Some dental procedures require a very specific set of dental skills and fall into a branch of dentistry called oral surgery.
When you hear the words "oral surgery," you may think of a hospital setting, general anesthesia, and one or more days in recovery from this type of dental procedure. Because of that, you might be surprised to learn what is actually considered oral surgery in dentistry.
Many dental procedures performed in a general dental office are considered oral surgery and patients who require such procedures are booked for it without the inconvenience of being put on a waiting list in a different office for treatment.
Here are some examples of oral surgery procedures.
The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, known as jaw surgery to most, is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dental implants are becoming a common procedure to replace missing teeth or to provide stability to a new or existing denture. Performed by a dentist or oral surgeon, the procedure for placing a dental implant may vary depending on the technique used by the dentist or surgeon, and by the type of implant used.
Detection and Treatment of Diseases
Dentists are trained to detect oral cancer, as the signs of this devastating disease typically go unnoticed and are not easily detected. If your dentist discovers something suspicious in an area of your mouth, face, neck, or jaw that may have an underlying problem, a biopsy may be performed to further diagnose a possible condition. A biopsy is usually a surgical procedure that is used to remove a piece of tissue in an area of the body that is suspected as being diseased.