What You Need To Know About Oral Surgery

oralsurgThe word surgery derives from the Greek words kheir (hand) and ergon (work). So taken literally it means hand-work, or work performed by the hand. The definition of surgery is “The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of injury, deformity, and disease by manual and instrumental means.” What are some reasons you would need oral surgery? Take our true or false quiz below to find out what you need to know about oral surgery.

True or False?

  1. True or False: Many dental practices must refer their patients to an oral surgeon when necessary.
  2. True or False: All dentistry is considered oral surgery.
  3. True or False: Most general dentists are not qualified to perform a dental implant procedure.
  4. True or False: A sinus lift may be required in order to receive dental implants or mini implant dentures.
  5. True or False: The severest stage of periodontal disease may require grafting of gum tissue and connective tissue to unhealthy areas to restore health and function.

Answers:

  1. True: However, some dental offices offer a variety of services like A New Smile Dental Group which offers oral surgery services along with general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and sleep apnea treatment.
  2. False: Not all dentistry is considered oral surgery. Only certain dental treatments require surgery such as dental implants, sinus lifts, soft tissue grafts, and connective tissue grafts.
  3. True: General dentists are not trained to perform the surgical procedure required for placing dental implants. However, once the post has been surgically implanted into the jawbone and is healed, they can place the prosthetic tooth onto the implant post.
  4. True: A sinus lift is sometimes required to make room for extra bone tissue that is added to the upper jaw to support implants. A sinus lift surgically raises the sinuses.
  5. True: Periodontitis–the severest stage of periodontal disease–is characterized by diseased soft tissue and the breakdown of connective gingival tissue which anchors your teeth in place. Without healthy gum and connective tissue tooth loss is imminent.

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