Your dentist has referred you to an oral surgeon and told you that you need to have oral surgery. You’re wondering what that means, and why your dentist can’t do it. Chances are, there’s a surgical procedure that would aid in the maintenance or restoration of your oral health. Some dentists conduct oral surgeries, although an oral surgeon is an expert who has extensive training in the area of the face and jaw, and is usually the best doctor for the job.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to the surgical specialty that treats injuries, defects, and diseases in the oral (hard and soft tissues of the mouth) and maxillofacial (face and jaw) regions of the head.

When Dental Patients Need Oral Surgery for Medical Reasons

Dental problems become a medical condition when there’s inflammation or infection in the mouth and when you’re unable to eat and sleep due to tooth or jaw pain. Oral surgery may be necessary if you’re are dealing with any of the following conditions:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Bruxism
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cleft problems
  • Facial trauma
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Head and neck cancers

When Dental Patients Need Oral Surgery for Dental Reasons

The distinction between medical reasons and dental reasons for oral surgery is not always clear, and for most patients, the line seems a bit blurry. For instance, an abscessed tooth is considered both a dental and medical problem because it is a pocket of pus in your tooth or gums that is caused by a bacterial infection. Other dental reasons you may need to undergo oral surgery include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Replacing a tooth with dental implants
  • Bulking up the jaw with bone grating for dental implant surgery

Oral Surgeries at Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

We provide superior oral surgery experiences in our Tampa office every day. One of our top procedures is dental implant placement, which involves a titanium screw to replace a missing tooth. If you don’t have enough bone structure to support an implant, we can conduct a bone grafting with synthetic bone to build up the atrophied area. Dentists typically extract teeth, but for those who have an impacted tooth that is not fully erupted, our oral surgeon, Dr. Valiente, uses a surgical approach to safely extract it. Our most common extractions are wisdom teeth removals, or third molars that are most susceptible to impaction.

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Whether your reason is medical or dental, we are prepared to improve your oral health with whatever oral surgical procedure is needed. Our highly skilled and experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Valiente, is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.  As a board-certified specialist who has undergone concentrated surgical training unique to oral surgery, he uses the most reliable, advanced and specialized equipment and materials to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.