Surgery is scary for a lot of people, and few medical procedures sound scarier than oral surgery. After all, our mouths are vital to our overall health.
Perhaps equally important, our smiles are a big part of how we express ourselves to the rest of the world. Operating on or around your mouth could change that smile.
If you ever do need oral surgery, then we encourage you to visit our dentist office in Marietta, GA. Our team at Atlanta West Dentistry believes you deserve knowledge dental care in a comfortable and caring setting.
Before we begin any oral surgery, we want to make your experience as painless as possible. This is why we offer three kinds of dental sedation in our office.
Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are options for some procedures, but we also have training individuals who can administer IV sedation for more complex procedures.
Rest assured that we are more than capable of solving your problems.
By definition, oral surgery is the area of dentistry that deals with surgical treatments for problems in the mouth or jaw.
This can include a range of procedures. We will describe some of them below, starting with one of the most familiar procedures.
◼︎ Teeth Extractions — Once upon a time, people may have referred to this as pulling teeth. Today, it’s a little more sophisticated procedure.
One of the most common teeth extractions we do is wisdom teeth removal. By some estimates, 85 percent of people will have their wisdom teeth extracted.
Paleontologists have compared modern humans with our ancestors and learned that on average we have smaller jaws than our ancestors. This means most of us don’t have enough space for our wisdom teeth to erupt correctly.
This can cause your wisdom teeth to become impacted, which can lead to oral health and alignment problems. By removing your wisdom teeth, you can avoid a lifetime of oral health concerns.
◼︎ Bone Grafts — When you lose teeth, you risk losing bone mass in your jawbone as well. This occurs gradually, but it can affect what kinds of restorative dental care we may be able to provide.
After years of wearing dentures, you may decide that you would prefer implant-supported dentures. That’s fine as long as you have enough bone density to support the implants.
If not, then you may need a bone graft first. A bone graft is done by transplanting bone into your jaw where you have too little bone mass to secure your implants.
As your jaw heals the transplanted bone with fuse with your existing bone. This will allow us to place your dental implants to support your new dentures.
◼︎ Frenectomies — The frenulum is a small piece of tissue that limits movement of certain body parts. You have a frenulum in between your gums and upper lip. You also have frenulum between your tongue and the bottom of your mouth.
If the frenulum severely limits the movement of your upper lip or tongue, this would meet the medical definition of being lip-tied or tongue-tied. With a frenectomy, we can allow you greater freedom of movement.
◼︎ Brush Biopsies — No one likes to think about oral cancer, but it kills roughly one person every hour in the United States. Modern cancer treatments allow many people to beat this deadly disease, but early detection makes your treatment more likely to be effective.
One way to determine if you may have oral cancer is with a brush biopsy. This is done by using a special brush that allows us to remove a tissue sample from your mouth.
The tissue can be tested to determine if it may be precancerous or cancerous. No matter what the results, this is a case where knowing is important.
◼︎ Alveoplasties — This procedure is done to reshape a patient’s jawbone.
This procedure may be done as part of a tooth extraction. This may be done to contour the bone. This may be done to improve the success of implantation.
If you should need oral surgery, the team at Atlanta West Dentistry is here to do everything we can to make your experience as smooth as it can be. We will try to make you as comfortable as possible, and we will answer any questions you have before and after the procedure.
Just call (770) 635-5336 or fill out our online form to learn more or to make an appointment at our dentist office in Marietta, GA.
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