You may already know that your dentist performs some basic oral surgery. Whether you’ve gotten a tooth extracted, such as your wisdom teeth, or you needed a root canal done, your oral surgeon in Dallas can perform that and far more.
Whether it’s dental implants, a biopsy, or bone grafting, your oral surgeon can do it! If you’re figuring out what treatment you need done, just keep reading to learn about them and how they can benefit your future oral health.
Dental implants are considered the pinnacle of tooth-replacement and restoration. Over the past 40 years, implants have evolved and expanded in many ways, offering patients a permanent and natural look that also stimulates the gums, promotes bone growth, and makes chewing and speaking easier than ever compared to its contemporaries.
Did you know there were multiple types of dental implants to consider?
- Single Tooth Implant – The process of replacing a single tooth at a time.
- Multiple Tooth Implants – Ideal for combining with implant-supported bridges.
- Full Mouth Dental Implants – Good option for those looking for an alternative to dentures
- Affordable Dental Implants – Possible with seasonal specials, lending clubs, and 0% interest financing through Care Credit
If your dentist detects any abnormalities in your oral soft tissues, such as cysts in your x-ray, they’ll send you to an oral surgeon who will perform a biopsy. They may also refer you if they believe you’re at risk for oral cancer. Thankfully, the mouth is one of the easiest place to catch early signs of oral cancer.
After you have a private consultation with the surgeon, they may recommend a complete removal of abnormal tissue. During the procedure, you’ll be placed under IV general anesthesia. After surgery is complete, you’ll be mailed a report with your laboratory results within 10 days.
If you aren’t sure if you are eligible for dental implants due to bone recession in the jaw or bone loss, you’ll be excited to learn how bone-grafting can make implants possible. To restore bone, surgeons use a process called Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) to isolate fibrin-rich platelets from your own blood and use them for the bone graft.
During procedure, you’ll also be given general anesthesia via IV. The surgeon will remove bone from another area of your body and then transplant it to the needed area. This should provide sufficient room for a dental implant to properly integrate.
This is a specialized bone grafting procedure that lifts the soft tissue of the sinus floor to create adequate room and accommodate your future dental implant. For patients with severe maxillary bone loss, this treatment is much more ideal.
Don’t give up hope on dental implants just yet. Your oral surgeon in Dallas is here to help, schedule a consultation with them today to determine what work you need done!
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Bao Brown attended Duke University to earn his Bachelor of Arts. He then went on to earn his dental degree from the University of Maryland where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Edgar J. Jacques Memorial Award for his achievements in oral surgery. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (972) 960-1111 or visit his website.