Oral surgery is typically defined as any procedure that involves surgery to the gums, jaw, and support structures of your teeth. While treatments like a filling or a dental crown are technically a type of “surgery,” they are not usually referred to as surgical treatments.
Compared to treatments that only involve your teeth, oral surgeries are more invasive, and are typically administered under both local numbing and dental sedation with laughing gas or other drugs. Oral surgeries may be required to extract damaged teeth, repair your jaw or gums, or modify or remove tissues in your mouth before other treatments are provided by a dentist.
At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Kory Kirgegaard uses the latest imaging technology and surgical tools to provide excellent service. Learn more about minimally-invasive oral surgery now, or contact us for a consultation.
You can lose as much as 25% of your jaw bone 1 year after losing a tooth. This may require you to get a bone graft before getting a dental implant
Oral surgeries are usually only needed for major oral health issues, like serious damage to your jaw, or major deterioration of your jaw bone after tooth loss or gum disease.
If you’ve lost a tooth, oral surgery may be used to replace your tooth and to prepare the area before a treatment like a dental implant. A bone graft, for example, may be used to strengthen your jaw bone before an implant is placed.
Treatments like alveoloplasty may be used to remove ridges on your jaw before implants or dentures are placed. Tori removal is also commonly used to prepare for the placement of dentures.
In general, non-surgical treatments are preferred to treat major oral health issues like infected teeth, when possible. If these options are exhausted, oral surgery is usually recommended
Bone grafting is done to prepare your jaw bone for the placement of a dental implant. This is necessary after bone loss due to gum disease or tooth loss has affected your jaw. In this surgery, Dr. Kirkegaard will make an incision into your gums and jaw, and place a special bone powder in the treatment area. Over time, natural bone will heal over this powder to strengthen the jaw sufficiently for an implant.
Tori are bony growths in the upper or lower palate that are harmless, but can interfere with the proper fit of dentures. If you have dental tori and wish to replace your missing teeth with dentures, they may need to be surgically removed by Dr. Kirkegaard.
Dental implants are the most long-lasting and secure tooth replacement option for patients today. They are comprised of two main parts. The dental implant, or post, is a screw-shaped rod of titanium. The restoration for a single implant is usually a dental crown.
During the placement procedure, the post is permanently placed into your gum and jaw during oral surgery. The site is given significant time to heal as the titanium post osseointegrates with your jaw bone. During healing, a dental crown is manufactured and will eventually be attached to the post with an “abutment.” This dental crown restores the shape, appearance, and function of your natural tooth.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
If you’re interested in dental implants as an option to replace your missing teeth, the first step is to get a consultation from your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your mouth and determine the state of your oral health, the health of your jaw and gums, and whether implants are right for you. They can also help guide you on alternative treatment options if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.
Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.
Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.
As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.