Oral Surgery Procedures

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a regional specialist surgeon treating the entire craniomaxillofacial complex, consisting of the mouth, jaws, face, skull, as well as associated structures.

We know the prospect of any sort of oral surgery can be daunting. That is why we carefully explain the process to our patients and make sure they understand what will happen during the surgical procedure. We also give patients full pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions so they can be fully prepared.

Common Oral Surgery Procedures

 

Wisdom Teeth

Treatment of impacted wisdom teeth involves their removal using special surgical techniques appropriate for each individual case. If the wisdom teeth have fully erupted in normal position, they may be observed by your dentist during your regular visits to ensure that you are properly cleaning them and no problems are developing, such as decay. Minor abnormalities in the position of an erupted wisdom tooth may be taken care of by your dentist, or removal might be best.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are metal anchors placed in the jaw bone underneath the gum tissue to support artificial teeth where natural teeth are missing. Unlike other types of tooth replacements, such as removable dentures or fixed bridges that are cemented to remaining teeth, dental implants are actually placed ("implanted") into the jaw bone under the gum tissue.

Exposures

An impacted tooth is any tooth that has not erupted through the bone. Your orthodontist may refer you to us for treatment. We will work in conjunction with your orthodontic treatment to enhance the eruption of impacted teeth, thereby saving the tooth.

Oral Pathology

Your mouth is normally lined with pink, smooth tissue. Sometimes, you, your dentist, or your physician may notice a bump or discoloration on this tissue. If so, our doctor is well trained to identify the source of your symptoms and determine if additional studies may be necessary- for example a simple tissue biopsy that can be performed in our office.

Bone Grafts

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth may atrophy, or decrease in size. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants. We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.

Extractions

Teeth can be either extracted as a whole (routine extraction) or may need to be surgically removed by sectioning the tooth or bone to aide in the removal of that tooth. The type of extraction will be determined at the time of surgery to facilitate the ease of extraction. We can extract as many teeth as needed at the time of surgery unless other medical conditions contraindicate doing so. Our surgical team will do whatever is required to lessen trauma to your jaw or mouth.

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