06 Sep Common Oral Surgery Procedures Offered By Our Oral Surgeons
An oral surgeon is a specialist who performs a multitude of treatments that affect the entire oral health system and lower part of the face. Common procedures and services offered include the placement of dental implants, oral pathology, tooth extractions, and reconstructive or corrective oral surgery to address developmental abnormalities and facial trauma. Following is some helpful information on our services.
Placing Dental Implants
An oral surgeon has advanced education and training to place dental implants for those suffering from tooth loss. A dental implant is a biocompatible prosthetic made from titanium that replaces the root systems of teeth and supports prosthetics like dental bridges or crowns. Dental implants prevent bone from deteriorating while also assisting in the restoration of oral function and improving one’s appearance. In some cases, patients may require preliminary treatments such as bone grafting prior to implantation. After an oral examination, our oral surgeon will be able to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and if you require preliminary treatments.
The oral cavity is home to living tissue that can develop abnormalities such as cysts, tumors, and cancerous lesions—especially along the mucosal structures that make up the linings of the cheeks, lips, and palate. If your dentist suspects that you might have developed abnormalities that might be malignant, he or she will likely refer you to our practice for a biopsy. A biopsy is a minor oral surgery that involves removing tissue for lab evaluation. After the lab results are sent back, patients will return for our office for their results and a consultation on what steps are needed to be taken (if necessary) next.
Teeth might need to be removed for a number of reasons. Sometimes, dental injuries or disease can harm a tooth beyond repair. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed because retaining them is problematic to oral health. Tooth extractions are one of the most common reasons patients visit our practice.
Corrective and Reconstructive Surgeries
Corrective and reconstructive facial surgeries can address bone and joint (TMJ) abnormalities as well as repair tissue affected by facial trauma. Procedures of this nature are highly individualized to the unique needs of a patient.
Call us today at Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule a consultation with our skilled and caring team.