In the best dental practices, oral surgery is the last resort for patients. There are a variety of surgeries that a dentist might recommend to you, so it helps to work with someone who can evaluate the mouth in its entirety. Before reviewing surgery, it helps to talk about prevention. Sometimes, a root canal, extraction, or deep cleaning can make it possible to either limit or avoid surgery. If alternative treatments are not possible, surgery will be discussed. It may seem unfortunate when you consider it but, the good news is that the right surgery can be the key to preserving your mouth, and your overall oral health.