Oral Surgical Procedures

A list of common procedures that our recommended doctors provide!

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The average adult typically possesses 32 teeth by the age of eighteen, yet the average human mouth is naturally designed to accommodate only 28 teeth. The attempt to accommodate all 32 teeth within a space meant for 28 can lead to discomfort and pain. These additional four teeth are commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth.”

Facial Trauma

The management of facial fractures can be conducted either within a hospital environment or within a dental office. Among the most commonly encountered and treated facial fractures in office settings are mandibular fractures (involving the lower jaw) and dentoalveolar fractures (affecting teeth and the supporting bone structures). Irrespective of the specific fracture type, the primary objective is to ensure the injury is stabilized, promoting proper healing and facilitating a long-term, stable bite (occlusion).

Various techniques are employed, including jaw wiring and the use of titanium plates and screws. The duration of treatment varies based on the severity and nature of the injury. The most challenging aspect in the long run often concerns the outlook for the affected teeth. In some cases, these teeth may necessitate root canal therapy, periodontal treatment, restorative procedures, or even extraction at a later stage.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are revolutionizing the way individuals experience life! They are meticulously engineered to establish a stable base for replacement teeth, replicating the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Patients who have lost teeth regain the freedom to enjoy a wide range of foods and can confidently display a natural-looking smile, all while preserving their facial contours.

These dental implants consist of titanium posts, surgically implanted into the jawbone at the sites of missing teeth. These titanium anchors serve as substitutes for natural tooth roots. Over time, the bone naturally fuses with the titanium, creating a robust foundation for artificial teeth. Subsequently, small posts are affixed to the implants, extending through the gums, providing a secure anchor for the artificial teeth.

One remarkable benefit of dental implants is their ability to maintain facial structure, mitigating the risk of bone deterioration often associated with tooth loss. Dental implants can even eliminate the need for removable dentures or bridgework, alleviating concerns about denture stability and unsightly gaps caused by missing teeth.

Bone Grafting / Reconstruction

When considering dental implants to restore the dental structure, there are situations where the underlying bone may lack the necessary support for the titanium framework. This typically occurs due to the loss of a tooth in the distant past, leading to gradual bone atrophy (loss) or immediate bone loss during tooth extraction. The solution to this challenge involves bone grafting to enhance the deficient area. Bone grafts come in two varieties: bone sourced from the patient’s own body or from alternative sources. The necessity for bone grafting and the specific type required will be thoroughly assessed during your evaluation.

It’s important to note that all products utilized in our office are FDA approved, ensuring they are both safe and effective in the process of reconstructing the foundation of your smile.

Oral Pathology

The interior of the mouth is typically lined with a specialized type of skin referred to as mucosa, which appears smooth and pink under normal circumstances. Any alteration in its appearance could serve as an early warning sign of a potential pathological condition, with oral cancer being the most concerning. The following signs may manifest at the onset of a pathological process:

  1. Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) within the mouth.
  2. A persistent sore that does not heal and tends to bleed easily.
  3. Sustained discomfort in the throat or persistent hoarseness.
  4. The presence of a lump or thickened area in the oral mucosa.
  5. Difficulty in the act of chewing or swallowing.
 

These signs should not be ignored and warrant prompt attention and evaluation. Early detection can be crucial in addressing potential health concerns.

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