Washington DC Oral Surgery

Washington DC oral surgery can be the cure to a number of different conditions in your mouth such as the following.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

In some cases, wisdom teeth or third molars can emerge from the gum line, but the jaw is not large enough to allow room for the teeth. The wisdom teeth can emerge without proper alignment or fully emerge from the gum line, becoming entrapped or “impacted” between the gum tissue and the jaw bone.

This not only causes pain, swelling and infection of the gum tissue but can also lead to permanent damage to nearby gums, teeth and bone or cause cysts or tumor to form.

Due to this, impacted wisdom teeth (along with other impacted cuspids or bicuspids) are recommended to be surgically removed.

Tooth Loss

In cases of tooth loss, dental implants can act as a substitute for bridges and dentures.

Implants act as a substitute for the toot root on to which the artificial teeth are attached. The implants are surgically anchored in the jawbone and attach the artificial teeth and stabilize them.

Unequal Jaw Growth

There are some cases where the upper and/or lower jaw fails to grow properly, making it difficult to eat, breath and swallow.

While minor issues can be fixed with braces and orthodontic appliances, oral surgery is needed for serious cases where all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw or both is moved into a more functional, balanced and healthy position.

Improving Denture Fit

Oral surgery can help both first time and long-term denture wearers.

For first time wearers, it can help correct any irregularities whereas for long term wearers oral surgery can use bone graft to rebuild deteriorated supporting bone.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders.

TMJ is the small joint located in the front of the ear where the lower jaw and skull meet. Its dysfunction can cause headaches and facial pain.

While common cases can be fixed with medication and physical therapy, advanced cases require joint surgery.

Repairing Facial Injury

Facial injury such as fractured jaws or broken facial bones can be repaired through oral surgery.

Biopsy and Removal of Lesion

Oral surgeons are able to identify abnormal growth or tissue by taking a small sample and sending it to a laboratory for testing. They can also medically manage or remove certain lesions.

Cleft Palate or Lip Repair

All or portions of the nasal cavity and mouth not growing together during fetal development can cause cleft palate or cleft lip which causes gap in the lip or opening in the roof of the mouth.

This can be corrected through oral surgery procedures and a series of treatment over many years.

Facial infections

Facial infections indicated by pain and swelling in the face, jaw or neck can develop into life-threatening emergencies when not treated promptly. An oral surgeon can help to diagnose the infection or treat it through surgical treatment which may include cutting into the infected area, draining it and may be extracting the teeth involved.

Sleep Apnea or Snoring

In cases of snoring or sleep apnea where nonsurgical methods fail, oral surgery can be used to fix this through removal of soft tissues of the area in the back portion of the mouth (the oropharynx) or lower jaw.

If you would like to learn more about oral surgery, you can browse our website at www.softtouchdentists.com.

Want to contact us directly? Call us at 202-333-3883 or email us at info@softtouchdentists.com.