When you need surgery in your mouth, or a complex dental extraction, your oral surgery is best performed by a dental professional.
Although surgeries vary from one person to the next, some of the most common forms of oral surgery offered in dental offices included procedures such as:
Surgical Tooth Extractions — If a tooth is unerupted, impacted, or has atypical anatomy that prevents a routine dental extraction, then a surgical extraction is the best solution to have it removed. Creating an opening to access the tooth allows your dentist to remove it in smaller portions, rather than trying to extract it completely intact.
Dental Implant Placement — Getting dental implants involves a surgical process to set the artificial roots down into the jaw. Most people say it’s easier than having a tooth pulled!
Bone or Soft Tissue Grafting — Adding new bone or gum tissues back to areas that have suffered loss can protect your healthy teeth and support prosthetics such as dental implants.
Biopsies — Cysts, tumors, and precancerous tissues may need to be biopsied or fully removed in conjunction with other treatments.
Implant Supported Dentures —A conventional denture stays in place by creating a suction between the acrylic base and your gums. Sometimes there’s not enough bone under the gums to provide an adequate surface area, causing your denture to rock or shift throughout the day. Rather than rely on an adhesive or paste, there’s another alternative to consider: implant stabilization. With an implant overdenture, there are designs to permanently affix your denture in place, or still have it removable for convenient daily care.
Conventional Dentures —In situations where all of your teeth need to be replaced at one time, a full upper or lower denture is a smart economical decision. Sometimes called “plates,” dentures span from one side of your mouth to the other, fully replacing all of the upper or lower teeth in a single prosthesis. Any existing teeth (such as those that are diseased) will need to be extracted before the denture can be worn.
Partial Dentures —Your healthy, natural teeth are almost always the best thing for your smile. In instances where several teeth are missing, you won’t want to have the healthy teeth extracted just to get a denture made. The most appropriate solution may be a partial denture.
Unlike full dentures that span the width of your entire arch, a partial denture only replaces the teeth that are missing. It clips into place around the teeth that are still stable enough to maintain. Partials are also a good choice when there are too many missing teeth to get a fixed traditional bridge.
Partials come in various designs, the two most common being an acrylic base or a metal one. The “teeth” attached to the base are porcelain or high-quality acrylic, and made to match the shape, size, and color of the healthy teeth adjacent to them.
Wisdom Teeth Removal —Occasionally, there will not be enough space inside of the jaw for the final set of molars — otherwise known as wisdom teeth — to erupt properly. When they become impacted against other teeth, it can lead to infections, tooth damage, or changes in the bite alignment.
Your comfort is extremely important to us. Not only do we want you to feel relaxed during your oral surgery, but when you do, it allows our team to work more efficiently.
To ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort, we offer appropriate sedation dentistry options. Most of our patients say that they feel like they took a light nap during the procedure, completely fall asleep, or don’t remember a thing once it’s over. We’ll talk you through the different types of sedatives that we offer, so that we can choose the best one together as doctor and patient.
Although sedatives are involved, we also use local anesthetic around the surgical site to ensure it is completely numb.
Depending on the type of oral surgery being performed, your procedure might be covered by medical insurance or dental insurance…or both. Our financial coordinators will help you estimate the benefits that you’re entitled to, given the procedure being completed. We want to minimize any out of pocket expenses on your part, so that the financial aspect of your surgical procedure is the least of your worries.
Because most oral surgeries are completed with sedation, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment, and wait in the reception area during the procedure.
It’s important that you only drink a small amount of clear liquids rather than a normal meal before coming in for your appointment. Our team will guide you through the details prior to the surgical date.
As with any type of surgery, we ask our patients to listen to their bodies and rest for an appropriate length of time before returning to work or school. If you are taking prescription strength pain relievers, do not drive.
Our office will provide you with written home care instructions that ought to be followed, to ensure proper healing and to reduce your risk of unwanted side-effects (such as dry socket.) If for any reason you experience prolonged bleeding or fever, contact us immediately.
For more information about our oral surgery services, call today to schedule a consultation.