Oral Surgery Services
Oral Surgery Services
Oral surgery procedures are performed on the teeth, jaws, gums, or surrounding oral and facial structures to maintain oral health. Though the word “surgery” tends to strike fear into even the bravest person, the team at Woodson’s Reserve Dental is committed to ensuring that you remain calm, and your procedure is as painless as possible.
About Oral Surgery Services
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
One of the most common surgical procedures is the removal of wisdom teeth. As the last teeth to erupt in the oral cavity, the mouth often does not have enough room to accommodate them, and so they may erupt in an awkward position where they push against adjacent teeth, or they may remain trapped under the gums. Problems associated with these teeth often include pain, shifting of the erupted teeth (causing misalignment and problems with their bite), and infection. Though the recommendation is that they are extraction removed by the early twenties, we can remove them for you at any age.
Where patients have lost one or more teeth, dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement as they look, feel and function like a natural tooth, while being able to last a lifetime. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jaw where it fuses to the jawbone and causing stimulation like a natural tooth, keeping the bone healthy. After about three (3) to four (4) months, a crown can be placed for single tooth cases and where multiple teeth are missing, the placement of four (4) or six (6) implants can be used to anchor a bridge or denture to completely rehabilitate and transform a smile.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that is performed where there is inadequate bone height or volume in an area of the jaw to support a restoration. This can be caused by tooth loss or where there is a dental condition that causes the bone to deteriorate. It is often performed prior to placing an implant.
During a routine dental check-up, if any abnormalities in the appearance of the oral tissues are detected, your dentist may advise that a biopsy is done to rule out underlying disease (including oral cancer). A biopsy takes a sample of the irregular tissue and sends it to a lab so that it can be examined under a microscope. This procedure is done using anesthetic so that you will be comfortable and can take about fifteen (15) minutes from start to finish in some cases.
Bone reshaping can be done to smoothen out uneven or sharp bone so that there is better adaptation and a more comfortable fit of a patient’s denture.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Also known as orthognathic surgery, is used to correct various minor or major dental and skeletal abnormalities of the jaw that can significantly impact a patient’s ability to breathe, eat and speak properly. It is also common for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to have corrective surgery done to fix problems with their bite. Contact us today.