Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a surgical specialty. At All About Smiles, our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons and surgical support staff utilize the latest modern techniques to treat many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region.
At All About Smiles, oral and maxillofacial outpatient surgery is always performed under the best and most appropriate anesthesia. There are various anesthesia options and your dentist will discuss these options with you while keeping your comfort first and foremost in mind.
Exodontia, a dental extraction, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Modern dentistry makes routine tooth extractions relatively comfortable, painless procedures. For seven days after the extraction, your tooth socket will require some care. You will be instructed to steer clear of the empty tooth socket when brushing your teeth. Some bleeding can be expected, and pain medication may be prescribed for residual discomfort.
Extractions may be performed for various reasons including severe tooth decay or infection that has destroyed the tooth to the point that it is unable to be restored. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for .
Wisdom teeth are the teeth that are farthest back in the mouth and are typically the last teeth to erupt, usually after the age of 18. Wisdom teeth often become impacted – they may grow in sideways, partially emerged from the gum, and even remain beneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a myriad of problems, including gum disease, infection, decay, and even tumors. With an oral exam and x-rays, your dentist, orthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon can evaluate your wisdom teeth and evaluate any present or potential problems.
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants – via oral surgery – offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your All About Smiles dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are the most realistic tooth replacements available. Implants begin with a surgically placed post that is securely anchored into the jawbone. The bone surrounding the anchor will heal in approximately six months. With a completely solid and stable anchor point, an artificial tooth is then installed. The end result is a new artificial tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth, both from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. In cases where several teeth are missing, dental implants can also act as the teeth to which bridges are fixed, again perfectly mimicking the function of healthy, natural teeth. While dentures that are loose and ill-fitting make eating difficult, they can cause painful sore spots on the gums as they slide around while chewing. An implant denture may be the answer. Usually two to four implants are surgically placed in the bone and become anchored as the bone heals and secures itself to the implant. This healing process takes about six months after which the dentist can begin constructing an implant denture. An implant denture is a removable denture with attachments on the underside that clip onto a bar connected to the implants. The attachments and bar hold the denture in place and keep it from moving when chewing and speaking. Implant dentures can be classified into two groups: Implant Retained Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures. Implant Retained Dentures are held in place by the attachments, but are mainly supported by the bone and gum tissue as is a conventional denture. Implant Supported Dentures are for patients who do not have sufficient bone and supporting gum tissue. This denture is mainly supported by the bar attached to the implants.