Oral surgery is performed by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon who has undergone specialized training after finishing dental school. Most oral surgeries are performed after administering local sedatives to the patient to avoid pain and discomfort.
If your dentist determines a tooth needs to be extracted, there are several surgical options to consider. Impacted wisdom teeth often need to be removed to prevent infection and other oral health issues. Additionally, a tooth may need to be extracted because it is too damaged to be repaired through other treatments. However, your dentist will discuss your options before treatment begins.
Tooth pulp therapy, also known as a root canal, is a dental procedure that removes infected tooth pulp. During a root canal, your dentist will drill into the infected pulp and clean out the tooth. The space will then be filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha, and then the tooth is capped with a dental crown.
Dental implants are titanium screws that serve as artificial dental roots. The implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. After the implants are in place, we will attach abutments, or connector pieces, to the implants. The abutments will be used to attach the permanent crowns. The entire process, from implantation to crown attachment, can take anywhere from six to eight months.
A sinus lift is a type of oral surgery used to improve a patient’s appearance. The procedure may also be referred to as maxillary sinus augmentation or sinus augmentation. A sinus lift is typically performed when a patient has excessive gum tissue in the upper jaw. The maxillary sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the cheekbones, can also be enlarged, a condition referred to as maxilla-mandibular disproportion. Both conditions can cause a disproportionately small upper jaw or facial imbalance. A sinus lift can correct this imbalance, giving the patient a more attractive smile.
Many patients who suffer from a misaligned bite or teeth that are too crowded may benefit from a procedure called orthognathic surgery. An oral surgeon can reposition the jaw and reposition teeth to obtain a proper bite and ensure teeth are straight. The oral surgeon performs this type of procedure under general anesthesia. The procedure may take several hours. Patients must wear braces for several months after the surgery is completed.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. They can also cause complications with your other teeth. Your wisdom teeth can also become impacted because there’s a lack of space inside your jaw. We will surgically remove the teeth after administering local anesthesi
Bone grafting can improve both cosmetic and functional problems. When a tooth has become severely infected, we can perform a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafting allows us to place an implant in the jaw. As we age, our teeth tend to shrink. This shrinkage can lead to the appearance of a caved-in look. When we perform a bone grafting procedure, we can add bone material to the jawbone. This material integrates with the bone in the jaw. Over a span of several months, bone material will attach to the jaw.