The prospect of oral surgery can be daunting, and Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm doesn’t recommend it lightly. There are situations, however, that warrant oral surgery. Here are some of the signs that it might be right for your situation.
If your gum disease has reached the point where your gums have started to recede, you might need surgery to restore your gum tissue. It’s important to address gum disease; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all American adults are suffering from gum disease. When it’s caught in its early stages, it is highly treatable. But when it has progressed, surgery might be your only option.
The best tooth replacement option for most people is teeth implants. This surgical procedure places titanium screws into the jawbone, which are then finished off with a dental crown. Most patients report minimal discomfort after this procedure, and the healing process is relatively quick. Dental implants will protect your jawbone—and give you back the form and function of your smile.
Wisdom teeth don’t always have to be removed, but for most people, they cause problems and extraction is the best way to protect the health of their other teeth. Most people have jaws that are simply not big enough to accommodate these large molars. This means their other teeth can be pushed out of alignment, or the wisdom teeth can get stuck under the surface of the gums, meaning they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection developing, which can cause a host of other problems.
If you are facing oral surgery in Chesterfield, MO, rest assured that Dr. Robert Rahm will only recommend this as a last resort. He will always discuss all of your options to ensure you feel good about the decisions you are making with your oral health. Call us today to schedule a consultation.