Within orthodontic treatment, there may be instances where you may require oral surgery in order to achieve optimal oral health and correct orthodontic issues.
The goal of orthodontics is to help you achieve a straighter, healthier and more aligned smile. While our team works to provide traditional orthodontic services to correct your smile, there may be instances where you may require oral surgery in order to achieve optimal oral health and correct orthodontic issues.
Correct Severely Misaligned Bites
When a patient has severe malocclusion, traditional orthodontic treatments may not be enough to correct it. This may be because your malocclusion is too severe, or your jaw has stopped growing, making it harder to be corrected with basic orthodontic appliances.
Make Room for Your Teeth
Many patients who receive orthodontic care suffer from crowded teeth. In order to straighten your teeth properly, you may need to have a tooth or two removed. In many cases, this involves removing your wisdom teeth. If you still have primary teeth that have not fallen out, you may need those removed in order to allow your permanent teeth to come in.
Improve Oral Health & Mouth Function
Some patients who receive orthodontic care have poor gum health, a low gum line or other oral issues. Depending on your condition, oral surgery may be the only option to correct these issues. By choosing to have oral surgery, you can help improve your oral health now and improve your mouth’s overall function.
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About Oral Surgery
Every oral surgery procedure is carefully performed and designed to improve your oral health
Before you receive any type of oral surgery, you will need to have a consultation with our orthodontist. During your visit, we will examine your mouth to determine if you require oral surgery, or if any dental issues can be corrected with orthodontics alone. If you do require oral surgery, you will also need to have a consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons.
Depending on your specific dental needs, our oral surgeons and orthodontist will help you know which type of oral surgery is necessary for your oral health. We will also set up a time for you to come in for your procedure as well as provide you with pre-procedure instructions.
All oral surgery procedures are performed with some type of anesthesia or sedation to provide you with maximum comfort. The type of sedation used during your procedure will depend on your specific treatment and comfort level. You can discuss your sedation options with our oral surgeon prior to your treatment.
Each oral surgery procedure will have a recovery period after the treatment is complete. Depending on your procedure, your recovery time may be shorter or longer. Prior to your treatment, our oral surgeons will provide you with post-treatment instructions on how to care for your smile and have a successful recovery.
Types of Early Orthodontic Treatments
We offer several oral surgery procedures to help you achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.
Also known as corrective jaw surgery, you may need this procedure if you have a severe malocclusion that cannot be corrected with traditional orthodontic treatments or appliances. This procedure involves surgically moving the upper, lower or both jaws to create a correct bite.
Wisdom teeth and remaining baby teeth are some of the most common tooth extractions that often accompany orthodontic treatments. For any tooth extraction, our oral surgeons will numb the area around the tooth, make a small incision is the tooth is impacted and gently remove it.
The frenum is a piece of connective tissue that attaches the bottom of the tongue to the lower jaw as well as the upper lip to the gums. If either of these are too short, it can limit proper mouth function. To correct this issue, our oral surgeons can carefully remove the shortened frenum to provide full tongue and lip mobility.
If you have developed gum disease and have pockets around your teeth, our orthodontist may recommend that you receive a gingivectomy before, during or after your orthodontic treatment. This procedure involves gently removing damaged gum tissue and reattaching healthy gum to the treatment area.
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