Wisdom Teeth Extraction
The majority of people have four third molars—or wisdom teeth — which usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24. Extractions of wisdom teeth are recommended when the jaw becomes crowded and other teeth are affected, the wisdom tooth becomes impacted or misaligned, or other serious issues develop such as infection or a cyst.
When one or more of your teeth are lost due to periodontal disease or an accident, dental implants can be the best solution if you have an otherwise healthy mouth. Dental implants are titanium posts placed in the jaw bone. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They can be used in place of a bridge or dentures and will renew a patient’s confidence in their smile as well as their ability to chew and talk without difficulty.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 Dental Implants, aka “Teeth in a Day,” uses the latest technology to create a permanent set of teeth that look and feel natural. The All-on-4 procedure uses only four implants per arch. The All-on-4 implants requires no bone grafting and are placed at an angle for increased contact to the bone. This allows you to save money, and save on discomfort.
Administered through the blood stream, intravenous sedation provides quick and effective relaxation, but still enables you to communicate with your oral surgeon. IV sedation causes temporary partial or full memory loss of the procedure. Time seems to pass very quickly.
During implant reconstruction, bone grafting becomes necessary if your upper or lower jawbones do not have enough volume to support the titanium posts. This usually results from periodontal disease, injuries, cysts, infections, or an extracted tooth. Bone grafting restores your previous bone structure by actually growing bone or replacing it with a synthetic material.
Due to injury, birth defects, or disparate growth rates of the upper and lower jaws, it is sometimes necessary to straighten or reposition the jawbone. A misaligned jaw can affect your chewing, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance.
Facial trauma, sometimes called maxillofacial injury, is an injury to the face, upper, and lower jaw bone. This includes injuries to the skin covering, underlying skeleton, neck, nasal (sinuses), orbital socket, or oral lining, as well as the teeth and dental structures. Facial trauma is often caused by auto accidents, violence, or penetrating injuries.
Oral pathology is the study of cell and tissue changes that result from a variety of diseases of the oral cavity, jaws, and salivary glands. Our oral surgeons will work with oral pathologists to provide a quick diagnosis and outstanding patient management services.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) provides the mobility needed to bite, chew, swallow food, speak, and make facial expressions. TMJ disorder affects the joint in front of each ear that connects the lower jaw bone (the mandible) to the skull.