Oral surgery is not something most people think about on a regular basis. However, your dentist may suggest it if you are experiencing pain or discomfort and the underlying cause can be treated with surgery. You must speak to your dentist first to know exactly what is going on with your teeth. Dr. Chan is a trained professional that can diagnose issues with teeth and offer effective treatments that reduce your discomfort and restore normal oral functioning.
You may need oral surgery if you experience any of these issues:
The impaction of teeth often occurs when it is a wisdom tooth. This is when the gums are too crowded or tough for teeth to get through, so they do not erupt from the gums. This can cause a lot of soreness and possibly lead to infections if it is not treated. Impacted teeth have to be removed by a dentist in order for relief to occur.
Issues with the jaw and its joints can also lead to oral surgery being needed. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, occurs when the joint connecting your jaw to the skull does not function the way it should. This can cause a myriad of symptoms such as headaches, stiffness in the neck, popping of the jaw, and pain in the jaw. Oral devices can be used to exercise and stimulate or relax the area, as well as ice packs and pain medication. However, Dr. Chan can treat the underlying cause and help TMJ symptoms be eliminated.
These include overbites and underbites. The teeth are not aligned properly when these conditions are present. This may result in the need for orthognathic surgery to correct the problem if the overbite or underbite is too excessive. The surgery can also be used to treat certain birth conditions, sleep apnea, and difficulties chewing and swallowing.
If you find yourself experiencing issues that you think require a dental professional, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Chan. He can diagnose and treat your dental issue so that your teeth function as they should, ensuring that your oral health is in excellent condition.