A majority of people will need at least one oral surgery in their lives, but we’ll get to that later. For your sake, we hope you never need oral surgery, yet we know it’s inevitable in for many patients.
For now, we want anyone in or around Phoenix to know that you can visit our dentist office for a range of oral surgical procedures. At Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona, we take your concerns seriously, and we will do our best to explain the procedure you may be receiving.
Today, we will be describing some of the types of oral surgery that we perform routinely in our practice.
Types Of Oral Surgery
First, we want to be clear about what oral surgery is. It is surgery performed on the oral or maxillofacial region, which includes your jaw and face.
More often than not, these kinds of surgeries are done for oral health reasons, although some procedures do have cosmetic benefits.
Now, with no further ado, here are some of the surgical procedures we could perform for you or someone who you love:
▷ Bone Grafts
A bone graft is done by transplanting bone into your mouth.
Generally, this is done when someone does not have enough bone mass to support dental implants. As you heal, your existing bone and the transplanted bone tissue will grow together to provide the support needed to secure implants in place.
The transplanted bone tissue may come from another part of your body. It’s possible to use bone from deceased individuals (just as doctor’s use organs for organ transplants). Another option is to use bone tissue from cows.
▷ Sinus Augmentation
This can be necessary to prepare your mouth for a bone graft. Sinus augmentation may be done if you don’t have enough bone mass in the upper part of your jaw.
To create room for the transplanted bone tissue, we need to move the sinus membrane. After this membrane is lifted, we can fill the space with the needed bone tissue. This will allow us to place a dental implant after you have healed.
▷ Teeth Extractions
Dentists don’t like it when our patients lose teeth, so we don’t really like it when teeth have to be removed. Nevertheless, we know that sometimes this is the best way to help you maintain your dental health for the long term.
One reason we remove teeth is when they become severely damaged due to decay, infection, or injury. Again, dentists prefer to remove the damaged or decayed parts and replace them with a dental crown. In the case of an infected tooth, a root canal treatment may be the recommendation.
If the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction may be needed to prevent further infections.
Another reason we remove teeth is in preparation for orthodontic care. If a patient still has some primary teeth, it may be necessary to remove them to make room for the permanent teeth to erupt correctly.
In other cases, removing a tooth or two can make the orthodontic treatment run much more smoothly.
One of the most common extractions, however, is wisdom teeth removal. By some estimates, 8 in 10 people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Many times this is because wisdom teeth do not erupt correctly and become impacted. This can increase your risk for gum disease, or it could lead to misalignment problems as the wisdom teeth force their way into your mouth.
▷ Ridge Augmentation
This may be a complementary procedure that goes along with a tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed, it can leave a divot in your gumline. If you are planning to replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant, this procedure will maintain the bone mass needed.
If you have been told or you suspect that you may need any kind of oral surgery, we offer free consultations in our office.
Dr. Komarnyckyj has been practicing for more than 30 years, and he will put his knowledge and experience to work on your behalf.
He has lived in Arizona since he was 8 years old and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He completed dental school at Indiana University and attained a certificate in periodontology at the University of Southern California.
Since going to work as a professional, he has continued to improve his knowledge through continuing education. This allows him to provide the best possible care for patients like you.
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