Thinking oral surgery is in your future? While it makes sense that oral surgeries are performed as dental procedures, many people do not realize that oral surgeries are also performed for medical reasons. So how can you tell the difference between the two types of procedures? Read on to learn more about when oral surgery is considered to be a medical procedure and when it is considered to be a dental procedure.
About oral surgeries
Learning more about oral surgery is a great idea when you find out you need to undergo a surgical process in order to improve your oral health. When you educate yourself on any necessary procedures, whether it be for medical reasons or purely for dental reasons, you will be better prepared to undergo the procedure. Ready to learn more about oral surgery for medical reasons and oral surgery for dental reasons?
Is oral surgery a medical or a dental procedure?
For the most part, the answer is that oral surgery is considered to be both a medical procedure and a dental procedure. While there are many types of oral surgeries that are performed specifically to help dental patients deal with and/or fix any medical problems they are currently experiencing, there are also many oral surgeries that are performed with a goal of specifically fixing dental-related problems.
Oral surgery for medical reasons
Many dental patients may be surprised to hear that any time they are diagnosed with inflammation or infection in their mouths that require oral surgery, they are treating a medical condition. Another example of treating a medical condition with oral surgery is when a dental patient is no longer able to eat due to tooth pain, as this directly interferes with their quality of life.
A shortlist of medical reasons that require dental patients to undergo oral surgery in order to correct them include having one or more impacted teeth, being diagnosed with bruxism, living with obstructive sleep apnea, experiencing cleft problems, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, head and neck cancers,
Oral surgery for dental reasons
Oral surgery for dental reasons includes correcting dental problems, like underbites and overbites. While an abscessed tooth is considered to be a dental reason for oral surgery, it is also considered to be a medical reason. When patients are not sure if their condition falls under the category of a medical or dental procedure, they can ask their dental office to give them more information.
A shortlist of dental reasons that require patients to undergo oral surgery include being diagnosed with a dental infection, a periodontal disease, choosing dental implants as a tooth replacement option and undergoing any type of bone grafting procedures.
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Whether you are in need of oral surgery for medical reasons, dental reasons or for both, we can get you scheduled in for a consultation appointment at a time that is convenient for you. Whenever there is a need for you to undergo a surgical process in order to improve your oral health, the more you learn about what happens during the surgical process, the more likely you will experience a successful outcome.
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