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Oral surgery is very common and can remedy a variety of dental problems. If you’re a candidate for oral surgery due to a dental problem, such as wisdom teeth that need to be removed or a lost tooth that needs to be replaced, our staff would be happy to walk you through the process of your proposed treatment plan so that you can get back to your day-to-day life with a healthy, happy smile.
Depending on what oral surgery you require, the recovery period can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Your oral surgeon will be able to advise you on the proposed treatment plan and what it will entail. They can also answer any questions you may have pertaining to numbing, sedation, or your recovery. Some treatments require some follow-up treatment or maintenance, which your dentist will discuss with you prior to your surgery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our surgeons can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our team of surgeons has the training, licenses, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our surgeons will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Teeth may need to be removed for a variety of reasons including extensive decay, periodontal disease, infection, or trauma. In most non-emergency situations involving one or several teeth, we will evaluate you and treat you at the same visit. Most patients are able to tolerate single tooth extractions very easily using local anesthesia alone, or local anesthesia in combination with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). However, not all extractions are the same. Some “routine single tooth extractions” can be very difficult and traumatic for the patient and local anesthesia is not enough. Our surgeons are highly trained in providing outpatient IV sedation and general anesthesia. Our goal is to provide you with the very best care possible in a safe, comfortable and pain-free environment. We will carefully assess the surgery needed and make the appropriate anesthesia recommendation.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Injuries to the face, by their very nature, impart a high degree of emotional, as well as physical trauma to patients. The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long-term function and appearance.
Our surgeons meet and exceed these modern standards. They are trained, skilled, and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. They are on staff at local hospitals and deliver emergency room coverage for facial injuries, which include the following conditions:
Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose or eye socket)
Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)