The realm of dentistry is expanding faster and wider than most people can even imagine. Gone are the days of the primeval dentistry on the Western frontier, when the local barber doubled as the person who was somehow qualified to pull out a molar at the first sign of a toothache. Dentists today—especially the ones at Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL—are highly trained professionals who are well-versed in a wide range of practices, including oral surgeries. Procedures that could only be obtained from medical professionals at a hospital in the past are now relatively common outpatient procedures. Oral surgery can range from routine practices like tooth extractions and implant placement to jaw realignment and emergency operations for facial trauma.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. For most people, these teeth do not emerge from the gum line, or if they do, the jaw is not large enough to support them and they butt against the neighboring teeth. Dentists refer to this common condition as an ”impacted tooth”—where the crown becomes lodged in between the gum tissue and the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and even infection of the gums. Wisdom teeth that do not emerge and fall into alignment naturally can cause permanent damage to adjacent teeth as well, and they can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Glenview dentists advise people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
Though this condition is most common in wisdom teeth, cuspids and bicuspids can also become impacted and can cause the same types of problems described with impacted wisdom teeth. As with wisdom teeth, most dentists will recommend oral surgery to remove them.
Family Dental Center also offers dental implant surgery to Glenview patients that have lost teeth due to disease, decay, or injury. Dental implants—cylindrical posts usually made of titanium—are surgically placed in the jawbone (unlike regular dentures, which simply sit on top of the gum) to create a studier foundation for replacement teeth. As the jaw heal, the implant will fuse to the natural bone. Though this process can take several weeks to complete, it won’t interfere with everyday life.
Other Surgical Procedures
The aforementioned procedures are some of the most common oral surgeries performed today. However, the staff at Family Dental Center is also equipped to provide special oral surgery procedures to Glenview patients. Below are some other services their staff provides:
- tooth extractions
- corrective jaw surgery
- sleep apnea treatments
- joint surgery for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- facial trauma and reconstructive surgery
- cleft lip/palate procedures
To learn more about oral surgery offered in the Glenview area, call (847) 998-1281.