Posts for: May, 2016

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery may be necessary if you experience an injury to your mouth or face or require surgery to treat a dental or jaw issue. Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, explains why oral surgery may be needed.Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth removal

When there's not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt naturally, or if the teeth have erupted but are decayed or infected, extraction is the best option. If the teeth are impacted, the oral surgeon must break through your gums to remove them.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. Your Union oral surgeon places the titanium implant in an opening in your jaw. Over the next several months, the implant bonds to the surrounding bone, replacing the roots of your missing tooth. Once the process is completed, a crown is added to the implant to allow you to chew and bite food. If your jawbone isn't thick enough to support the implant, your dentist may recommend a bone graft before proceeding with the implant.


Oral surgeons biopsy and remove growths from your mouth, face, lips and neck.

Tooth root infections

When pain lingers even after a root canal, an infection in the tooth root may be to blame. Oral surgeons treat the problem by making an incision in your gum and removing the tip of the root, as well as any inflamed or infected tissue.


Oral surgeons repair facial injuries caused by accidents, falls and sports injuries. They often repair cuts in the skin and treat injuries to your salivary glands and facial nerves. Facial fractures can be repaired by wiring the upper and lower jaws together or placing screws in the bones.

Bite issues

If your upper and lower jaws don't meet perfectly, you may develop bite issues that make it difficult to chew and speak. Misalignment of your jaw can be very painful and may be a contributing factor in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Although braces can be helpful in some cases, if the problem is severe, oral surgery may be needed.

Are you concerned about an oral health issue? Call Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, at (636) 583-8100 to schedule an appointment.