There are a number of dental issues that require oral surgery. Many general dentists refer their patients to an oral surgeon in another office, and that can be time consuming and even expensive if the specialist requires new X-rays or extra consultations. When you come to Walton Center for Family Dentistry, you don’t have to worry about that happening.
We offer everything from general dentistry to oral surgery. Rather than sending you to another office, we take care of everything in-house. Here’s just a few of the oral surgeries available in our clinic.
In some cases, it’s not possible to save a tooth, and in those situations, our dental surgeon can extract the tooth. In other cases, patients choose this option because extractions tend to be less expensive than root canals. We also offer extractions for wisdom teeth and impacted teeth.
When part of the jaw doesn’t develop correctly, that can cause issues with eating, speaking, and even breathing. It also causes your teeth to be misaligned which can increase the risk of cavities as the teeth rub against each other. Braces can sometimes remedy this issue, but some patients need an oral surgery to balance their jaw bones. This generally involves removing part of the jaw bone.
In rare cases, an oral surgeon can even add bone to the jaw. For instance, if a patient’s jaw bone has deteriorated and their dentures don’t fit anymore, the surgeon can do a bone graft to add bone to that area. There are also oral surgeries for severe cases of TMJ.
If you have a missing tooth, dental implants are a popular solution. In this cosmetic dental surgery, a titanium or zirconium rod is implanted into your jaw bone, and then a fake ceramic tooth is placed on top of the rod. For patients with multiple missing teeth in the same arch, a bridge can be attached to implants on either side of the area. These teeth can last a lifetime because they aren’t real, so they can’t rot or decay.
We also offer diagnosis and treatments for a number of oral pathology issues. This can include removing lesions and biopsies as well as other types of dental surgery. Generally, a biopsy starts with a topical anesthesia such as Novocaine. Then, the dental surgeon removes a bit of tissue or bone. Depending on the amount of tissue removed, you may need stitches after the removal. The sample is sent to a laboratory where it is examined, and based on that diagnosis, the oral surgeon helps you decide on a treatment plan.
Oral Surgery in Loganville, GA
When it comes to oral surgery, we want to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. We offer topical anesthesia, but if you want additional relief, you can opt for nitrous oxide. This helps to keep you relaxed through the process, and once the surgery is done, the nitrous oxide is out of your system immediately so it’s possible to drive home. We also offer sedation dentistry for more involved dental work or patients with higher anxiety levels.
If you need dental surgery or just general dental care, contact Walton Center for Family Dentistry today. In addition to oral surgeries, we offer a variety of services including dentures, crowns, veneers, and root canal therapy. We would love to help you.