Edmond Dentist: Getting Patients Treatment They Need
Since our Edmond dentist is always looking for clues in a patient’s mouth during routine exams, it can easily determined when there is a need for orthodontic treatment or oral surgery. Today, we’re going to review just some of the many reasons a general dentist, such as our Edmond dentist, would send a patient to an orthodontist or an oral surgeon via the referral process.
Why We Would Refer To An Orthodontist
First, our Edmond dentist would start by checking out a patient's facial pattern, overall dental health, and eruption sequence of permanent teeth. In addition to seeing if the jaw lines up properly, we also examine whether there is crowding in the mouth, crooked teeth, extra spaces between teeth, or protruding teeth. If there is an overbite or an underbite this is also cause for concern.
All of the above mentioned issues would be some things which would have our general dentist referring patients to an orthodontist.
Why We Would Refer To An Oral Surgeon
Oral surgery may be needed by dental patients that need procedures completed which are bit more extensive than general dentistry. Some examples of why our Edmond dentist may refer to an oral surgeon include, but may not be limited to:
- Extraction of an impacted tooth: A surgical procedure that may require cutting into both the gums and the jawbone.
- Bone grafts: Some people have suffered bone mass loss or other damage. So before having an implant placed, an oral surgeon may have to utilize special techniques to provide patients with ways to encourage bone growth to be thicker and stronger.
- Sinus lifts: When the jaw bone has thinned or was never thick enough to start with, upper jaw implants can't be performed without possibly penetrating the open area (sinus) above. Sinus lifts refer to techniques to thicken the bone of the upper jaw. Similar to the bone graft technique, an oral surgeon can encourage the growth of thicker bone in this area.
- Repair of jaw disorders: Some disorders could be caused by birth defects, bone infections, trauma from accidents, or problems with the temporomandibular joint (the joint near the ear where the jaw hooks into the skull).
- Replacing lost teeth or repairing other damage from accidents: If teeth are partially or fully knocked out, they can often be restored with prompt care. An oral surgeon is also skilled in repairing the soft tissue damage that may occur in an accident.
Of course, early identification of developing problems can prevent severe periodontal problems in the future. We just want to get patients the treatment they need! If you feel the need to come in for a dental checkup, please feel free to contact our Edmond dentist, Wallace Family Dentistry, at 405-340-0411.