Oral Surgery & Implants
Oral surgeries can encompass a vast range of treatments in the maxillofacial region.
- These teeth erupt late in the teenage years and get partially impacted in the jaw due to lack of space and causing a host of complications. Due to the limited space it is often impossible to clean the wisdom teeth properly and often food and plaque get underneath the gingiva causing an infection that can spread quickly.
- If you are having pain or notice more crowding of your anterior teeth, having them extracted may reduce future complications.
- In cases where the prognosis of a tooth is hopeless, it may be recommended by the dentist to have the tooth extracted.
- Some cases of orthodontic treatment may require extraction to make space for proper alignment.
- This procedure involves harvesting a small strip of tissue from your palate and transplanting to another region of your gingiva.
- A graft may be required in conjunction to another oral surgery procedure or as a result of sensitivity from exposed roots due to recession. If significant parts of the root are exposed it may be beneficial to have it covered before symptoms arises.
- The soft tissue that connects the lips to the gingiva or the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is known as the frenum.
- In certain cases, this soft tissue is too short and restricts natural movement (tongue-tied, lip tied), or prevents teeth from closing leaving a space (diastema). A frenectomy is a procedure to remove the restricting soft tissue.
- Titanium fixtures that are placed into the bone to mimic the natural root. A crown is then either cemented or screwed to the fixture.
- Implants can last a life time but is heavily dependent on how well it’s care for. Implants can be loss due to peri-implantitis and therefore it is imperative to maintain proper oral hygiene.
- This is a good option to restore a missing tooth to normal function and appearance.
Bone Grafts & Socket Preservations
- After a tooth is removed, the socket will collapse on itself. Over time the edentulous ridge will resorb. The bone loses height and width, the overall volume of bone in the missing tooth areas decreases hence the requirement for a bone graft before the implant can be placed.
- The dentist may recommend a socket preservation (bone graft material place into the extraction socket) after an extraction to help maintain the bone volume to allow for easier placement of an implant in the future.
- In cases of missing teeth in the upper jaw where the sinus may have dropped or there is insufficient bone to place the implant, a sinus lift is required to create the sufficient vertical height to place the implant.