Optimizing Your Bite’s Function with Oral Surgery

Oral surgery encompasses a number of different procedures designed to address severe oral health complications of nearly all types. For example, when wisdom teeth (third molars) become impacted, they can require oral surgery to remove the impacted tooth structure. If a tooth is lost, then surgically implanting a lifelike replacement could be the best way to preserve your smile. In some instances, oral surgery can also provide a solution to complex problems that impact your bite’s ability to function properly. From addressing tooth loss to repairing damage and other concerns with your oral structures, the right personalized oral surgery treatment could be essential to restoring this function.

Filling out your dental ridge with implants

Tooth loss can affect your oral health in several different ways, and your bite’s function can be one of the most significant ones. For example, when one or more teeth are lost, the rest of your teeth have to absorb a greater portion of your bite’s pressure. The balance of this pressure when you bite and chew can also become disturbed, forcing your jaw and other oral structures to compensate for the change. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants can be the most effective way to prevent these changes, as an implant restoration comes with the support of one or more root-like posts to stabilize it.

Recovering from facial and oral trauma

Your oral and facial structures can also have a more intricate connection than you may realize at first. For instance, certain types of facial trauma can include damage to your oral structures, or affect your oral health in ways that can lead to further complications in the future. This includes throwing your bite off-balance if the damage impacts your bite’s symmetry, and can sometimes require surgery to correct the many different impacts of the trauma. For instance, your treatment and recovery may include surgery to replace one or more teeth that have been knocked out, or to correct damage to your jawbone structure that complicates your bite’s ability to function.

Repairing the symmetry of your jawbone

Your jawbone structure serves as the foundation of your smile, which is why many oral surgery procedures involve correcting, reinforcing, or repairing this structure. For some people who require jawbone surgery, the problem may not originate from damage to the bone structure. It may result from congenital issues such as malformation, or a progressive one such as erosion due to tooth loss. When a concern affects the symmetry of your jawbone, it can also negatively impact your bite’s balance and function, leading to wide range of concerns that grow progressively worse over time. Correcting your jawbone’s symmetry may be accomplished through surgical treatment such as grafting, which can build up insufficient areas of your dental ridge.

Can oral surgery improve your bite function?

There are many aspects of your bite’s proper function, and in some severe cases, oral surgery may be the most appropriate solution for preserving it. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.