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Oral Surgery

A t Avason Family Dentistry, Oral and maxillofacial surgery from dental implant surgery, wisdom tooth removal, and replacement surgery. Plus patient screening procedures, assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse. The first time many people interact with an OMS is to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the scope of what an OMS does is much broader than tooth extractions. A number of conditions may require oral surgery, including:

  • Impacted Teeth Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes these teeth emerge from the gum line and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but most of the time, this is not the case. More often, one or more of these third molars fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum line and becomes entrapped or "impacted" between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, dentists recommend people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
  • Tooth Loss Dental implants are an option for tooth loss due to an accident or infection or as an alternative to bridges and dentures. The implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically anchored in place in the jawbone and act to stabilize the artificial teeth to which they are attached. Suitable candidates for dental implants need to have an adequate bone level and density, must not be prone to infection, and must be willing to maintain good oral hygiene practices.
  • Improve fit of dentures. For first-time denture wearers, oral surgery can be done to correct any irregularities of the jaws prior to creating the dentures to ensure a better fit. Oral surgery can also help long-term denture wearers. Supporting bone often deteriorates over time, resulting in dentures that no longer fit properly. In severe cases, an oral surgeon can add a bone graft to areas where little bone remains.
  • Oral Surgery (Implant)

    There are now more options to replace missing teeth and one that is gaining in popularity and use is the dental implant. If you are thinking about getting a dental implant, or perhaps you've already made the decision to have one placed, oral surgery is a large part of this process. To many it is just the thought of having an implant surgically placed in their mouth can be very intimidating and scary, but it doesn't have to be that way. At Avason Family Dentistry our process is to educate every patient to eliminate or reduce the stress associated with dental procedures.

    Initial Consultation

    The very first thing you will need to do is meet with us for an initial consultation. During this appointment, they will do a comprehensive dental exam, take an X-ray of your mouth. After this, your dentist will talk with you about the recommended treatment plan, going over the steps of the procedure, the timeframe for everything, and what to do during recovery.

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