Unlike traditional surgery, oral surgery rarely requires a hospital stay. In fact, many procedures performed in our dental offices including tooth removal, wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, and bone grafting are considered oral surgery, and they require little more than a local anesthetic (numbing shot) and some over-the-counter pain medication.
While permanent teeth were meant to be just that, most of us will need one or more teeth pulled during our lifetime. There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed including trauma, severe decay or infection, and crowding (a lack of space in your mouth for all of your teeth). Regardless of why you need to have a tooth pulled, there’s nothing to fear from this common and routine dental procedure. And once your tooth has been removed, Western Dental provides a variety of tooth replacement options.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common reasons for tooth removal for teens and young adults. Because they’re the last permanent teeth to come in, wisdom teeth often lack the room they need and tend to push into other teeth, which can cause tooth damage and pain.
The oral surgeons at Western Dental can use X-rays to determine if you or your teen needs to have wisdom teeth removed before they cause any pain or damage.
Dental implants are small screw-like posts that are attached to your jawbone and used to secure an artificial tooth. They’re designed to last a lifetime and are typically made of lightweight titanium or titanium alloys. Dental implants are also exceptionally stable and durable because they become fused to your bone over time.
In many instances, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. Best of all, the dental implant procedure can be performed right in a Western Dental office, and in some cases, an implant can be placed the same day a tooth is extracted.
Dental Bone Grafting
When you lose a tooth, it not only affects your appearance, it also impacts the bone that surrounds and supports your missing tooth. In fact, over time this supporting bone can actually begin to deteriorate and shrink.
Western Dental can perform a bone grafting procedure to prevent supporting bone loss. While it may sound pretty scary, bone grafting is routine and painless, and simply involves filling the holes in your jawbone with laboratory-processed bone material. Over time, your body fills in the area with new bone and soft tissue, which helps reattach the tooth to your jaw.
To learn more about Western Dental’s oral surgery services, please contact us to make an appointment.