Oral Surgery Goes Way Beyond Extracting Wisdom Teeth

When people think about oral surgery San Francisco they tend to think about having wisdom teeth extracted, and also the possibility of having dental implants inserted if they are missing some teeth – or even one tooth.

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After all, it is now ever more widely understood that dental implants are as good as, and in some ways better than, your original teeth. Made of titanium, dental implants typically cannot suffer from any infections or other problems that can affect your natural teeth.

Dental implants have, indeed, made dentures and bridges obsolete. While dentures that are well-made can work well for some time, over a period they have a nasty tendency to slip and slide about when you eat, and have been known on many occasions to fall out of the mouth when someone laughs loudly. How very embarrassing that must be! Bridges involve cutting down two perfectly good teeth on either side of the point where the replacement tooth is to be placed, and who in the 21st century would want to do that?

Oral Surgery Is About Far More Than Wisdom Teeth And Dental Implants

Important as dental implants may be, and not denying the fact that most people who develop wisdom teeth need to have them removed, oral surgery San Francisco is about far more than that.

A top oral surgeon in the Bay Area such as our Dr Alex Rabinovich carries out a whole range of different operations such as cleft lip and palate restoration, for instance. Children born with a cleft lip can suffer from unending bullying and mockery and can have severe speech problems. Restoring their cleft lip to a normal lip through surgery takes them a long way towards being able to lead a more abundant life, although they may still need support in gaining normal speech. It is estimated that around 15 children born every day in the US have a cleft lip.

Oral surgery San Francisco also covers procedures such as bone grafting. This may be required when there is not enough bone in the jaw, and may be as a result of birth defects or from a car accident, sports injury, or disease. The process of bone grafting takes time and patience, and attention to detail on the part of the surgeon.

TMJ Syndrome is another problem and is known by a lot of names including teeth grinding. It often leads to constant headaches and can be mis-diagnosed as migraine. The headaches are caused by spasms in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders, which in turn are usually caused by a misalignment of the teeth and the jawbone. TMJ Syndrome can be cured with the appropriate surgery.

Those are just some of the problems that can be solved by a skilled oral surgeon in San Francisco. There are many others. If you have any sort of problems of the head, jaw, or teeth that may require the attention of an oral surgeon, please do contact Dr Rabinovich. He offers a totally free consult to all patients, which you can obtain by clicking on the Contact Us link at the top of the page or calling his office on (415) 817-9991.

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