Patients may need to pursue treatment with an oral surgeon to treat a wide variety of conditions. Here is an overview of the procedures most often performed by our surgeons.
- Wisdom tooth extraction: This is probably the most common oral surgery procedure we perform, and it may be a patient’s only experience with oral surgery in his or her lifetime. Impacted wisdom teeth can create numerous problems for patients, and they usually need to be removed surgically because bone must be removed first in order to access and extract the wisdom teeth. This procedure is typically completed within a few hours in an outpatient setting.
- Dental implants: An oral surgeon is trained to provide dental implants, which much be placed surgically in the patient’s jaw, as a treatment for tooth loss or congenitally missing teeth. This procedure also is completed in an outpatient setting.
- All on 4: With this treatment, which restores an entire smile, the oral surgeon inserts just four dental implants into the jaw to support an entire denture. This procedure is typically completed in a few hours, and a patient may be fitted with a temporary appliance after the dental implants are in place so this treatment may also be called “Smile in a Day.”
- Bone grafting: Patients who have suffered bone loss may need a bone graft before receiving dental implants. Bone grafting can also be beneficial to restore full facial structures to patients who have suffered bone loss due to some sort of disease or patients with congenitally missing bone.
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder treatment: Congenital defects in the jaw can cause or exacerbate TMJ disorders, and surgical procedures to correct the structural issues can reduce discomfort and other symptoms associated with TMJ problems.
- Sleep apnea treatment: The structure of the jaw can contribute to sleep apnea, and for patients who don’t respond to or tolerate other treatments, surgical procedures to correct the jaw structure can help to eliminate the apneic episodes. Surgeons may also provide oral appliance therapy to address sleep apnea in patients.
If you have any questions about any of the treatments listed above or other types of oral surgery, don’t hesitate to call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members to get the information you need. We’d also be happy to schedule an initial consultation to give you the specifics on the treatment recommended for your case.