Oral surgery is a broad term used to describe a group of procedures that are aimed at addressing problems involving
the teeth, gums, and jaw bones. Some of the more common procedures include incisor extractions, dental bone grafts,
wisdom tooth extractions, and dental implants. Regardless of the procedure, oral surgery is usually safe when
performed by a skilled dentist at AC Dentistry.
Why You Might Need Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery can be used for a variety of reasons, from treating impacted teeth to correcting cosmetic issues. But
the most common reason is wisdom tooth removal.
Types of Oral Surgery
Tooth extraction is a procedure a dentist can perform for a variety of reasons, such as tooth decay, infection, gum
disease, or crowding. During the procedure, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent the
patient from feeling any pain. Using forceps, the dentist will grasp the tooth and loosen it from its socket. After
the extraction, the dentist will clean the area and then place gauze over the socket, which will need to be held in
place by the patient for some time.
Dental implants are a popular type of oral surgery. They’re small titanium posts that replace the roots of
missing teeth. Once the post is placed, it is allowed to heal. Once it is healed, a crown or bridge can be placed on
Dental implants offer many benefits. They look and feel like natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you
have one. They can also prevent jawbone loss, which can lead to other problems.
One of the most common types of oral surgery is bone grafting. It is needed when the jaw bone doesn’t have
enough bone material to support a dental implant. Bone grafting is fairly straightforward and involves the preparation
of the jaw bone, the application of grafting material, and suture placement.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure designed to elevate the maxillary sinus membrane. This is sometimes necessary
when a patient has insufficient bone volume for a dental implant to be placed.
During a sinus lift, an incision is made along the back of the patient’s gums. The periodontist then lifts the
sinus membrane and fills in the area with bone or bone-like material. The incision is then sutured closed so the wound
can heal properly.
A frenectomy is recommended for patients who experience difficulties speaking, or who have an open bite. A frenectomy
is a minor oral surgery that can be completed in one visit. The procedure involves cutting the frenum with a
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have severe sleep apnea and haven’t found relief from other treatments, oral surgery may be able to
How Oral Surgery Is Performed?
How oral surgery is performed depends on the specific procedure. Most procedures are done either under local or
general anesthesia. Simpler procedures such as tooth extractions and biopsies may be performed under local anesthesia.
More involved procedures such as jaw surgery or root canal treatment may require general anesthesia.
Visit AC Dentistry at 7350 Cahaba Valley Rd. #106, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 533-6799 to learn more
about the benefits of oral surgery.