Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedures that have to do with the mouth, jaws, and teeth. These procedures are practiced at the dental office and don't require a hospital setting or general anesthesia. Most of these treatments and procedures have to be practiced by an oral surgeon or maxillofacial surgeon, as they specialize and this type of dentistry. Contrary to how it might sound, the procedures that involve oral surgery are usually fast and painless procedures, but you can always talk to our doctor about the different types of sedation dentistry services available to make your time in the chair more comfortable and relaxing. Oral surgery is used daily by dentists all around the world to treat different dental issues such as extracting teeth or impacted wisdom teeth, installing dental implants, creating bone grafts, treating TMJ Disorders or treatments for oral cancer.
- Bone Grafting: A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is needed to provide strength and rebuild bone material when your jawbones are not strong enough to support your teeth or implants or the bone has fractured. The bone grafting process places bone-like materials in the areas where bone might be missing so the cells can start rebuilding the bone. The graft is given time to rebuild the bone structure and be strong enough for the screws of the dental implant to be secured to the new bone. There are three types of bone grafts available: auto grafts, take bone from another part of your body, allogenic grafts, use bone from a dead donor, and xenogenic grafts use bones harvested from other species most commonly cows.
- TMJ Disorders: TMJ Disorders are problems relating to your temporomandibular joint or TMJ for short, which is the joint that joins your lower jaw with your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. Disorders of this joint can be classified into two categories depending on the source of the problem: muscular or anatomical. When the problem is muscular, the muscles create a dysfunction with the joint which can cause pain, soreness, and difficulty moving the jaw. If the issue is anatomical, it has to do with a problem on how the joints work together, and can present other symptoms such as locking of the jaw, headaches, earaches, difficulty chewing, speaking or closing and opening your mouth. There are several forms of treatment for either TMJ disorder that your doctor can go over with you, and recommend the one that best addresses your situation.
- Tooth Extractions: When a tooth has fractured beyond repair or has decayed and can no longer be saved by other treatments, or a wisdom tooth as impacted between the jawbone and the gums, an extraction might be recommended. In these cases, the whole tooth, or by pieces, the tooth is extracted from its socket or surgically removed and left to heal. A restorative option like a bridge or an implant can help improve your smile once the incision has healed. The surgery consists of numbing the area with an anesthetic gel and injection to block any pain, and an incision made to remove the tooth or pieces before suturing the incision and leaving it to heal.
If you need a tooth extraction, a bone graft for a restorative procedure, or suffer from TMJ disorder or need any other form of oral surgery, please call us at (714) 997-9030 to schedule an appointment today! Dr. Levitt and his team will be happy to examine you and determine the best treatment plan for you.