth. At times a surgery is unavoidable, so if you’re having teeth issues or need a surgery please get in touch with Ace Dental and dentist Karanvir Singh Sibia, DDS at 916-772-0111. We’ll do the job for you in a less painful manner and at affordable rates.