- April 7, 2017
Dr. Daniel Ardelean is a Doctor of Dental Surgery, so he knows how to use oral surgery to fix many different dental problems. However, almost no one looks forward to surgery. While it’s safe and routine these days, it still requires a fair amount of preparation and downtime while you heal. That’s why most people want to avoid oral surgery whenever possible.
Why You Might Need Oral Surgery
There are several reasons you might need oral surgery. These include:
- Extracting broken teeth
- Extracting infected teeth (that cannot be saved with a root canal)
- Extracting wisdom teeth
- Strengthening your jaw with bone grafts and ridge augmentations
- Grafting gum tissue to receding gums
But most, if not all of these, can normally be avoided. Here’s what you can to help skip the need for any dental surgical treatments.
How To Avoid Oral Surgery
- Take care of your teeth at home: This is probably the biggest and most effective tip in the bunch. Brushing and flossing several times each day is absolutely vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Anticavity rinses can be a good idea as well. See, the big problems that require surgical fixes can often be avoided by taking proper care of your teeth. This especially means getting rid of any food particles stuck on or between your teeth, especially along the gumline, to avoid both gum disease (which can make teeth fall out) or tooth decay (which can lead to an infected tooth).
- Work on having a healthy diet: The harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and infections in your mouth can eat just about any food, but they really thrive on sugar and carbohydrates. That’s why dentists recommend avoiding super-sugary foods like soda, candy, and ice cream. It’s basically like running a restaurant for bacteria. The occasional sweet treat is fine, but by limiting carb-heavy foods, you make it harder for bacteria to thrive, meaning less chance of infection that could need to be corrected through oral surgery.
- Get regular cleanings and exams: No matter how good you are at brushing at home and eating right, nothing compares to the thorough, professional cleaning that can be done at our Sterling Heights, MI dental office. (Unless you are a licensed dentist with a full dental office in your kitchen.) With our specialized training and tools, we can get rid of plaque and bacteria that most people cannot do on their own, such as with root planing and scaling. More than that, our comprehensive exams can help spot problems such as oral cancer long before it becomes a big issue.
- Treat dental problems while they’re small: Speaking of which, one way to almost ensure you’ll need oral surgery is to ignore the small stuff. Many times, dental problems give you signs that they exist. Tooth decay starts as small cavities, gum disease presents as sore or bleeding gums, and so on. If you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or gums, come to our Sterling Heights, MI dental office as soon as possible. If we can treat problems early enough, they won’t have time to fester and become something only surgery can fix, such as badly infected teeth.
- Wear a mouthguard: Accidents and injuries from contact sports or just biking can damage a tooth so much, it needs to be removed. While there is no 100% guaranteed way to avoid damage, wearing a mouthguard while you are active is a great way to help protect your teeth and avoid the oral surgery needed to remove a badly damaged tooth.
- Get dental implants: Without the roots of healthy teeth in your jawbone, the bone tissue there starts to get weak and even deteriorate. If you lose a tooth or have one extracted and do not put anything in place of the root, you could develop empty spaces in the bone tissue there. Dental implants technically require surgery to be placed, but this procedure can help you avoid bone graft surgeries necessary to keep a deteriorated jawbone healthy.
What To Do If You Still Need Surgery
Unfortunately, there are cases where prevention only goes so far and you really do need oral surgery. For example, wisdom teeth often come in incorrectly, and a wisdom tooth extraction can be needed to protect the rest of your teeth. That’s not something you can do anything to prevent. Thankfully, Dr. Ardelean is both well trained and experienced in oral surgery, and he can take care of you if you need it.
Oral surgery is nothing to worry about, but because there are a lot of preparations and downtime needed, it’s best to avoid it when you can. If you have any questions about our oral surgery procedures, or if you are ready to make your next appointment, call us today at 586-739-1111.