Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws. After four years of dental school, surgeons receive four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, preparing them to do a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our doctors manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. We practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including but not limited to implants, wisdom teeth extractions, bone grafting, TMJ, oral biopsies. sinus lifts, etc. Our staff is highly trained in assisting with general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
What are some of the reasons people have their wisdom teeth removed?
There are many reasons for removing a problematic wisdom tooth. One of the most common causes for removal is impaction, which can lead to chronic and painful infections. An oral surgeon may also recommend removal if a wisdom tooth is crowding the other teeth or presenting in a way that could cause problems with tooth alignment.
Can I have my wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure?
Wisdom tooth removal is a very commonplace procedure performed on thousands of people every day. Many of those individuals elect to have otherwise healthy wisdom teeth removed as a preventive approach to future gum disease and tooth decay. The third molars are at particularly high risk of developing decay during middle age and late adulthood, as they are difficult to clean properly. Instead of requiring individual extractions at a later age, many prefer wisdom tooth removal all at once during the teen or young adult years, when recovery is easier and there is a lower risk of complication.
What happens during a wisdom tooth removal procedure?
Wisdom tooth removal is a fast, in-office procedure performed on an outpatient basis. Our team takes every precaution to ensure patient comfort throughout the removal. Because we use sedation and anesthesia for our wisdom tooth removals, all patients will need a responsible driver to take them home after the procedure. We provide comprehensive instructions for self- care, including directions for rinsing the surgical area and taking medications as necessary. In most cases, most patients can go back to school or work in just a few short days.
Dental implants are actually small posts made of titanium that are secured to the jawbone. This process does take several months, as the jawbone bonds to the titanium posts to create an incredibly durable, natural base for the addition of teeth. Each post is placed into the mouth surgically through researched and educated processes. After the dental surgery, individuals must wait approximately three to six months for complete bonding to occur.
Once the bonding is completed, the actual denture and/or bridgework design is completed. This design is staggered from the bonding in order to ensure a more functional and attractive dental implant. After healing occurs from the first procedure, our specialists uncover the implants in order to install healing collars. Next, impressions are taken in order to begin the process of actually designing the implants. Healing and installation of the implants usually takes just six to eight months in total without drastically affecting daily life.