We understand that most people are not going to look forward to having dental surgery. Even if you don’t normally have anxiety about routine oral care, you might have some with these procedures.
Nevertheless, there are multiple reasons oral surgery may be good for your long-term health. If you do need surgery, you are in good hands at Drew Family Dentistry in Bend, OR. Dr. Blake Drew has a passion for complex restorative care, and he has devoted many hours of continuing education to keep up with advances in dental techniques and technology. We also offer dental sedation to keep you calm and pain-free.
If you think you may need dental surgery for any reason, call 541-668-8070 to discover what we can do.
1. Taking Out Severely Damaged or Infected Tooth
We prefer to save teeth whenever possible. Often a dental crown or a root canal procedure can preserve much of the tooth and restore its function. When the damage is too great, the tooth cannot support a crown. In those situations, removing the tooth and replacing it is your best option.
2. Removing Impacted Teeth
Impacted teeth are not able to erupt fully. They may break the surface of the gums (partially impacted) or remain below the gumline (fully impacted). This is common with wisdom teeth, but other teeth can be impacted as well. If they aren’t removed, they can put pressure on existing teeth and increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other painful problems.
3. Reinforcing Jawbones
This procedure can accompany tooth removal. When a tooth is taken out, it leaves a hole where the root of the tooth once was. This procedure fills that hole, which can preserve more of the bone in the jaw. This makes it easier to place dental implants later.
4. Building Up Your Upper Jaw
Just as people have ears and noses that are different sizes, sinuses can be different shapes as well. If you are planning to get implants in your upper jaw, sometimes it’s necessary to add bone tissue to secure the implant. We do this with a sinus lift.
5. Rebuilding Your Jaw
If you lose teeth and have them removed, this can lead to bone loss as well. Traditional dentures won’t prevent this kind of loss, either. The problem is this can affect the shape of your face, and it may leave you with a jaw that has too little mass to support implants. A bone graft is how we can rebuild the jaw, so you can get an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
6. Treating The Effects of Gum Recession
Gum disease can take a toll on your gums. When gum surgery is needed, the can affect the amount of periodontal tissue you have to protect the roots of your teeth. A gum graft is a way to transplant gum tissue to restore your gumline.
If you or someone you love could benefit from any of our surgical treatments, please contact us online or call 541-668-8070. Request a consultation, so you can regain your oral health at Drew Family Dentistry.