4 Questions to Ask an Oral Surgeon in Brooklyn, NY
Our oral surgeons at Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics are able to perform many different procedures whether they are complicated or straightforward. If you have been diagnosed with a complication, or have been told you need dental surgery, contact our clinic today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Brooklyn, NY and surrounding areas.
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We get asked quite often what are the most common surgeries we have done in the office. The top 5 most common oral surgeries we often do at Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics include:
1. Wisdom Teeth Removal (Tooth extraction)
This is by far one of the largest oral surgeries worldwide for many reasons. Whether it be a wisdom tooth that needs to be removed, or several decayed teeth, dental trauma, or gum diseases that lead to tooth extraction, many dentists will have completed many tooth extraction procedures throughout their career.
2. Dental Implants
Dental implants have been recognized as one of the most reliable and longest-lasting teeth replacement procedures available. The small threaded posts are embedded into the jaw to replace the missing teeth roots that were once there. Once the medical-grade titanium or zirconia implants are placed, and healing has been completed, they can be restored with procedures such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental crowns.
3. Bone Grafting
A bone graft may be necessary when there is significant bone loss that has occurred to the jaw. If a tooth has been removed and is missing for long periods, it can start the bone deterioration process which occurs due to not having any tooth roots available to stimulate the nerves. A bone graft is then recommended as it will restore volume and density into the jawbone so the dental implants can be attached later on.
4. Corrective Jaw Surgeries
Corrective jaw surgeries focus on the skeletal abnormalities of the jaw bone. This treatment may be recommended by our dentists to improve chewing function, address facial imbalances, or correct any misalignment found. It has also been seen that corrective jaw surgeries can ease the pain that is caused by TMJ dysfunction.
5. Periodontal Surgery
Periodontal surgery is recommended if you have moderate to severe periodontitis. During a procedure, incisions will be made along the gum line and the jaw’s tissues to temporarily move them back away from the teeth. The surgeon will then clean the teeth roots, flush away any plaque and bacteria that may have accumulated under the gums over a long period, and then reposition the gums back into place once more.
Before we can complete any oral surgery, our oral surgeons will perform a comprehensive evaluation, this is to review your gums, teeth, jaw joints, and surrounding structures. An x-ray will be completed as well as other scans to get images of your teeth roots, nerves, and jawbone as well as any other important oral landmarks. With all of this information, our oral surgeons will create an individualized treatment plan for you.
During your oral surgery, our oral surgeon will provide a sedation option depending on your allergies and other information we previously gathered for your comfort. In the outpatient procedure, and with the use of general anesthesia, the surgery can take an average of 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the severity of the surgery.
After you have completed the oral surgery, you will be provided with detailed post-surgery instructions to follow. These need to be followed closely to reduce your risk of infections, bleeding, and other complications.
Healing times to recover after any oral surgery will depend on the individual. Many of our patients have been back to normal and doing activities and work within a week of surgery. With more extensive surgery options, the recovery time frame can be doubled or longer. Our oral surgeons will be provided prescriptions for medications to keep you comfortable on your path to recovery.
If you are noticing issues with your teeth, gums, or jaw, it is best to visit our dentist in our clinic to see if the pain in the area around the face or mouth is worthy of a visit to an oral surgeon.
Our dentists will review your issue and recommend the best thing to do moving forward to take care of the pain and oral issue.
For more information, call us. We serve patients from Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, Bronx NY, Hoboken NJ, West New York, NJ and surrounding areas.