Oral surgery is a dental specialty dedicated to diagnosing and treating many diseases and disorders of the mouth, teeth, gums, and jaws. At Ragan Family Dentistry, we perform oral surgery procedures to address bite or jaw alignment problems, injuries to soft tissues or facial bones, impacted teeth, and more.
Oral surgery procedures are typically performed under anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. After the surgery, proper post-operative care and follow-up visits are essential for a smooth recovery and optimal outcomes.
Types of Oral Surgery Procedures
Oral surgery is often performed to extract teeth such as impacted wisdom teeth or severely decayed or damaged teeth. Teeth may also be extracted for orthodontic treatment or if they can no longer be restored.
Dental Implant Placement
Our dentist performs oral surgery for the placement of dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth. This procedure requires precise planning and placement to ensure the implant integrates with the bone properly.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct jawbone and bite alignment irregularities. It can help improve facial balance, function, and aesthetics in jaw discrepancies, such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
Our dentist may perform bone grafting in cases where the jawbone lacks sufficient volume or density to support dental implants. This involves taking bone from another body area or using artificial bone graft materials to augment the jawbone and create a stable implant foundation.
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
Oral surgery procedures are also performed to treat conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. For these conditions, our dentist may recommend various treatments to alleviate pain and improve jaw function, including medications, oral appliances, or surgical interventions.
The Benefits of Oral Surgery
Treatment of Facial Trauma
Oral surgeons are skilled in treating facial injuries and fractures that affect the jaw, cheekbones, nose, or orbits. They can perform reconstructive procedures to restore facial appearance, function, and proper alignment of the facial bones.
Alleviation of TMJ Disorders
Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause discomfort, pain, and limited jaw movement. Dentists can diagnose and treat TMJ disorders, providing various treatment options such as medications, oral appliances, or surgical interventions when necessary.
Improved Oral Health and Quality of Life
Oral surgery can significantly improve oral health and overall quality of life by addressing dental issues, correcting jaw irregularities, and managing oral pathologies. It can alleviate pain, enhance oral function, restore aesthetics, and promote better oral hygiene practices.
If you need oral surgery, our dentist will determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your condition after evaluating your oral health and discussing the benefits and risks of each treatment option. For the best dental care, visit Ragan Family Dentistry at 201 S 3rd St., McAlester, OK 74501, or call (918) 426-9900.