Oral surgery is a surgical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of concerns or defects in the anatomy of the mouth, jaw, or facial structure. It encompasses a wide range of procedures that aim to improve the function and appearance of the oral and facial regions. These can range from relatively common treatments, such as tooth extractions, to restorative procedures, such as implant placement.
At Dixie Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team is composed of highly-trained specialists who undergo years of training in order to be able to safely and effectively meet patients’ surgical needs for better health and happiness.
If you are experiencing any problems with your mouth, jaw, or facial region, it is important to consult with our team members to see if surgery may be the best option for you. Call our St. George, UT office today to book an appointment!
Dental implant surgery is a surgical procedure that replaces missing teeth with artificial tooth roots and components that mimic the natural tooth structure. Dental implants are made of titanium and look like screws. The implant is placed in the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone to create a sturdy foundation for the artificial tooth. Dental implant surgery is one of the most impactful procedures in dentistry – restoring the smiles and lives of patients with missing teeth. It is a relatively minor process, and most people experience a straightforward recovery after the implant is placed.
Dental implant surgery can improve your oral health, help you eat and speak more easily, and give you a natural-looking smile.
Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. There are a number of reasons why teeth may need to be extracted. One of the most common reasons is when tooth decay has progressed to the point that it can no longer be treated with a dental filling or other restorative procedure. In such cases, extraction is often the only option left to restore oral health.
Other reasons for extraction include:
- Gum disease – When gum disease reaches advanced stages, it can destroy the bone and tissue that support teeth, making extraction necessary.
- Tooth fracture – If a tooth is fractured beyond repair, extraction is often the best option.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth that are impacted (not able to erupt normally) may need to be extracted before they begin causing pain or other dental problems.
One of the most common types of extraction is a simple extraction, which is performed when the tooth is visible in the mouth and can be easily accessed. A surgical extraction may be required if the tooth is impacted or if it is not easily reachable for any reason.
- The procedure begins with our dentist numbing the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic.
- A small incision is then made in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and the underlying bone.
- We will then use special tools to remove the tooth from its socket. If necessary, the surrounding bone may be modified to ensure that the tooth can be removed without damage to the surrounding tissues.
- Once the tooth is removed, we will clean and pack the wound with a sterile dressing.
- Sutures may then be placed to help close the wound for healing.
In most cases, there is minimal swelling or bleeding after surgery, and the patient can resume normal activities within a few days.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure. It’s performed when one or more of your wisdom teeth are impacted and can not safely emerge into the oral cavity, oftentimes, this is due to these teeth emerging at an angle or simply lacking the space to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, gum disease, cyst development, and other dental problems if they are not removed.
The extraction procedure itself is typically very quick and relatively painless.
- You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth before it is extracted.
- We will then access the tooth by creating a small opening in your gum tissue.
- From this opening, we will either remove the tooth as a whole piece or break it into fragments before removing it.
- The area is finally sutured closed for healing.
After the tooth is extracted, you may experience some swelling and bruising around the area. This is normal and will usually subside within a few days. You can minimize swelling and discomfort by following post-operative instructions carefully, including icing the area, using over-the-counter pain medication, and resting in the days following the procedure.