Oral surgery enables our team to help repair damaged, rebuild lost structure in the smile, extract wisdom teeth, and more. With experience on the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Trauma Team, our surgeons can offer this with comfort and precision. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about our approach to common oral surgeries.
When teeth become lost, the body will respond to the missing roots by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jaw. Without these nutrients, the jawbone around the roots breaks down and becomes lost. The patients suffer further tooth loss, and now their jaw is too weak to support dental implants, which could of course reverse the gradual loss of mass and density. To rebuild the weakened operations, we could offer jawbone grafting. We attach tissues taken from your jaw or hip, or from donor or synthetic sources, to the jaw. This creates a matrix for bone tissue to grow around, and provide new structure to support dental implants and address your tooth loss!
As we mentioned above, we can use jawbone grafting to rebuild what is lost following tooth loss. But that procedure is for the lower jaw. For the upper jaw, we take a different approach. With a sinus lift, we actually raise the sinus floor to uncover new bone structure that can support the placement of several dental implants. Again, once we insert the post this helps preserve the structure and keep your smile from degrading. You enjoy new teeth and your youthful facial structure remains intact as well.
If you sustain serious facial trauma in an accident, this could include broken jaw or facial bones, or even lacerations to your face too. Our team has experience in addressing these serious concerns, first replacing your missing teeth and essentially rebuilding your smile around them. We not only improve the function and stability of your smile, but we take steps to ensure improved facial esthetics too, so you never feel embarrassed to show off your smile.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
For teens and young adults, up to four new molars could erupt in the rear of the mouth. Known as wisdom teeth, or third molars, these could cause a host of serious complications for your smile. For example, they could lead to dental misalignment, painful partial eruptions known as impaction, infection, and even damaged teeth. The health, function, and beauty of your smile could suffer. But with oral surgery, our team can remove these teeth before they even erupt, preserving the current state of your smile. Our team could also extract teeth to make room for full implant dentures, create room for orthodontic treatment, or to prevent infection from severely decayed, infected, or damaged teeth from reaching other parts of your smile. In all, the procedure usually takes as little as 30 minutes.
Bracketing Wisdom Teeth
What if you have issues with the eruption of your permanent teeth, and they become impacted? Impaction means they can only partially erupt, and this could alter the alignment of your smile and your bite balance, leaving you vulnerable to poorer oral health. But with the bracketing procedure, we can shift them into proper position. The process involves attaching a bracket to the tooth in question and to another nearby one. We then connect these brackets with a small chain, and adjust tension in the chains to gently shift the teeth into proper position, correcting your smile.
Anesthesia and Sedation
With oral surgery, we always want to ensure our patients enjoy their time in our office and feel comfortable. To ensure this, we will administer a local anesthetic to the areas being treated. Our team could also offer dental sedation, which helps those with anxiety or who are undergoing more extensive oral surgery. We have three options, which can help you enter a calm and relaxed state, often with little or no memory of the procedure at all. Don’t let your worries and anxiety stand between you and the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.
If you have any questions about how our team implements oral surgery and keeps your confidence, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a stunning smile!
Do You Have Questions About Our Approach to Oral Surgery?
We would like to help you avoid major complications with the health and beauty of your smile. If you would like to learn more about repairing your smile and improving balance and beauty, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.