Ask a Dentist

May 5, 2023

Q: Why Do I Need Oral Surgery?

An oral surgeon and assistant working on a child's mouth

Oral surgery is an operation performed on your teeth, gums, jaw or surrounding oral and facial structures. It includes a wide range of procedures like:

Why Is Oral Surgery Performed?

Oral surgery is required to resolve the problem you're experiencing in your mouth that cannot be fixed by a regular dentist. During your regular dental appointments or when you’re having an issue that they’re checking, your dentist might recommend oral surgery to:

  • Resolve disease, trauma or an overcrowded mouth
  • Reshape individual teeth to accept crowns, veneers or bridges
  • Surgically insert dental implants for mounting artificial teeth or dentures
  • Correct the teeth and jaw's misalignment
  • Repair facial injuries and trauma
  • Treat cancer of the head, neck and mouth

Who Performs Oral Surgery?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializes in the surgical treatment of the face, mouth and jaw. They must undergo four to six years of additional training in a hospital-based residency program after they graduate from dental school, according to Colgate.

Dental Image Therapy Centres does offer some oral surgery solutions but we always recommend talking to one of our dentists before any procedure. Our dental professionals will examine the dental issue, discuss the treatment process and may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if necessary. Locate us at one of our two convenient Winnipeg locations at St. Vital Centre or Garden City Shopping Centre.

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