A number of conditions may require oral surgery, including:
IMPACTED TEETH: More often than we like, one or more of the teeth fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum and becomes entrapped or "impacted" between the jawbone and the gum.
IMPROVE FIT OF DENTURES: For first-time denture wearers, oral surgery can be done to correct any irregularities of the jaws prior to creating the dentures to ensure a better fit.
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ) DISORDERS: Dysfunction of the TMJ, the small joint in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet, is a common source of headache and facial pain.
LESION REMOVAL AND BIOPSY: Oral surgeons can take a small sample of abnormal growth or tissue and then send it for laboratory testing for identification.
FACIAL INFECTIONS: Pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws may indicate an infection. Infections in this area of the body can sometimes develop into life-threatening emergencies if not treated promptly and effectively. An oral surgeon can assist in diagnosing and treating this problem.