What requires Dentoalveolar surgery?
Dental alveolar refers to the sockets in the jaw where the roots of the teeth are held. Tooth loss can lead to a reduction of bone material in the jaw which can then cause the gum to collapse so this has to be carefully managed by expert dentoalveolar surgeons.
Problems can arise from accident or injury and gum and bone infections. Ageing, decaying teeth or ones that are growing at a sharp angle into adjacent teeth are a common cause for the need for surgery
Dentoalveolar Surgery procedure
Depending on the nature of the issue, work will be carried out under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation or general anaesthesia.
Medical examinations backed up by X-rays provide the most accurate treatment pathways and any procedures are normally carried out by an oral and maxillofacial specialist rather than a local dentist.
It is an important specialty for oral infections and a consultant may need a biopsy of skin tissue if the patient has lesions or a cyst.
Most patients return home on the day of surgery but may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days following a procedure.