What Is Oral Surgery?
Any surgical procedure that involves your teeth, jaw, or the soft tissues in your mouth is considered to be oral surgery. Procedures that involve your head, neck, or jaws are considered to be oral surgery procedures as well. Examples include teeth extractions, reconstructive surgery, treatment for TMJ disorders, dental implants, and oral cancer surgery.
Why Do I Need Oral Surgery?
There are many reasons you might need to have oral surgery. It’s the only way to fix certain conditions, such as a cleft lip. Some teeth that need to be extracted can simply be pulled, but others must be removed surgically. In some cases, oral surgery might be only one of several options to treat your condition. During your consultation, your doctor will explain why the surgery is the best or only treatment option. You will also be given a chance to ask questions and to decide if the recommended surgery is right for you.