3 Signs That Could Mean You Need Oral Surgery
We know that nobody likes to think about oral surgery. Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm doesn’t recommend surgery unless he believes it’s truly in the best interest of a patient’s long-term health.
While many common concerns can be treated with less invasive alternatives, the fact remains that sometimes surgery truly is your best bet.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues, please call Chesterfield Valley Dental today for an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Rahm to determine the best course of action to restore your health and your comfort.
1. You are missing one or more teeth.
Missing teeth don’t always mean surgery, but surgical dental implant placement is often the best tooth replacement option for your long-term dental health. Because the implant post is placed directly into your bone, it functions as an artificial root and stimulates bone maintenance – a benefit no other replacement option can offer.
2. Your wisdom teeth are painful or are forcing your other teeth out of alignment.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but problems with wisdom teeth are incredibly common. Changes in the human diet over the millennia have changed the size of our mouths, and our jaws are often simply too small for our wisdom teeth to erupt without a problem. Common issues with wisdom teeth include crowding, impaction (failure to fully erupt), and infection. If your wisdom teeth are problematic, extracting them is the best option.
3. You have severe gum recession that is exposing the roots of your teeth.
Periodontal (gum) disease affects nearly 50 percent of all adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In its early stages, gum disease can usually be controlled with changes to your home care routine and, if needed, extra cleanings and antibiotic therapy. But if your disease has progressed to the point where your roots are exposed, increasing your risk for pain, sensitivity, and decay, oral surgery to restore your gum tissue is a smart choice.
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We’ll always discuss all your options with you so you can be confident you are making informed decisions about your health.
Please call our practice today at (636) 537-5240 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.