Oral Surgery in Scottsdale, AZSometimes different dental and oral health conditions require oral surgery. Toothology proudly offers general oral surgery procedures to patients in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. One of the more common types of oral surgeries is a tooth extraction — which can be performed on a fully developed tooth as well as one that is impacted. Our oral surgical procedures are done in-office and are affordable.
A tooth extraction is recommended when there is a risk of bacteria from an infected tooth spreading and affecting other nearby teeth. The tooth extraction procedure, itself, removes or pulls out the tooth from its dental socket.
During a simple extraction, we will use an elevator to loosen the tooth and a forceps to remove it. Local anesthesia is used to limit pain and discomfort.
Swelling and bleeding can last a day or two following the tooth extraction. Healing can take two to four weeks.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions are required when the third molars do not have enough room to fully erupt. If the teeth are not removed problems like infection, inflammation, and pain can occur. Toothology recommends removing problem wisdom teeth as soon as possible. Our office has IV sedation available at an extra fee.
For the procedure, the type of surgery depends on the state of the wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth requires more intricate surgery to fully expose the tooth and remove it. Stitches are then used to close up the area.
As with any other extracted tooth, swelling and bleeding can last a day or two following the procedure. Healing can take two to four weeks.
If you are missing one or more missing teeth, you may need a dental implant or implants to keep prosthetic teeth securely in place.
The dental implant procedure is a type of oral surgery that replaces the tooth roots with metal posts, and replaces the missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function just like natural ones.
Dental implants are an ideal alternative to dentures — which can be uncomfortable.
The type of implant you choose, along with the condition of your jawbone, will dictate how the dental implant surgery is performed. Some placements may involve several procedures over the course of many months.
For some patients, bone grafting is necessary to fill areas where there has been significant bone loss.
Bone loss happens for a different reasons — including extractions and periodontal disease. But in the end, the result can give patients’ faces a “sunken-in” appearance. Bone loss also means certain dental procedures have a high failure rate.
During the bone grafting procedure at Toothology, special bonding agents are used to properly mend and seal the bones into place. You can expect the bone grafting to heal in a few short weeks.
Soft tissue grafting helps restore gum tissue in areas where the gums are receding.
Gum recession means that the tissue around the teeth have pulled away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. Ultimately, too much recession can cause damage to supporting bone.
Gum recession affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.
Gum graft oral surgery covers exposed roots and/or enhances gum tissue where it has receded. During the procedure, we will take gum tissue from your palate to cover the root. This can be done for one or more teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
Oral Surgeon vs. General Dentist
Understanding the differences between general dentists and oral surgeons can help you make an informed choice for dental care.
General dentists are primary care providers for dental health and medicine. We are a general dentist practice at Toothology. That means, here, you will receive teeth cleaning, comprehensive screening, dental filling, root canals, veneers, bridges and crowns. We also perform simple oral surgeries – such as tooth extractions, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, and grafting procedures. For more complex surgeries, we will refer patients to a reputable oral surgeon who specializes in the complexities of advanced surgical procedures.
Schedule an Oral Surgery Consultation
Before any type of oral surgery, we will also schedule a consultation first. This will involve x-rays and other images which will help use devise a planned treatment protocol. This is also the perfect time for you to ask questions. We will make every effort to give you the information you need and to put your mind at ease.
If you think you may need oral surgery or want to know more about the procedures we have available, call Toothology today at: (480) 645-9435!