The term “oral surgery” may sound intimidating, but such procedures are often necessary to correct and prevent dental problems — and they are often much easier and more comfortable than patients expect. At Family Dental Practice of Newington, we are able to perform a number of oral surgery services in-house. We do so with gentleness and a high priority on patient comfort. This page explains more about our oral surgery services and what you can expect from them.
The oral surgery process generally involves the following steps:
We make every effort to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some cases, however, that simply is not possible. We may have to extract one or more teeth due to extensive decay, gum disease, overcrowding, or other factors. During an extraction, we numb the area around the tooth and use gentle force to break the ligaments that hold it in place. Some time after we take the tooth out, we might be able to replace it with a fixed bridge or dental implant.
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars at the back of the mouth. In some cases, they may contribute to infection, dental misalignment, and other complications, which is why many of our patients choose to have them removed. During wisdom teeth extractions, we may have to create incisions in the gums and/or break the teeth into pieces in order to remove them with as little damage to the surrounding tissue as possible. Most patients are able to resume their normal routine within a week to 10 days following this type of oral surgery.
Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. One of the reasons why they are so effective is that they replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. In order to replace a tooth root, a small titanium must be inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. Many practices in our area have to refer patients to an outside specialist for this part of the dental implant procedure. However, we are able to perform the placement surgery right here at Family Dental Practice of Newington.
Do you believe you could benefit from our team’s oral surgery services? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.