If you are in need of oral surgery, call our office or schedule an appointment online with our Mckinney, TX dental office. At R. Ben Alexander, DDS, we can provide you with the surgical procedure you need to maintain or restore your oral health. When it comes to dentistry, only certain dentists perform oral surgery procedures. Whether you are looking for a new dentist or are currently under the care of one and need more intensive procedures, we welcome your call. Dr. Alexander can examine you, give you an opinion regarding whether or not you need oral surgery, what procedure will benefit you, and what you can expect from the process. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need in order to feel prepared and comfortable before oral surgery.
Why do people get oral surgery?
There are three main reasons that a oral surgery procedure could be necessary. The first is your health. Tooth decay is incredibly common, and if you receive regular dental care, it is easy to catch and treat before it causes discomfort or spreads. Unfortunately, too many people do not visit the dentist on a regular basis, and this can allow infections to set in. Occasionally, the decay becomes so bad, the tooth has to be removed. Other times, it can be saved with a root canal, but regardless, immediate dental care is necessary to stop the discomfort. It may also be necessary for Dr. Alexander to perform oral surgery to correct a problem with your gums. If you have gum disease and suffer from gum recession, you could need a surgical gum graft, for example.
The second reason we perform oral surgery is to remove wisdom teeth. While they do not always pose an immediate health risk, they can grow in impacted and cause discomfort. Removing them can prevent future infections and stop your wisdom teeth from pushing your other teeth forward.
Lastly, our Mckinney TX patients receive oral surgery for cosmetic reasons. Primarily, this is to replace missing teeth with dental implants. A dental implant is the most secure and durable solution for tooth loss, because it is the only solution that replaces the root in addition to the tooth. To do so, Dr. Alexander implants a titanium post under the gums and secures it to the jaw bone. Titanium is used because it is a strong metal that the body treats like natural matter. As a result, the dental implant and jaw bone will fuse together. This takes a few months, but once complete, a new root system is developed, and when the new tooth is attached, it will be as secure as a natural one.