The most commonly performed surgical procedure in the oral cavity is tooth extraction. Only small single-rooted teeth or in selected cases very mobile teeth can be extracted without employing a surgical extraction technique, where flap procedure is followed by alveolar bone removal to gain access to the tooth root(s). Surgical approach makes dental extractions safer and much less traumatic.
Advanced surgical procedures in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region further include jaw fracture repair, repair of congenital and acquired palatal defects, jaw surgery to remove tumors (oncologic surgery), cyst enucleation procedures, and management of diseases of the lips, cheeks, tongue, tonsils, salivary glands and temporomandibular joints.
The goal of any oral surgery procedure is to alleviate pain and rapidly return the patient to function. Although cosmetic appearance is not among the primary goals of the treatments, the cosmetic outcome is always taken into consideration.
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