Oral surgery is a broad term that encompasses treatment for a wide array of different defects that affect the mouth, jaw, head, and neck. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we specialize in oral surgery and can provide you with the treatment you need to restore the health of your mouth, and your facial aesthetics. We offer some different procedures to achieve these goals.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of the teeth to erupt, coming in your late teen years to the early 20s. They are also the most likely teeth to become impacted. Impacted teeth are those that cannot properly erupt, or cannot erupt at all, through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious issues, including infections, cysts, overcrowding, and damage to the adjacent teeth. To treat impacted wisdom teeth, they need to be removed. Removing impacted wisdom teeth generally involves a surgical procedure, which may also involve the removal of a small amount of bone or section the teeth and remove them in pieces.
When your teeth are damaged or decayed, the ideal solution is to treat them. Treatments generally include fillings or crowns. However, if the damage is too severe, saving a damaged tooth may not be possible, and may even put your mouth at greater risk for complications. In the event of severe damage, the best solution may be to extract the teeth and then replace them.
Bone loss can happen for some reasons. When it does happen, your jaw grows weaker and begins to change shape. This affects the alignment of your teeth as well as the health of your mouth. Bone loss can also affect the shape of your face, causing sagging skin and wrinkles to form as the skin on your face loses support. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that uses bone mass from another area of your body or from a compatible donor to replace the missing bone mass, effectively restoring the strength and shape to your jaw.
Dental Implant Placement
Replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining the proper functioning of your mouth, your oral health, and the appearance of your smile. Dental implants have quickly become the most popular option for tooth replacement, providing several significant benefits including the preservation of your jawbone. No other option can provide this benefit. Dental implants use small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for the ceramic crowns that replace your missing teeth. Your bone fuses to the posts as you heal, a process that stabilizes them in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your dental restorations.
Treating Facial Trauma
There are several different types of facial trauma, including soft tissue injuries, bone injuries, and tooth injuries. We can provide treatment for all of these issues. We have extensive knowledge of the structures in and around your mouth and are very experienced at performing the necessary procedures to restore the health of your mouth. We can also provide you with the best aesthetic and functional outcomes.
Oral pathology deals with diagnosing and treating a wide variety of different diseases that affect your mouth, including oral cancer. In many cases, oral pathology involves a soft tissue biopsy. This procedure involves removing a portion of an abnormality in your mouth for closer examination under a microscope. The microscope allows us to see the cells in the tissue, and determine if they are precancerous, cancerous, or benign. Once we have diagnosed the issue, proper treatment can be provided.
From tooth extractions to facial reconstruction, oral surgery not only restores your oral health but also your facial aesthetics. If you are in need of oral surgery, call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710 to schedule your appointment.