Surgical Removal Of Wisdom Teeth
“Wisdom teeth” are a person’s third and final set of developing molars that are in the posterior of the mouth behind the 2nd molars. Typically most people will have four wisdom teeth one located in each corner of the mouth and only very few people have the space needed for wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth will often be impacted in the bone preventing them from properly erupting within the mouth. The impacted teeth will need to be removed to prevent problems that may come up in the future as well as relieve any pain.
Dental implants have enhanced the quality of life and are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Injury, periodontal disease or tooth decay can all lead to loss of teeth. This experience can be traumatic and affect self-confidence as well as contribute to further dental problems. Dental implants are long-term replacements and a practical solution to what may feel like an overwhelming dilemma. A dental implant is essentially a man-made tooth root composed of titanium metal that is placed beneath the gum and fuses to the bone in the jaw. These implants resemble the natural form of a tooth root. They are designed to function like natural teeth and give a person the ability to eat anything and smile with confidence.
Bone grafting is a procedure performed to reverse bone loss caused by periodontal disease, infection, or trauma. Bone loss is accelerated when teeth are extracted and nothing is done to prevent the surrounding bone from collapsing. Dental implants are beneficial in such situations to prevent the defect that would normally develop when teeth are missing. Bone grafts are used to preserve the bone needed for implants and the techniques to replace bone tissue will depend of the size of the defect and the location within the mouth.
Facial trauma can consist of many situations such as facial lacerations, intraoral lacerations, knocked out teeth, fractured facial bones, and fractured jaws. Our surgeons are trained and highly skilled to perform the proper treatment of each individual facial trauma.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint. The jaw has muscles and joints working together and a problem with either one can result in stiffness, headaches, pain, bite problems, clicking sounds, or locked jaws. Some behaviors that can lead to TMJ disorders are teeth grinding and clenching, habitual gum chewing or fingernail biting, trauma to the jaws, stress, dental problems and misalignment of the teeth. There are various treatment options and our doctors can perform a proper evaluation to confirm diagnosis of TMJ disorder and will determine the proper treatment.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is a corrective facial surgery performed on the bones of the jaws to reposition misaligned jaws. This surgery is often done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth. People who often require repositioning of the jaw are ones who have difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing, speech problems, TMJ pain, open bite, protruding jaw, and or breathing problems. If you are a candidate, a consultation should be scheduled in order to evaluate and determine the proper treatment for each patient.
Oral pathology are diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial area. Identification of such diseases can be seen by any alteration of the smooth, coral pink skin lining the inside. The change of appearance of the skin could be a sign of an oral pathology and the most serious of these disease is oral cancer. There are multiple signs of oral pathology such as reddish or whitish patches in the mouth, a reoccurring sore that bleeds easily, a lump, thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth, chronic sore throat, and difficulty in chewing or swallowing. It is important to be examined if you think you may have any of these signs.
In most cases, most of our invasive procedures are performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or IV sedation. Our doctors will discuss which type of anesthesia is best for you and your particular needs.