While it is always the goal of our dentists to save your teeth and restore them to good as new, sometimes surgery and extraction are the best course of action for your oral health. While that may sound intimidating, there is no need to worry if your dentist encourages you to have a surgical procedure done. Oral surgery can range anywhere from simple tooth extractions to bone grafting and everything in between. Certified dentists are permitted to extract teeth but not always in every circumstance. At Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants we have both dentists and Dr. Derik Hoerner, as an oral surgeon. So no matter what dental needs any of our patients have, we have the knowledge and resources to help.
Types of Oral Surgery Procedures We Offer
Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants offers a variety of different surgical procedures to fit the dental needs of each of our patients.
Dental implants are used for a variety of reasons such as replacing a missing or damaged tooth. Implants are made to look like the other teeth so they blend in and are not obvious to others. Missing teeth can lead to other issues such as movement among other teeth, changes with your bite, and inference with your ability to eat and chew. This is why filling those empty spaces is so important. At Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants we offer single and multiple implants in addition to denture placements. We have several different options of implants and dentures so you can be sure to receive exactly the look and functionality you want.
Sometimes, after all other measures have been exhausted the only option left is extraction of the tooth. At our office we assure you that this is the last resort and our goal is the same as yours when it comes to saving your teeth if at all possible.
Types of Tooth Extractions
In total, there are two different types of tooth extraction procedures: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is the tooth in question can be easily seen and removed with the use of a local anesthetic. An example of a simple extraction may be when a child has a healthy baby tooth that hasn’t come out yet. The dentist may want to extract the tooth to make way for the permanent tooth coming and reduce the pain for the child when the adult tooth does come in. A surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure and is usually recommended for teeth that are broken or decayed. During these procedures, an incision is made in the gum in order to get the tooth out safely. Sometimes the tooth may need to be cut in half or more pieces to safely extract it. An example of a surgical tooth extraction is wisdom teeth removal.
Both of these procedures are performed with the use of local anesthetic and possibly medications to aid in relaxation. There should be little to no pain or discomfort during tooth extraction procedures, but if you do experience some you should alert your doctor immediately.
Reasons for Teeth Extractions
Tooth extractions may be required for a variety of different reasons including but not limited to:
- Wisdom teeth
- Badly broken or fractured teeth
- Tooth decay
- Impacted teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gum disease
Another surgical dental service we offer is bone grafting. Bone grafting may be required for dentures to be installed, for dental implants to be placed, or for patients experiencing bone loss or tooth loss. These procedures are usually performed under local and/or general anesthesia.
Depending on the patient and their natural dental structure, a sinus augmentation is sometimes needed to allow the proper stability needed for dental implants and dentures. This procedure is beneficial for patients who have suffered bone loss and do not provide the necessary support for the implants. In simple terms, the procedure takes a bone from one place and places into another to push the sinuses up to make way for the replacement bone to add strength and structure in that area.
Let Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants Take Care of All Your Dental Surgical Needs
We offer extraction and oral surgery services to all patients around the Bismarck area. Come see us today, or give our office a call to schedule a consultation with one of our superior dentists and surgeons.