Oral surgery can have many different applications, depending on the reason that the patient needs the surgery in the first place. Oral surgery can range in complexity from a simple tooth extraction to a full mouth reconstruction.
Many dental issues can be resolved without the need for surgery, but there are other issues where surgery is the only option. For instance, if a patient suffers from gum disease, there are more conservative options like a scaling and root planing procedure that should be tried first. In a particularly severe case of gum disease, though, scaling and root planing may not be enough. In an effort to restore this patient to a better level of oral health, a pocket reduction surgery may be needed. This surgery is designed to provide a deep cleaning that is only possible through surgery.
If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, dental implants provide you with the best replacement option. In order to place dental implants, one or more surgeries are required. The reason for this is that dental implants must be implanted deep into the jawbone. If a patient being fitted with implants does not have the necessary strength and density in their jawbone, then an additional bone graft surgery will need to take place beforehand.
Another common reason that our dentist in Northridge performs oral surgery is to extract a tooth. Teeth may be extracted because they are diseased, impacted, or need to be removed for orthodontic treatment.
If you have any questions about oral surgery, contact our oral surgeon in Northridge to schedule a consultation.