WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL: Removal of wisdom teeth can be performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas, or general anesthesia. These options as well as the surgical risks (sinus complications, bleeding, and sensory nerve damage) will be discussed with you at your consultation visit.
DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT: Dental implants are titanium posts which are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. The placement of dental implants usually require two surgical procedures. The first procedure is placement of the dental implant in the jaw bone. This is allowed to heal for approximately six months. Durning the second procedure, the implant is exposed into the mouth and a small post is placed.
BONE GRAFTING: Over time, the jaw bone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This results in a condition where there is poor quantity and quality of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. It is recommended bone grafting material be placed at the time of tooth removal to prevent bone resorption and to prepare the surgical site for fututre dental implant placement.
BIOPSY: The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special mucosa that is smooth and pink in color. Any change in this appearance can be a warning sign of a pathological process. The most serious lesion would be oral cancer. red or white patches, a sore that fails to heal or bleed easily, a thickening or lump inside the mouth, difficulty in chewing or swallowing, or a chronic sore throat or hoarness. These changes can be detected on the lips, cheek, gums, tongue, face or neck regions. Please come in for an oral screening.
EXPOSURE OF TEETH FOR ORTHODONTIC PURPOSES: An impacted tooth simply means it is "stuck" and cannot erupt into fuction. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your bite. The cuspid teeth are very strong biting teeth and have the longest roots. Often an impacted canine may require a surgical procedure to aid in orthodontic treatment. The tooth is exposed and an orthodontic bracket is placed and has a gold chain attached. The orthodontist can then place elastic traction to guide the tooth onto proper position.
TMJ DISORDERS: TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders describe a host of problems that affect the bite, jaw joint, and muscle of the head and neck. If you have symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound. you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
NITROUS OXIDE-SEDATION-GENERAL ANESTHESIA: As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, we have the training, experience and license to provide various types of anesthesia to make your surgery more pleasant and comfortable. These services are provided safely in our state of the art operating suite utilizing the most modern equipment. You may hear alot about sedation dentistry, but may not know the difference between nitrous oxide, sedation and general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, exhibits eurphoric effects when inhaled. It is used in dentistry for it's analgesic and anesthetic effects.
Sedation may imply that one is put to sleep, but this is not true. The experience will feel very much like sleep but the patient is conscious during the procedure. Typically a medication is given in the form of a pill to relax the patient, then a local anesthetic is injected in the area of the mouth to block the pain where the necessary dental procedure will be performed.
General anesthesia is a safe way to stay asleep and pain-free durning procedures that are complicated, take a long time, or make you anxious or uncomfortable. You will not move, feel any pain, or have any memories of the procedure. You will not be aware of what is happening around you.