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DENTOALVEOLAR SURGERY

A variable range of problems with teeth, gum, jawbone and other bone or soft tissues of the mouth can require treatment by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This particular form of treatment is known as “ dentoalveolar surgery”. Alveolar is the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth.
Dentoalveolar surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedures by oral and maxillofacial surgeons . This refers to the surgical procedures associated with the dentate segment of the maxilla or mandible , termed the alveolar ridge. They include a variety of procedures ranging from simple tooth extractions , alveoplasty (recontouring of the alveolar bone) , removal of tori, exposure of impacted teeth for orthodontic treatment , and extraction of impacted third molars. The origins and the current practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery are heavily based on dentoalveolar surgery.
Types of Dentoalveolar procedures: Extraction of a teeth or retained root Your surgeon usually needs to make an incision in the gum to remove the tooth or root. A small piece of bone may require removal to get the tooth. The tooth may be divided in to segments so it can be removed easily and safely. The incision in your gums may require closure with stitches. To prevent teeth from moving into the gap, a bridge, plate or dental implant may be necessary.


    Teeth are extracted less frequently these days because:
  • Modern method have improved the chances of salvaging a tooth.
  • Retention of teeth is usually better than extraction.