Oral Surgery

Our dentists can diagnose and treat a wide variety conditions. This page lists some of the many conditions, treatments and procedures we perform on a regular basis.

Wisdom Teeth

Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the four teeth that erupt at the back of each jaw, usually in your late teens or early 20s.

Since most people’s jaws don’t have room for them, they often come in crooked and impact with other teeth, where they can crowd, infect or cause structural damage to them.

Wisdom teeth extraction is generally pretty straightforward, involving the removal of the teeth under local or general anesthesia depending on the case.

The patient can go home the same day and should follow any instructions and take any medications the dentist has provided.

Implants

Dental implants are non-removable dental devices to replace missing teeth or sometimes support bridges.

Getting implants requires multiple visit visits over a period of a month or more. The dentists need to take x-rays and molds of your current dentition to determine the size and dimensions of the implants. The anchor is inserted into the bone under anesthesia, and some bone grafting is usually involved.

The anchor and the bone grafts then spend six months or so healing and bonding with each other. Some implants are installed in two stages, first the titanium anchor and then the post that will hold the artificial tooth is attached later. After the anchor site has healed, the fabricated tooth is placed on it.

Several follow-up visits may be necessary to make sure it sits just right.

Mini Dental Implants

MDIs work on similar principles as standard implants, but they are smaller, cost less, and because they don’t require bone grafting, they have much shorter healing periods and the prosthetic tooth can be put on the same day.

MDIs can be used for individual implants, but the most common use is to stabilize dentures, which otherwise tend to “float” in the jaw and require adhesive.

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