Many standard dental procedures performed in our office are classified as oral surgery. Oral surgery can include tooth extractions, frenectomy, bone grafting, crown lengthening and dental implants.
Tooth extractions are the most recognized form of oral surgery. Tooth extraction surgery can include removing impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth, and extracting teeth that cannot be repaired. Tooth extraction are also performed in orthodontic treatment plans that may require the removal of some teeth to reduce crowding, or aide in permanent teeth growth.
Wisdom teeth, known as third molars, come in last, and often when they grow in there is not enough room for them. If there is not enough space, some wisdom teeth may become impacted, or grow in at an incorrect angles. Wisdom teeth that are unable to grow in correctly, may lead to other issues such as damaging nearby teeth, damage to the jawbone, infection, and even tooth decay. Dr. Hatch may recommend removing wisdom teeth to avoid or treat serious health concerns.
For those who are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant treatment may be recommended to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are typically composed of a titanium screw, and a crown, dental bridge, or a complete or partial denture. Dental implants are lasting, stable solutions that heal to form with your bone and jaw. Dental implants are custom designed to look natural and blend in with your smile. A dental implant can restore your smile to a healthy, beautiful, and optimal smile for years to come.
A bone graft procedure may be required for some dental procedures like dental implants to produce optimal results. Dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. If there is not enough healthy bone, then we recommend one of the following bone graft procedures: For some patients, there is not enough bone, and a bone graft is required.
- Autograft: When healthy bone is taken from different locations on your body.
- Allograft: Healthy bone is donated from a donor.
- Xenograft: Healthy bone is taken from a genetically dissimilar organism such as a pig or a baboon.
- Synthetic: Bone is made from a bio-compatible material in a lab.
Although it sounds complicated, a bone graft procedure is a fairly simple process. First, an incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone, then the grafting material is attached to the bone, and finally, the gum tissue is sutured. The recovery process for a bone graft procedure can take up to 9 months, for the graft material to harden and fuse with the existing bone. The graft material needs to fuse with the bone before additional procedures like dental implants begin.
If a bone graft procedure is recommended as part of your dental treatment, local anesthetic is used to eliminate the pain and discomfort. Sedation dentistry is also available to eliminate anxiety.
A frenectomy is a simple oral surgical procedure that involves the removal of a frenum or both frena from the mouth. The frenum is a connective tissue membrane that attaches two surfaces in the mouth together. We recommend this type of surgery if the frenum is causing discomfort, difficulty with eating or speaking, or interferes with the proper growth of teeth
If your smile is described as a gummy smile, or your teeth are short, a procedure called Dental crown lengthening may be right for you. Dental crown lengthening is an oral procedure where the excessive gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth or the crown of the tooth. Crown lengthening can be done on one tooth, or to several teeth to create a more balanced, appealing smile. In some cases, crown lengthening is recommended before restorative or cosmetic dental procedures to expose more of the tooth for optimal results.