When you have serious injuries, missing teeth, or weakened jawbones and need treatment for these advanced and complex concerns, you may benefit from oral surgery. Our team can offer treatment to transform the function, health, and beauty of your smile. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist talks about our approach to your oral surgery.
To begin, we want to see you and conduct a detailed diagnosis. Our team will talk to you about your situation and what results you would like to see. Next, we complete an examination with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so we can diagnose the cause and assess the severity of your oral health concerns, and then plan treatment in detail. Every smile is unique, and we’re ready to offer personalized care for your smile.
Anesthesia and Sedation
Our team also wants to make sure your oral surgery is a comfortable experience, which is why we administer a local anesthesia to the area being treated. In addition, our team can offer dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. Sedation can also help people with anxiety and special needs undergo treatment without complication, so everyone can enjoy a positive treatment experience.
If you have severe gum recession due to periodontal disease, then you could benefit from oral surgery. Receding tissues expose sensitive portions of the teeth, leading to cavities and infection. The receding tissues could also increase the risk of periodontitis, the stage of the disease linked to tooth loss. But with a gum graft, we can use new tissues to cover the exposed portions of the teeth and to reshape the gum line. This prevents your smile from looking uneven, and your teeth misshapen. The procedure also helps us more easily manage your gum disease moving forward.
Sometimes oral surgery is needed to gently extract teeth that could otherwise threaten your smile. If a tooth is severely damaged or decayed, then staying in place could allow infection to spread. Likewise, an impacted wisdom tooth could lead to discomfort and also an increased risk of misalignment and infection. We could also remove teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment or to pave the way for a full or a partial set of dentures. Our team can conduct this procedure with comfort, removing teeth gently and providing detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a complication-free healing period. In some cases, this could take as little as 30 minutes!
When we lose our natural teeth, the body could suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the lost root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue gradually breaks down, a process that causes an older appearance and further tooth loss, and also limits your ability to receive dental implants, as there simply isn’t enough jawbone structure to support it. But with jawbone grafting, we can use bone taken from your jaw, hip, or knee, or from synthetic sources, to rebuild the weakened portions. As the area heals and the new tissues become solid bone, you can obtain a smile that is ready to receive one or more dental implants!
Dental Implant Placement
If you have missing teeth, we want to help you enjoy a full smile again. You can eat your favorite foods, smile with confidence, and avoid the onset of an aged appearance. Dental implants are not like traditional bridges or removable dentures. Instead, we will insert biocompatible posts into the jaw, which act as new roots and bonds with the jaw. This preserves your smile and allows your new teeth to last for years to come, decades even. We then rematch a crown for an individual one, which looks natural and blends with the smile, while also providing a durable chewing surface. For severe tooth loss, we can use several posts to support a bridge or even a full set of dentures, so you have a prosthetic that never slips and that doesn’t need to be removed for maintenance. Instead, your implant dentures look and act like natural teeth.
If you have any questions about how we treat smiles with oral surgery, or about scheduling an appointment with our team, then please reach out today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy your best smile before the holiday season begins, so start the process today!
Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery
We can offer precision and comfort when we address serious oral health concerns. If you need oral surgery, call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA today at 949-630-0143.