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By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
July 27, 2021
Category: Surgery
Tags: oral surgery  

Oral surgery might not be your first option because of the preparation and recovery it usually involves, but it can often restore or improve your oral health immensely. It can even help you function better while chewing or speaking in many cases. Dr. Peter Cooper, an oral surgeon in Pasadena, CA, performs routine and complex oral surgery at Pasadena Dental Implants. With careful planning, you can feel confident going into your surgery.

Reasons why oral surgery is necessary

Any time you feel a lot of pain in the mouth, you need to visit your dentist. Jaw pain and teeth that no longer fit together comfortably are also surefire reasons why you might want to meet with a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as you can. After an examination and some possible X-rays, you'll know whether or not you need oral surgery.

Your oral surgeon in Pasadena, CA, can treat a multitude of tooth and jaw complications using the latest and most advanced surgical techniques. Just a few of the many problems that oral surgery can address are:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Traumatic facial injuries
  • Suspicious oral lesions
  • Missing teeth (if you choose to replace them with dental implants)
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction and jaw pain
  • Severe jaw misalignment
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Sleep apnea

There are countless reasons why oral surgery may be necessary for your treatment, and your dentist only recommends surgery if no other approach can fix your issue. Your oral surgeon describes his approach in detail and tells you what you'll need to know for the recovery stage.

How to make sure you're prepared for oral surgery

Once the process of examining your mouth, taking X-rays, and planning your oral surgery is complete, you get some instructions to follow that will help set you up for success and smooth healing. If your dentist tells you that you need oral surgery, you can expect to prepare by asking plenty of questions during your first few visits.

The steps you should take depend on the type of oral surgery you need.

Pain in the face, jaw, or mouth might indicate a need for oral surgery, especially if it's getting worse. You can set up a consultation for oral surgery with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants by calling the Pasadena, CA, office at (626) 796-1241.

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Surgery

If left untreated, jaw issues can begin affecting everyday activities like eating or speaking. When more conservative treatments fail toCorrective Jaw Surgery produce results, your dentist may suggest corrective jaw surgery. But what conditions call for these procedures? Do you need corrective jaw surgery? Find out with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What conditions can corrective jaw surgery treat? 
Corrective jaw surgery is normally only recommended after other, less invasive treatments have failed. Some of the most common conditions treated by corrective jaw surgery include temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, involuntary mouth breathing, birth defects or deformities. Though jaw surgery is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia, it is a safe, effective procedure which can take care of your jaw-related issues once and for all.

Do I need corrective jaw surgery? 
Determining if you require corrective jaw surgery will depend on your symptoms, overall general and dental condition, and other treatments you have tried which have failed. Your dentist will use imaging technology like x-rays or MRIs to assess the condition of your jaw. A physical examination will also help your dentist decide if this is the best treatment path for you. Some of the most common reasons for jaw surgery include difficulty eating, chewing, or swallowing, birth defects, injury, sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, unbalanced facial appearance, or a protruding jaw.

Corrective Jaw Surgery in Pasadena, CA
Depending on your reason for getting corrective jaw surgery and whether the surgery is orthodontic or skeletal in nature, the procedure can greatly affect your facial appearance or help relieve chronic pain and discomfort. Your dentist will work together with you and your oral surgeon to put you on the best path to overcoming your condition and recovery. Some conditions may require other treatments alongside, before or after jaw surgery, such as orthodontic treatment.

For more information on corrective jaw surgery or the conditions which prompt it, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cooper today!



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