The benefits of oral surgery
We are the first generation to have teeth remaining in our mouths by the time we turn 60 while our grandparents wear prostheses and our parents' teeth are fitted with dental bridges. This is because of the advancement of tooth-preserving surgical techniques and implants to replace our missing teeth. Oral surgery includes tooth and root removal, tooth-preserving surgery, dental implantology and gingivoplastical surgery (surgery of the gums).
Tooth and root removal
There are countless urban legends about how horrifying tooth extractions are. Over the years, the number of removed teeth has decreased significantly because modern oral surgery is all about prevention and preservation. However, if the condition of bone tissue surrounding a tooth is critical, today's dental implants serve as excellent alternatives, making tooth extraction a viable option. For implantation to be possible, the jawbone has to contain a sufficient volume of healthy bone structure. It is easier to preserve and use bone tissue than to restore its condition by a series of complicated, long and expensive surgeries, even if doing so may require the removal of a tooth. Today, only lasting and reliable surgical solutions are considered preventive by dental professionals. In order to achieve the best results possible, it is sometimes inevitable to remove a decayed tooth. Sophistication and precision of modern instruments prevent any unnecessary damage that tooth and root extraction used to cause. Thanks to local anesthesia, the process of removal is completely painless and alternative therapies help to minimize pain after the surgery, too.
Surgical tooth preservation
- The formation of gingival pockets on our gums is a common dental condition, caused by poorly applied fillings or crowns. Because of them, certain parts of the gums cannot be cleaned properly. With time, gingival pockets may cause teeth loss. By cleaning these pockets and, if needed, restoring healthy bone structure, they can be closed, significantly extending the lifespan of affected teeth.
- Abrasion of the neck of a tooth can be caused by unequal load on teeth when chewing, gnashing or grinding teeth, or using the toothbrush improperly. A possible treatment is to pull the gums back to their original place during a gingivoplastical surgery.