Dentoalveolar surgery refers to procedures of the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth. These tissues include the jaw bone and gums. The most commonly known dentoalveolar surgery is a tooth extraction.
Treatment for Facial Trauma
Facial trauma refers to injuries to the jaw and face. These serious injuries can occur due to car accidents, falls, blows to the face, and sports accidents, among other causes.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A wisdom tooth that is deemed problematic is normally extracted to avoid any oral complications. To have a wisdom tooth removed, a small incision is made to open up the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Once the tooth is in view, it is grasped with a dental instrument, known as a forcep, and gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and surrounding ligaments. Sometimes the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces to make it easier for removal. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a wisdom tooth.
Bone grafting is the replacement or enhancement of bone around teeth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone collapses. Bone grafting is performed to reverse bone loss or enhance existing bone. The grafting material can be taken from parts of the body or from synthetic material. Bone grafting allows for proper support of dental implants or prostheses.
Surgically Assisted Orthodontics
While many orthodontic cases are straightforward, some require oral surgery for optimal success. Dr. Albadawi works with trusted local orthodontists by extracting teeth, exposing impacted teeth, and clipping the frenulum (correcting tongue or lip tie).
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure performed to release the connection of the “frenum,” a connective muscle between two tissues. There are two types of oral frenectomies that are frequently performed on both adults and children for a variety of reasons.
Oral pathology refers to diagnosing and treating diseases of the oral cavity. When a family dentist performs a comprehensive oral examination during a routine cleaning appointment, they check for unusual lesions and any possible signs of cancer. If your dentist finds anything in your mouth that does not appear normal, they may ask an oral surgeon to perform a biopsy to determine what that lesion is.
Anesthesia for Oral Surgery
Anesthesia refers to the use of medicine to induce a temporary loss of awareness and sensation. While local anesthesia eliminates painful sensations, general and IV anesthesia are useful tools in oral surgery in that they address other aspects of the procedure that patients may wish to eliminate as well, such as sounds, feelings of vibration, and stretching of the cheeks and tongue.