Oral Surgery Blog Archives

The realm of oral surgery encompasses many different aspects of dentistry and oral health.  Many people are familiar with oral surgery through the extraction of their wisdom teeth.  While that is a very common procedure performed by oral surgeons, the scope of practice includes much more than this one category of extractions.

Oral surgery involves the treatment of both functional and esthetic dental problems in the mouth and the surrounding jaw and facial regions.  This includes the jaw joints (TemporoMandibular Joints or TMJs), and many patients who suffer from TMJ disorders or dysfunctions see an oral surgeon for diagnosis and treatment of their jaw problem.

Oral surgeons extract many teeth that have a poor or hopeless prognosis from deep decay, cracks, failed root canal treatments, or severe gum disease.  Dentists who do perform tooth extractions may refer teeth that may require a complicated extraction to an oral surgeon.

Oral surgeons have additional education and training in the treatment of medically compromised patients.  Many oral surgeons complete two or more years of medical school during their training.  When patients have complex medical histories, an oral surgeon can safely manage the entire body during any necessary dental surgery or other treatments.

Our doctors are highly skilled and compassionate in their care for our patients with oral surgery needs.

How Bone Grafts Support Dental Implants

How Bone Grafts Prepare for Dental Implants After years of having missing teeth or experiencing dental trauma, the jawbone atrophies and loses mass and density. It becomes too narrow and thin to support an implant. For patients wanting a dental implant, bone grafting becomes necessary to prepare the site for treatment.  Bone grafting helps improve

What is Alveoloplasty?

What is an Alveoloplasty?  After a tooth extraction, the socket needs time to heal. Eventually, the missing tooth must be replaced with a crown, bridge, or dental implant. Sometimes, the jawbone isn’t prepared to accept the new artificial tooth, requiring the dentist to perform an additional procedure called an alveoloplasty.  If the jawbone is uneven

Healthy Jaw Bone for Dental Implants

The Role of Bone Health & Dental Implants Suppose you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from tooth loss. You may want to replace those teeth with an implant-supported denture but have heard that decreased bone density may cause them to be unsuccessful. Don’t rule out an implant-supported denture just yet. Low bone

Mandibular Tori Removal

Everything You Need to Know About Mandibular Tori Removal Have you noticed a bony growth along the surface of your lower jaw closest to your tongue? It’s often nothing to be concerned about because it’s presumably a torus. Although these bumps, also known as dental tori, are nothing to worry about, they can interfere with

How a Frenectomy Helps a Gummy Smile

Many people focus on changing their teeth to improve their smile. However, gum tissue can impact the appearance of your smile almost as much as your teeth. Treating a gummy grin can enhance your smile, but it can also improve your overall oral health. One such procedure that creates beautiful results is a frenectomy. What

Oral Biopsy Procedure

The Role of an Oral Biopsy You may have heard of “oral biopsy” before but are unsure what it is or why you might need one. It’s a common dental procedure that tests an abnormality found in your mouth during a dental examination. This dental procedure is crucial in diagnosing oral health conditions like cancer.   

Explore implant supported dentures

Explore an Implant Supported Denture

Choosing Implant Support Denture If you have missing teeth, you may have explored dentures as an option to fill the gaps. Implant Supported Denture is a dental appliance that attaches to dental implants instead of resting on the gum tissue. Typically, the implants are placed on the lower jaw, where the dentures require additional support.

Treatment for an underbite

Treatment Options for an Underbite

Defining an Underbite An underbite is a dental condition classified as the lower jaw sticking out further than the upper jaw. It can be a genetic trait, but malformed and overcrowded teeth can also contribute to the problem. A popular question among those affected by this condition is, “how can you fix it?” There are

Signs Your Need a Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Dangers of Not Having a Wisdom Teeth Extraction

You can have between one and four wisdom teeth that may eventually require removal. They typically erupt between the ages of 17-25 and can cause significant issues if they don’t come in straight, which requires a wisdom teeth extraction. Some partially erupt through the gums, while others remain hidden beneath the tissue. But is it