Know Where To Go For Oral Surgery
General dentistry covers a lot of ground.
It includes preventive practices. It incorporates cosmetic care, and it takes in restorative services, too.
All of these are part of the comprehensive care that we provide at Parkway Dental. Yet, our dentists can do more, including a variety of oral surgeries for our patients in Snellville, GA, and the surrounding areas.
You may never need any kind of oral surgery, but if you or someone you love does, we want to be ready and able to perform the procedure in our office. You don’t have to visit a specialist to get the care that you need and deserve.
Kinds Of Oral Surgeries
If you never need any of these services, that will be great. However, we do want you to know what is possible if you ever should need any of these treatments.
► Bone Grafts
Dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement in modern dentistry. (In fact, the inventor of modern implants, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, was recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.)
Implants allow us to do more than restore smiles. They allow us to restore something quite close to the full function of healthy, natural teeth.
In order to place traditional implants, you do need a minimum amount of bone mass. If you have lost bone density, this could be a problem.
But it is a fixable problem. With bone grafts, we can transplant bone tissue to the parts of your mouth where it is needed. The transplanted bone will grow into your existing bone to get you the support that you need for your dental implants.
► Bone Reductions
This may seem like an odd option considering what we just mentioned, but sometimes this procedure it necessary, too.
If you fracture your jawbone, it may not heal the way it should have. This can affect the function of your jaw, and it can cause you pain.
Reducing parts of your jaw may be needed to address one or both of those issues.
► Soft Tissue Pathologies
When you come to our office for routine care, we will perform a professional cleaning and an examination. Part of the reason we do this is to watch for any changes in your mouth or anything that looks out of the ordinary.
If you have a problem, we want to identify it as soon as possible. While no one like to think about it, oral cancer is one of those possible problems.
If we see anything unusual, we may want to remove a sample of the soft tissue to determine if it is something that requires additional treatment. Your treatment will be more effective if we can identify the problem early.
► Teeth Extractions Or Removals
As dentists, we want to protect and preserve teeth whenever possible. Nevertheless, sometimes removing teeth is the best way to maintain our patients’ long-term oral health.
Wisdom teeth removals are one of the most common extractions that we do. Few people actually have jaws large enough to allow their wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. Wisdom teeth can become impacted or they can push your existing teeth aside, causing new alignment problems.
At other times, individual teeth may interfere with orthodontic procedures. In those cases, you may have better success by removing the problematic tooth before beginning orthodontic treatment.
And yes, sometimes teeth become so damaged by decay or other oral health issues that they need to be removed to prevent the problem from spreading.
► Ridge Augmentation
This type of surgery may be necessary if you have lost a tooth due to an infection or injury or if you had a tooth removed.
Losing teeth doesn’t just affect your smile. It can affect your jaw and your gums, too. In some cases, this can cause abnormalities that should be corrected.
Ridge augmentation is a surgical technique to remake the original contour of your jaw and gums. This can be beneficial for cosmetic reasons and to prepare your mouth for dental implants.
Care You Can Count On
Our dentists are more than capable of completing your oral surgery in our office. With our sedation options, you won’t feel anything during the procedure.
Afterward, our staff will be here to answer any questions and follow through on your treatment. We can take you through the whole process from diagnosis to surgery to aftercare at our dentist office in Snellville, GA.