Oral Surgery Procedures Offered by Cosmetic Dentists

Posted on: 10 January 2018

In today's society, a lot of emphasis is placed on physical appearance. This has given rise to the increased popularity of cosmetic dentistry in recent years. A cosmetic dentist can carry out a range of procedures in the mouth, teeth and gums to correct dental imperfections and restore an attractive smile. 

The procedures carried out by cosmetic dentists also correct dental issues that may lead to pain, discomfort and further damage to the mouth and gums. Some of the most common oral surgery procedures that cosmetic dentists carry out include:

Corrective jaw surgery

In certain cases, a person's jaws and teeth may be misaligned. This misalignment often causes complications with chewing, biting and even swallowing food. Corrective jaw surgery can reposition the jaw and realign the teeth to fall in their proper positions.

During a corrective jaw surgery procedure, incisions are made to the upper or lower jaw and it is slowly adjusted to its rightful position. This procedure also resolves issues with facial structure and teeth positioning. It allows you to restore a full round face while maintaining a bright smile.

Dental implants

If you have a missing tooth or set of teeth, dental implants can be used to cover up those missing areas. There are many reasons that can cause missing teeth in the mouth. Tooth decay, accidents that caused the teeth to break, or even tooth extraction can result in an incomplete set of teeth. Persons with missing teeth may feel less confident in public and may also have trouble biting and chewing food. In addition, the gaps in the mouth can become a breeding ground for plaque.

A cosmetic dentist can install dental implants to replace missing teeth and to restore your overall smile.

Fixing overbite/underbite

Overbite refers to a condition where the front teeth project too far outwards from the lower jaw. Overbite often causes a person's chin to be sucked inwards into the mouth, thus interfering with the entire facial structure. Overbite also causes difficulty in chewing food and keeping the mouth clean.

On the other hand, underbite is a condition where the lower jaw is protruding further from the upper jaw. It also causes defects on one's facial structure and difficulty in biting food items.

A cosmetic dentist normally corrects cases of overbite/underbite by surgically adjusting the jaw either forward or backward to compensate for the misalignment. This can adjust the chin back to its rightful place and for the patient to achieve a full facial structure.

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