When you have a concern too severe to be treated with a filling or crown, then you may benefit from oral surgery. Our team can offer advanced treatment options to address tooth loss or rebuild weakened smiles. In today’s blog, your Cerritos, CA, dental team talks about our approach to oral surgery, which can offer you an attractive, healthy, and functional smile again.
When you see us for oral surgery, our team will take a close look at your smile. To make a diagnosis with precision and plan the treatment in detail, we will employ digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to carefully examine the factors behind your concern, and to assess the overall severity. From there, we create a personalized treatment plan to address the issue you’re seeing us for, so we can offer results that ensure proper bite function, better oral health, and of course, an attractive smile.
We want your oral surgery to be comfortable, so you enjoy a positive experience in our office. In addition to local anesthesia to the areas being treated, we can also administer dental sedation, in the form of nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. The option we choose for you will depend on numerous factors, such as your weight, age, medical history, and anxiety levels. The medication helps you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. Our team will also provide instructions for proper aftercare, and prescriptions for medication to help facilitate a complication free healing period.
When you have a serious gum recession due to periodontal issues, you need an oral surgical procedure known as gum grafting. The procedure involves our team covering the exposed portions of the lower tooth structure and roots with new tissues. These then prevent the onset of cavities and infection in the portions of the teeth, and they also allow healthy tissues to adhere to the teeth and reduce periodontal pocket depth. Your disease can then be managed moving forward with a preventive approach. We also take time to ensure proper symmetry in the gum line.
Oral surgery could also be used to repair the weakened portions of your smile following tooth loss. When we lose our teeth, the body will stop sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the portions around the lost root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down, which creates further tooth loss and an aged appearance. But with bone grafting, we will apply tissue taken from the rear of your jaw, your hip, or your new, or from synthetic sources, to the jaw. The new structures bond with the jaw and provide a matrix to support new tissue growth. Your smile regains its youthful features, and you can now support dental implants to address the lost teeth!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Oral surgery may be recommended if you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt. These additional molars arrive in the rear of your mouth, and their arrival could mean misalignment, infection, damaged teeth, and painful partial eruptions known as impactions. To avoid these and protect your smile, our team could conduct a wisdom tooth extraction, gently removing them from your smile gently.
Dental Implant Placement
What if you have missing teeth? Whether you’re missing one tooth or have lost most or all of them, we can help with oral surgery. Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that involves inserting a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as a new root. We then attach an abutment to them that extends above the gum line. Our team can then attach a custom crown to complete a single missing tooth. We could use several to support a bridge or even a full set of dental implant dentures. These will have the ability to last decades or even a lifetime with proper care and attention, and you care for them as you would natural teeth.
If you have issues with your smile, including damaged or missing teeth, weakened jawbones, receding gums, or other serious concerns, we can help restore the health and beauty of your smile. Everyone deserves good oral health and a smile that looks great too!
Ready for Oral Surgery
Oral surgery can provide the extensive and advanced treatment you need to enjoy a full and healthy smile again. Call your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office at (562)584-4082 to learn which procedure is right for you. With oral surgery, we have the ability to tackle serious issues and help you smile with confidence, and ensure treatment continues with your general dentist or orthodontist as necessary.