You know the orthodontists at Redwood Orthodontics best for our preventive treatments such as braces, but Dr. Mortensen is also here to provide oral surgery services to patients in need. When certain other orthodontic treatments have been unable to correct a particular irregularity, oral surgery is generally needed.
What are some of the types of issues that can result in the necessity of oral surgery? Let’s take a look at a few of the most common.
This is mostly a wisdom teeth issue, but can happen elsewhere as well – impacted teeth take place when the teeth can’t grow properly through the gums. They can lead to sore gums and infections, which can become serious in some cases. In severe enough cases, both for wisdom teeth and others, surgery will be necessary.
In some cases, replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is necessary. This is done through a titanium implant in the jaw, and then a crown attached in the area where it’s needed.
Overbite and Underbite
If the jaw or teeth are misaligned, it could led to an overbite or an underbite. Both these issues can cause problems with chewing or swallowing, plus can lead to sleep apnea for some people. In some cases, your dentist will recommend oral surgery.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is what connects the jaw to the skull with a hinge right in front of the ears. When the TMJ has issues, it can lead to jaw popping, stiffness and headaches. If prior treatments like pain medications, ice packs and oral devices are unsuccessful, oral surgery can be an option.
Sleep and Breathing
Snoring and major sleep apnea – a condition that leads to breathing stopping during sleep – can be related to issues in the mouth, and they’re often corrected via oral surgery. Once again, this is often a follow-up treatment after a CPAP machine or other less invasive solution is unsuccessful.
Oral surgeons can also treat some cancers, including mouth, head, neck, sinus and throat cancers. They can also assist with nerve repair, lesion removal and cleft palate surgery.
To learn more about how oral surgery can help with certain issues, or to find out about any of our other orthodontic services, call the offices of Redwood Orthodontics today.