Oral surgery is any procedure that includes cutting into or removing tissue from your mouth. It includes procedures that range from removing a tooth to gum surgery. Our staff is trained to assist with intravenous sedation and general anesthesia within our office setting.
Complex tooth removal
The surgical tooth extraction procedure is more complex than a routine extraction and may involve: cutting the gum to enable access to the tooth, removing some of the bone that holds it in place, cutting the tooth into pieces and removing the pieces separately. Some general dentists are proficient at performing surgical extraction procedures, whereas others may prefer to refer you to a specialist oral surgeon.
A biopsy is a simple surgery that removes a sample of gum tissue, tooth, or jaw from the body for a pathologist to examine under a microscope, to determine if it is cancerous. The goal is to find the source of an abnormality or lesion, which may be caused by illness or injury. The lesion may be in the area of soft tissue or bone that looks abnormal. This can be a lump or a patch of skin that has a different color or texture. There are two types of biopsies: incisional and excisional. An incisional biopsy removes a piece of tissue from the lesion for a sample, while an excisional biopsy removes the entire lesion altogether.
Wisdom teeth extraction
The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and are located in the very back of you mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth – one in each corner. As wisdom teeth struggle to find room to grow in a crowded mouth, these teeth may grow in sideways, partially emerge, or even remain trapped under the gums. When wisdom teeth are partially or completely trapped in the gums, they are called impacted. While wisdom teeth can cause obvious issues such as misaligned and crowded teeth, impacted wisdom teeth may cause many unseen and serious problems, such as jaw and nerve damage. Removing wisdom teeth can not only resolve current problems with overcrowding and misalignment, but can also help prevent more serious issues such as infection, decay, and jaw and nerve damage. With our experienced and skilled oral surgeons, your wisdom teeth can be removed easily and safely.
Tori are excess bone that develops either in the upper or lower jaw. When present in the roof of the mouth (palate), the condition is referred to as torus palatinus. When present in the lower jaw, it is called torus mandibularis. Tori may develop due to genetic or environmental influences such as local irritation, grinding your teeth (bruxism), or misaligned teeth causing an uneven bite (malocclusion). In most cases tori are benign and do not require treatment. However, tori will need to be surgically removed to accommodate upper or lower dentures and upper or lower partial dentures. Tori may also be removed to aid in minimizing food impaction under the excess bone, which will promote improved home care. In certain cases tori may contribute to plaque accumulation and periodontal pockets, and therefore will require removal to improve oral hygiene by allowing better angulation of the toothbrush. Once tori are removed, recurrence is rare. In situations where tori do reappear, regrowth is typically very slow.
Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
Please, contact any of our office to get more information and schedule the appointment.