Sometimes, the dental problem you are dealing with may require oral surgery. However, this isn't something to worry about as most oral surgical procedures are usually very short. Moreover, at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, Dr. Redlinger and use a safe dose of anesthesia to numb the surgical site. This helps control pain and prevents discomfort as we treat your dental problem.
We try our best to keep all our dental treatments minimally invasive. However, there are certain tooth problems where surgery may be the best option to ensure lasting relief from pain. Common dental conditions where patients might need oral surgery include:
Mostly, it's the impacted wisdom teeth that require surgery. However, tooth impaction can occur in other places in your jaw too. An impacted tooth means it did not erupt fully and your gum is still covering it partially. Or it might not have come out at all. This often leads to gum infections if you do not remove the affected tooth on time. At times, misaligned teeth can cause an otherwise normal tooth to become impacted. This often leads to pain due to abnormal pressure on the jaw.
If your teeth or the lower and upper jaw are not aligned properly, we might recommend you to go for orthognathic surgery.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small bone connecting your jaw to the skull, just near the ears. Inflammation or problems in the natural structure of this joint can cause jaw pain, headache, and even jaw-popping. Usually, oral devices and ice compress help alleviate the symptoms. However, if the problem persists, you may need dental surgery to correct it.
Doctors or respiratory health specialists often recommend patients who have trouble breathing while sleeping (excessive snoring) or sleep apnea to go to an oral surgeon. Your dental surgeon at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center can help identify whether the position of your teeth or a specific part of your mouth is causing the blockage.