Most of us are well-versed with our trips to the general dentist and why regular cleanings are an important part of health care. However, teeth and all of their relating components are complicated systems requiring the help of several specialists – no matter the issue, there is a doctor that can help you! The doctor may be your general dentist, but it could also be a specialty doctor that has extensive training on a specific aspect of your oral health. In this way, you can be confident you are always taken care of and your smile can keep on shining.
We are an oral surgery practice, focusing on the complex systems relating to your mouth and the surrounding maxillofacial anatomy. We specialize in procedures like extractions, as well as sophisticated facial reconstructive surgeries. When it comes to trips to our office, here are five common reasons we might see you here!
- Wisdom Tooth Extraction
- Bone Grafting
- Implant Placement
- Sinus Lift
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Although not everyone requires their wisdom teeth extracted, the vast majority of us do at one point or another. Wisdom teeth vary greatly in their development, and can come in at different ages and positions. If you are fortunate enough that yours erupt cleanly and in alignment, your general dentist may be able to perform the extraction for you. However, it’s incredibly common for wisdom teeth to become impacted in the jaw bone, or erupt at odd angles in the mouth. When this happens, we can comfortably accommodate the extraction.
There are a variety of situations that require a bone grafting procedure for when there is not sufficient bone remaining in the mouth, most commonly: extraction site graft, past injury, severe caries, or periodontal disease. Bone regeneration is a procedure used to prevent gum scar tissue from invading a vacant space in order to best reshape or rebuild the jaw. The use of these procedures can greatly enhance the outcome of restorative procedures, such as dental implants.
A tooth extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons, including injury or severe cases of decay. Our first goal is always to save the tooth. However in some cases it is not possible and we will guide you through a comfortable extraction process. Once complete, we will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your smile with tooth replacement options.
Dental Implant procedures are one of our primary specializations – having a missing tooth can negatively impact a person’s confidence, but did you know it can also affect the health of their mouth? When your smile has a vacant space, gum tissue and the surrounding teeth will compete to fill it. The damage it can cause is highly preventable, so if you have a missing tooth you should let us know. It is both a cosmetic and medical procedure that we are happy to work through with you. Dental Implants have the look, feel and function of a natural tooth making it a great option to replace a missing tooth.
A sinus lift is a functional procedure that may be recommended under several circumstances. We commonly perform them when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw to support implants (often caused by bone loss), or the sinuses are too close together to perform the necessary work. Sinuses can also enlarge as a person ages, and again, this may affect our ability to treat the area which may be remedied by a lift. If you are pursuing treatment and a lift is necessary to ensure your comfort and satisfaction with your results, we will address this during your consultation and form a treatment plan together.
We are here to help you feel confident about the health of your smile. If you believe any of these procedures could benefit you, or if you have any other concerns about your oral health – contact our office and let us help.