Oral surgery can be used to treat a number of dental health issues. The most common form of oral surgery involves removal of a damaged, infected, or impacted tooth. Without oral surgery, impacted teeth can cause severe damage to adjacent teeth.
Oral surgery can also be used in the treatment of jaw problems that influence dental health. For example, surgery can enhance alignment of the jaw or correct issues that might make it difficult for patients to use dentures.
Many forms of oral surgery require general anesthesia to be successful. Patients must follow a dentist’s instructions closely to prepare for any surgery.