Jaw SurgeryJaw surgery is done to correct misalignments or other abnormalities in the upper and lower jaws. Jaw surgery can involve surgical procedures such as an osteotomy (bone cutting), bone grafts, or distraction osteogenesis (stretching of the bone) and orthodontic (braces) care. Jaw correction is conducted in stages, and the course of treatment can last a few months up to one year or more.
Facial trauma involves injuries to the bone, teeth, skin, gums or other soft tissues. Depending on the type of facial trauma sustained there are many different option available. Both our doctors specialize in facial trauma, as well as the reconstruction of the face and jaw; they are on call for all of the surrounding area hospitals.
Implants offer a high quality option for tooth replacement. Implants are a lifetime investment and will replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are the replacement of the tooth root. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable dental appliances. Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium. The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the into the implant to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth. To fabricate the replacement teeth, your dentist will take and impression and a lab will create your crown or prosthesis. Our doctors are experienced and highly trained in the placement of dental implants and we will work very closely with your general dentist to assist in making your smile both functional and esthetic again.
- Local Anesthesia numbs only the area of your mouth that is being treated. This is done with a type of injection. You are awake and aware of what is happening.
- Conscious Sedation is a mild sedative that relaxes you. You stay awake, but may not remember the procedure afterwards. This is done in conjunction with local anesthesia.
- General Anesthesia allows you to be unconscious (asleep) during your dental procedure. You should not feel any pain during your procedure. This is done in conjunction with local anesthesia.
Gum grafting is commonly used to treat root exposure resulting from receded gum tissue. Tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth or from gum tissue near the tooth and stitched into the area needing gingival repair. Our doctors are trained in a new and advanced technique that has made tissue grafting a much more pleasant experience in comparison to traditional grafting procedures, it is both “bladeless” and “sutureless”.
Bone grafting is used to repair the bone in which supports your teeth. Sometimes bone structure has been damaged from periodontal disease or loss of a tooth. If bone has been lost due to trauma or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor to allow for new bone to form and allow for future implant placement. Overall, bone grafting is performed to reverse bone loss or enhance bone structure and allow for proper support for dental implants or prostheses.
Wisdom teeth that are deemed problematic are removed preventatively to avoid future complications. Often times wisdom teeth fall under this category. To have a wisdom tooth removed, a small incision is made to open up the gum tissue over the tooth and to remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Sometimes the tooth will need to be cut into smaller pieces to make it easier for removal. Sometimes stitches are necessary, but most of the time they are not. Wisdom tooth removal requires on average a 3 day recovery.
Teeth that are damaged or have failed and are beyond restoration will need to be extracted. Sometimes teeth are removed preventatively to avoid future complications. Often times wisdom teeth fall under this category.
- Myofascial pain which involves discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function.
- Internal derangement of the joint that can mean a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle.
- Arthritis which is degenerative inflammatory disorder.