Oral Surgery Cedar Park, TX
It’s not unusual to need oral surgery at least once or twice. Most people at least need wisdom teeth removed. At Advanced Family Dentistry we offer a variety or oral and maxillofacial surgery options that ultimately help our patients to live a life free of painful or bothersome oral health issues. Dr. Largent is our resident oral surgeon. He has dual degrees in the practice of oral surgery. Our highly skilled and experienced staff are eager to make your oral surgery as quick, easy and comfortable as possible.
Oral surgery is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of congenital or acquired diseases, dysfunction, defects or injuries of the mouth, jaw, face, neck and associated regions. We offer a comprehensive range of oral surgery procedures and always make sure that our patients understand the procedures in full. We also make the comfort and safety of our patients our top priority in these procedures.
Some cases in which oral surgery is appropriate include:
|•||When teeth are lost|
|•||Oral cancer exams and biopsies|
Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth are typically the third molars within the mouth. Not everyone has them and some people even have a fourth set of molars. Usually the angle at which wisdom teeth are set to enter the jaw will not work. Even if the angle works often there simply isn’t enough space in the mouth to accommodate them. In these cases, we will perform a routine surgery to remove the molars.
As with any surgery our goal is your comfort. We have a variety of sedation options that will allow you to relax and rest while the procedure takes place. We will make an incision to remove the molars, and once extracted, we will suture the sites closed.
After the procedure is through make sure not to use straws and, if you are a smoker, refrain from smoking. Sucking with your mouth can cause a condition known as “dry socket”, where air is allowed under the healing tissue. This can result in an infection.
Facial and Oral TraumaFacial trauma often results in the need for oral surgery. When the jaw or teeth are affected even by a small degree the ramifications to the patient can be intense. Your bite can be affected even by a small piece of food, think about the last time you got a popcorn kernel stuck in your teeth. When teeth get knocked out or chipped the result can often be jaw pain or fatigue. We can use oral surgery to correct a number of trauma related issues.
Dental ImplantsDental implants are the perfect solution to lost or extracted teeth. They mimic real teeth in almost every way, not only giving you your ability to eat and talk back, but preventing bone loss in the jaw the same way a natural tooth would.
Dental implants consist of three parts: post, abutment, and crown. The first step in the procedure is to make certain your jaw has enough existing bone structure to support an implant. If the bone structure is lacking we can perform a bone graft which will ensure that there is enough to support an implant. When you jaw is ready to receive the implant we place a titanium post into your jaw. This acts the same way the root of the tooth might, giving support to the crown of the tooth. The post is allowed to heal for several months before we place the abutment and crown on top.
Bone GraftsAs mentioned above, bone grafts are often required for a number of different dental procedures to take place if the patient has been missing teeth for a time. When teeth are lost and not replaced with an implant the bone stops receiving feedback. Without feedback eventually the bone begins to recede. This is why the loss of one tooth can often lead to the loss of more teeth. We have the ability to add bone to parts of your jaw that are lacking.
Oral CancerOral cancer issues are often caught in regular X-rays or during bi-annual cleanings and exams. This is one of the reasons we are so adamant about our patients coming in twice a year to see us. Many times we catch things like oral cancer while they are still in the early, easy to treat stages. Tumors and cysts can often be removed with oral surgery.
Your Comfort Comes FirstIt’s not news to us that people are sometimes nervous about trips to the dentist or having their mouth worked on. Surgery can also be a point of anxiety for many. At Hughes Dental Group we make your comfort our first priority. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that from the moment you walk into our office you are treated with kind and professional care that will leave you feeling confident.
We offer conscious sedation to ensure that any lingering anxiety melts away before the procedure begins. For less invasive procedures we have the option of using nitrous oxide, which has a calming effect. If you experience anxiety at the thought of dental procedures, please let us know. We can go over your options and how they might affect you.
Preparing for SurgeryWe will prepare for surgery by requesting a list of any medications you are taking and allergies that you are aware of. We will give you special instructions that will allow you to prepare for surgery.
Please call our office today at (512) 643-6060 to schedule your no obligation consultation.