Many of us feel lucky enough to skip visiting an oral surgeon for most of our lives outside of wisdom tooth extractions, but oral surgeons do so much more than just tooth extraction. Knowing when to visit your oral surgeon may be the difference between having a tooth extracted and perfecting your smile. Read this post to learn more about what services oral surgeons provide and how they can help you find more reasons to smile.
1 – They Have Years of Advanced Training
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine specialty fields recognized by the American Dental Association. In order to become a recognized oral surgeon, your doctor has to complete one or more additional years of training directly related to surgical treatment beyond earning a doctoral degree. These years of training allow them to offer patients numerous advanced surgical procedures.
2 – They’re Not Just Here for Wisdom Teeth
In fact, your oral surgeon can provide a wide range of services including:
- Facial reconstruction following traumatic injury
- Surgical airway therapies to improve breathing
- Early orthodontic intervention for kids and teens whose jaws are significantly irregularly positioned or malformed
- For your safety and comfort, most oral surgeons also have a dental anesthesiologist on staff to provide higher levels of sedation than are available in traditional dental practices
3 – They Can Replace Lost Teeth
Your oral surgeon doesn’t just remove teeth. They can actually replace missing teeth. If you’re looking to renew your smile with dental implants, an oral surgeon can perform your implant placement procedure. They can also prepare your smile for dental implant placement by performing preparatory treatments like bone and soft tissue grafts.
4 – They Can Save Teeth During Emergencies
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, an oral surgeon may be able to protect or restore your smile. If you’ve experienced serious facial trauma during a sporting event, lost a tooth, or experienced other significant injuries, an oral surgeon can help by relieving pain and reconstructing your smile to its full, healthy form and function. Most surgical practices also work with local hospitals, so if you have a serious or life threatening emergency, your oral surgeon can be available at the hospital to work with your team of physicians.
Meet the Armitage Oral Surgery Team
Your Chicago oral surgeons and team at Armitage Oral Surgery are happy to help you with any advanced dentistry needs. From early orthodontic interventions to complete rehabilitation following facial trauma or other emergencies, our team is here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have questions or need our team of oral and maxillofacial surgery experts to provide personalized, surgical plans to fully restore, enhance, or transform your smile. Come back next month to check out our blog and learn more about oral surgery from our caring Chicago team.