Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Even with excellent oral care, maintaining a healthy, functional mouth may require the occasional dental procedure. In some cases, oral and maxillofacial surgery can be a necessary element of certain treatments, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and grafting. Our board certified surgeons combine extensive training, advanced techniques, and state-of-the-art technology, including 3D digital imaging, to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. To further enhance your comfort, your dentist offers patient amenities and sedation dentistry options, including Nitrous Oxide, Oral Conscious Sedation, Intravenous Sedation, and General Anesthesia to make your time with us as pleasant as possible.
The following oral and maxillofacial surgery treatments are provided by our board certified specialists:
- Sedation consultation and needs assessment
- General Anesthesia, Intravenous Sedation, Oral Conscious Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide
- Placement of dental implants
- Wisdom teeth assessment and treatment
- TMJ/facial pain consultation
- Diagnosis and treatment of oral lesions and pathology
- Reconstructive and orthognathic jaw surgery
- Hospital and emergency care
If oral and maxillofacial surgery is part of your treatment plan and you would like to know more, contact our office today. We can answer your questions and assist you with scheduling a consultation.
A tooth or multiple teeth may be removed for any number of reasons, such as significant damage or decay, overcrowding, or infection. In the event a tooth must be removed, our surgeons will numb the area and carefully remove the tooth. To enhance your experience and results, we may utilize innovative 3D digital imaging for this procedure. As with every treatment, we will employ the method that optimizes your comfort and outcome. We offer a number of leading options to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, fixed dental bridges, and removable partial dentures.
Wisdom teeth, which typically erupt in late adolescence, are the four molars (two upper and two lower) located in the back of the mouth. While most individuals have all four, some people naturally have only two wisdom teeth and some have none. While not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, removing them can address a number of common concerns. Impacted wisdom teeth (when they erupt at an angle rather than straight up or become stuck in the gum tissue) can cause infection and significant discomfort. In the event there is not enough room in the mouth for the teeth to fit comfortably, bite problems and pain can occur. At Scripps Center for Dental Care, our team treats each person with the personal attention they deserve. We also offer special summer availability for teens seeking this important treatment over school break. We recognize that every case is unique, and we will utilize the most effective and safest techniques available for your needs.
Dental implants are widely considered the ideal restorative procedure for missing teeth, and this treatment requires you to have adequate oral structures to be effective. In preparation for placement of dental implants (as well as bridges and crowns), our board certified specialists may need to perform grafting to idealize the clinical foundation in order to provide the most predictable long term results for the final restoration. This technique can involve placement of a graft material, hard or soft tissue, or a membrane in the area to rebuild the jaw and to assist your oral structures in regenerating needed tissue. There are several options in grafting materials and techniques and our surgeons will explain the options and answer all your questions during consultation. Due to advances in surgical techniques, you should be able to return home the same day as the procedure. Additionally, most patients experience minimal downtime and discomfort, and we are dedicated to making this process as quick and painless as possible.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery also encompasses hard and soft tissue pathology, which refers to diseases of the mouth. When oral pathology presents from symptoms reported by a patient or presents upon clinical examination, our multi specialty team will work with our patients and sometimes their primary care medical physician to build a list of possible concerns, called a differential diagnosis. Given the differential diagnosis, some oral pathologies must be biopsied either to confirm a particular diagnosis or rule out diagnosis. Once affirmative diagnosis has been established, our board certified specialists will work with you to resolve the pathology. Our practice is equipped with advanced technology including 3D digital imaging that allows us to view the areas of concern with detail and to perform conservative treatment with precision producing the best long term predictability.
“Teeth in a Day” (All-on-4®)
With this advanced technique, dental implants can be placed in a single session while you rest comfortably under the care of our skilled dental team. This virtually painless procedure offers beautiful, long-lasting results without the slippage and discomfort associated with dentures.
We are committed to providing the very best dental care. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.