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Signs it’s Time for an Oral Surgery Consult & 5 Red Flags for Your Mouth and Jaw

Your oral health and facial structure are intrinsically connected to your overall well-being. While some tooth problems or jaw issues may not seem immediately concerning, it’s important to be aware of troubling signs that could indicate a need for specialized oral surgery care. 

Here are five key red flags:

1. Persistent Tooth Pain

Dental pain that doesn’t subside after a few days despite over-the-counter treatments could signal a more serious underlying problem like tooth decay, infection, or cracked enamel. It’s time to consult an oral surgeon if pain increases or spreads rather than decreasing. They can determine if a root canal or tooth extraction is the solution. Unexplained jaw, ear, or face pain should also not be ignored. 

2. Difficulty Opening or Closing Your Mouth

Any reduction in your normal opening or closing range of motion could point to an issue like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders involving the jaw joint. Gentle manipulation during an exam helps identify spasms, stiffness, dislocations or the need for imaging tests. Early intervention may remedy the cause via splint therapy or minimally invasive procedures before more complex solutions are required. 

3. Impacted or Problem Wisdom Teeth

As third molars emerge sideways, only partially, or become trapped, infection risks rise dramatically as food and plaque get lodged nearby. Signs like pain, swelling or cysts surrounding impacted teeth require their removal by an oral surgeon. Waiting risks expensive repairs to adjacent teeth down the line if nearby roots become damaged. Proactive extraction avoids future complications.

4. Severe Gum Recession or Bone Loss 

Excessive receding gums leave tooth roots and supporting structures vulnerable to decay, fracture and infection. Bone loss may cause premature tooth mobility, migration and loss. Advanced periodontal (gum) disease assessed via X-rays signals the need for complex treatment, sometimes involving gum grafts and regenerative procedures to repair damage. Maintaining gum and bone health requires specialist insight.

5. Jaw Abnormalities or Misalignment

Crooked, crowded or overlapping teeth can develop from an underlying skeletal discrepancy. Issues like underbites, overbites and crossbites often benefit from orthodontic-surgical correction to restore normal occlusion, function and facial aesthetics. Early diagnosis through 3D scans or molds lets orthognathic surgeons create customized treatment plans involving braces and jaw surgery.

If any issues seem apparent, schedule a consultation at Nevada OMS. Our team performs comprehensive evaluations including medical history reviews, clinical exams, and diagnostic imaging when warranted. Together, we’ll determine the best solution whether extraction, bone grafting, facial trauma management or corrective orthognathic procedures. Don’t ignore troubling signs that could accelerate into serious oral health or self-confidence challenges down the road.