Oral Surgery Can End Painful Tooth Problems
Surgery might sound a bit drastic to some. There are many types of surgery, though. Just having a mole removed can be considered surgery. Surgery is also something doctors look to only when it's necessary. At Kirchner Dental, our dentists can perform several dental oral surgery procedures. Such a procedure can be just what you need to finally have a healthy mouth.
We will always try to save a tooth. Whenever possible, we will repair damage, remove infections, and keep your teeth where they belong. However, there are times when the damage is so bad that keeping the tooth in your mouth is risky and dangerous. The pain can be debilitating, and an infection there can spread. You might even need a tooth removed just to make room for your other teeth to grow properly.
You need to replace a missing tooth. Not only does a missing tooth affect your smile, but it also puts you at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your jawbone will also start to deteriorate without a root in it. To help prevent all of this, Jeffersonville, IN, dentists, Dr. Michael Kirchner can coordinate the placement of a dental implant. They will work closely with a local surgeon to implant an artificial root under your gums and secure a replacement tooth on top. The tooth is made to look like a healthy version of the one removed. The implant will help keep your jawbone and your entire mouth healthy.
There are a few reasons why wisdom teeth usually have to come out. First, they come in after your other molars are already there. Many wisdom teeth bump up against those molars, pushing them out of the way. They can even come in so close that food easily gets stuck between them, creating a higher risk for tooth decay there. Even if they come in perfectly, it's hard to reach that far back in your mouth to keep them clean. Not every wisdom tooth must come out, only most of them. If a wisdom tooth is impacted (it didn't come through the gums completely), then Dr. Michael Kirchner, trusted Jeffersonville, IN dentists, can refer you to a specialist for that extraction.
Bone Grafts Prepare You for Dental Implants
Your teeth have roots that extend down into your jawbone. When a tooth is removed, the bone tissue starts to weaken. It’s used to having stimulation from that root and its attached tooth. Without it, the bone deteriorates. A dental implant helps prevent deterioration, but what if you have been missing a tooth for a while and have suffered too much bone loss to be able to support an implant? A bone graft is a surgical procedure in which top-notch Jeffersonville, IN dentists Dr. Michael Kirchner from Kirchner Dental, transplant bone material into the weakened area. Once healed, your jawbone will be healthy and strong again.
Impacted eyeteeth become more of a challenge as a patient gets older. Older patients will be more likely to experience an impacted tooth that doesn't erupt on its own, even if there is plenty of space available for it. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it is recommended that a panoramic x-ray, known as a panorex screening, be taken after a thorough oral exam when patients are around seven years old. This will be done to count the teeth and to determine if there might be any problems with the adult teeth erupting as planned. It is also important to determine that all the adult teeth are present and that there are no issues with crowding or unusual growths that may prevent proper development.
Periodic oral cancer screenings are essential for detecting a problem while it is still treatable. Most dentists will perform an exam of your mouth during a routine dental visit in order to screen for oral cancer, and factors that can increase your risk include:
Are you ready to restore your oral health? Call one of our top Jeffersonville, IN dentists today at (812) 913-6093 for your next oral surgery appointment.