Children often require oral surgery, whether it involves correcting an abnormality they were born with or treating a painful infection.
Oral surgery is a safe, valid option for many young patients who need intervention for their oral health. But what situations call for oral surgery in children?
To Correct Abnormalities
When children are born with an abnormality such as a cleft palate, it must be corrected as soon as possible. This helps their teeth develop normally so the cleft palate does not interfere and lead to an overbite, under bite or misalignment, any of which can create a call for orthodontic care in the future.
Surgery also will ensure they learn to speak using the proper muscles, thereby avoiding any language difficulties.
To Restore Injuries
Approximately 50 percent of all children and teens will have a dental injury by the time they graduate high school. Children run and jump on playgrounds and participate in sports, so the likelihood of sustaining tooth trauma is high. They also may experience an injury to their jaw joint or completely break their jawbone.
If a child’s teeth are missing or loose, it can lead to serious infection and the future misalignment of their adult teeth. It is important for a child’s development that when teeth are knocked out or knocked loose, they are put back in place quickly and properly. Depending on the extent of the injury, this might mean oral surgery is necessary.
To Remove Infection
It’s absolutely vital for children to maintain good oral health, but they may not enjoy their daily oral hygiene routine. As hard as parents try, their children may develop cavities. If decay goes unnoticed or is not addressed as soon as possible, infection can set in.
Oral surgery is the right choice when children need in-depth intervention to save their teeth from decay and remove all traces of bacteria to prevent future flare-ups.
To Treat Other Conditions
When teenagers’ wisdom teeth become impacted or simply will not fit in their jaw, oral surgery is required to take them out.
Children and teens alike also may suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that involves a collapse of the airway during sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality and a host of negative side effects. An oral surgeon may be called upon to remove the tonsils, adenoids or reposition the jaw to correct the problem.
Also, some children develop extra teeth, a condition called supernumerary. It may be related to another syndrome or happen alone. Either way, surgery is required to remove the extra teeth to clear the way for normal adult tooth development.
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is comprised of a team skilled in treating a long list of conditions and injuries that require oral surgery — call today for a consultation.