For most children, oral surgery is never a concern. Local anesthesia, forceps, and a simple extraction are all that is required for the vast majority of tooth extractions. Some serious issues require the removal of gum tissue or even part of the child’s jawbone. In these situations, a pediatric oral surgeon is required. In today’s blog, Dr. Scott’s team will discuss some situations where a pediatric oral surgeon may be required, and what to look for.
Procedures That Require an Oral Surgery
Dental Implants – This is likely the most common procedure performed by oral surgeons. However, most children are not eligible for dental implants as they can end up causing problems as their jaws continue to grow. However, in rare cases, dental implants can be part of a broad orthodontic treatment plan.
Wisdom Teeth Removal – In general, wisdom teeth won’t need to be removed until the teenage years. However, early removal usually makes for an easier procedure. If wisdom teeth are left to develop in the patient’s mouth, the roots in the tooth will develop further and anchor to the jaw bone, resulting in a much more difficult procedure.
Surgical Correction of Facial Deformities – Facial deformities and abnormalities that are caused by genetics, developmental, or environmental factors are often corrected by oral surgeons. Whether it is repositioning or reconstruction of the facial bones, there is a wide range of procedures that can help correct facial function and appearance. Cleft lip and palate repairs are perhaps the most common procedures performed by oral surgeons.
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When Will a Dentist Refer a Patient to an Oral Surgeon?
In general, pediatric dentists will refer their patients to oral surgeons when the required dental work is outside of their expertise. As oral surgeons are trained in a more specialized manner, they will often handle procedures that are “out of the ordinary.” For the vast majority of pediatric dental work, your pediatric dentist is more than equipped to perform any necessary work. Your best bet is to start with your pediatric dentist, and if your child is in need of a specialist your dentist will refer you to one that you can trust.
In Need of a Pediatric Dentist for Your Family?
Contact Dr. Scott at Parkcrest Dental Group today for your pediatric dentistry needs. Dr. Scott has developed a passion for providing children excellent service, in a fun and comfortable environment. Not only can our pediatric team provide top-of-the-line dental procedures, but we are dedicated to instilling a positive dental attitude in your child, so they can enjoy a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.