Oral Surgery

Dental surgery is needed for many reasons such as a smile makeover, or to correct an injury. Other dental surgery may be a simple extraction such as wisdom teeth removal. Dental surgery allows doctors to correct conditions or to improve a patient’s smile. Typically, dental surgery is outpatient, and your dentist may have referred you to an oral surgeon nearby.

At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we focus on prevention and practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep our teeth and mouth healthy. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always put our patient’s health first. Many people need oral surgery at some point in their life, and finding a good oral surgeon you can trust is important.

What Are the Common Types of Dental Surgery?

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular restorative option for patients seeking to correct their smile. Implants typically involve multiple appointments in our office. Dental implants are durable, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

During the implant process the post acts like an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. A healing process is needed to allow the implant to fuse to the jawbone, and create a sturdy and stable base for the crown. After the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office to have the crown affixed securely on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Implants restore the function of our teeth and look natural. If a patient does not have enough bone present in the jaw to support dental implants, bone grafting can be done. This is an additional step that requires a separate healing process before your implants can be placed.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals involve cleaning out the infected or inflamed pulp area of a tooth. Root canals can save a tooth and restore its functionality. This procedure can eliminate pain, and prevent future bacteria from entering the area. Root canals are extremely common, and can prevent the patient from requiring tooth extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, and in some cases, they can be impacted. Often times wisdom teeth cause crowding, and if not removed can cause damage to the other adult teeth around them. To avoid issues in the future, wisdom teeth are extracted. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine surgery, and anesthesia is used to keep the patient calm and comfortable. Once the teeth are removed the area is stitched, and patients can begin the healing process.

Cosmetic Surgery

If a patient is unhappy with their appearance, or are ready to rejuvenate their smile, cosmetic surgery is an option. Cosmetic surgery involves multiple procedures that are combined to improve a patient’s smile. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, or orthodontics. Most procedures can be done right in our office and do not need an oral surgeon.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery is needed if a patient has an injury to their mouth or jaw. This type of surgery can help repair the jaw or teeth, and restore the functionality of your mouth. Other issues that may require reconstructive surgery include patients that have lost their teeth or have severe decay. The condition of your teeth will determine what surgical procedures are necessary to restore your smile. Procedures such as implants or bone grafting are examples of what may be needed to reconstruct your smile.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of dental surgery, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our team has years of experience in creating beautiful smiles, and we strive to provide exceptional service. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a friendly and welcoming environment. Let our team help you restore your confidence with a new smile.

To schedule your consultation, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Dental Bone Grafting

A dental bone graft is typically used for patients that have jawbone issues. Bone grafts are a common procedure and have been done for years. The procedure is relatively minor and can be done quickly. If patients have lost a tooth or have severe gum disease, bone grafts can be used to help restore your gums and jaw. Over time gum disease can progress if not treated and cause bone loss. This can affect your appearance, and cause your jaw to sag or look sunken in. At this point there is no bone left to support your face. Bone grafting can help to restore the support needed.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

Typically, the procedure is done before your implant is placed. If you need to have a tooth removed that is done first, and then we will prepare the area for a bone graft if the patient does not have enough bone present to support the dental implant. This graft will help to create a stable base for your new tooth. Bone grafts can be taken from your own body, and are commonly taken from the back of the jawbone. Another option is to use a bone grafting material. This option is common because the patient does not need a surgical incision to reach the bone.

The area is cleaned and the bone grafting material is placed. Once the bone graft is complete the patient will need to heal for a few months before you can come back to have your implant placed. This gives the graft time to heal and develop new bone around the graft area. The procedure takes a few hours and is relatively simple.

What Can I Expect During Healing?

Some pain is expected after a bone graft procedure, but should subside after a few days. Patients can treat the area with a cold compress and take over the counter medications to help ease the pain. We recommend a liquid diet after your bone graft procedure. Slowly patients can introduce soft foods, and eventually resume their normal diet. Patients should avoid any strenuous activity that may affect the bone graft area during healing.

Interested in Finding Out More?

At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we offer may procedures to help you get the smile of your dreams. Bone grafting can help create a sturdy base for dental implants, and is a great option for patients who have bone loss. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery and we strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our patients.

To find out if bone grafting can benefit you, or to inquire about dental implants, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Tooth Infection

Infections can be serious, and it is always important for patients to know when to call their dentist. Infections should always be treated right away to avoid complications, or other issues from developing. If you have a toothache and throbbing pain that does not go away, the infection could spread to other places in the body. At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we are equipped to handle any dental emergency, and offer flexible hours to accommodate our patients.

What Are Symptoms of a Tooth Infection?

  • Throbbing pain that does not subside
  • Pain in your jaw, neck, or ear
  • Sensitivity when you place pressure on the area
  • Pain that gets worse when you are lying down
  • Swelling around the jaw or mouth
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Bad breath or odd taste in the mouth
  • Fever

Knowing these signs can help treat an infection before it spreads and becomes more serious. Never hesitate to call your dentist when you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we put our patients’ health first, and provide exceptional care you can trust. Our team is trained to handle any emergency, and we will work to relieve your pain and keep you comfortable.

What Happens If the Infection Spreads?

There is little chance that a tooth infection will spread to other parts of the body. Patients that have any of the below symptoms should call our office right away. Infections that spread can be life threatening and should be taken seriously.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Change in vision
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Swelling around the face or mouth

Pain that does not subside

What Treatment Is Available?

The treatment provided will depend on the severity of the infection. If an abscess is present, we will identify the location of the abscess, and determine how far the infection has spread. Root canal treatment may be necessary to treat an abscess if it is located inside the tooth. If root canal therapy is not enough, our doctor can perform an apicoectomy to open up the gum area near the root, and remove the infected tissue.

Other treatments may involve prescribing antibiotics to treat the infection and stop it from spreading. Our team will monitor your progress on the antibiotics to ensure they are working. If necessary, the type of antibiotics used may need to be changed, and a hospital stay may be required.

Sepsis can occur when an infection spreads, and the immune system overreacts to an infection in your blood. If this is left untreated, sepsis can lead to septic shock which can cause organ failure, or even death. Patients that have sepsis will need to be hospitalized and given special intravenous treatment.

Treating an infection is extremely important to avoid complications like sepsis. We encourage you to contact our office if you experience any sign of an infection. Let our team help relieve your pain, and get you on the road to recovery.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you think you may have an infection, we encourage you to contact our office right away. To schedule your appointment, please contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and many patients encounter pain or discomfort when they eat certain foods that are hot or cold. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, around 40 million adults suffer from sensitivity. Usually, the pain is temporary and can be treated to improve, but not cure the condition.

At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we provide many general dentistry services including treatment for patients that suffer from sensitivity. We strive to provide quality dental care in a caring and friendly environment, where patients can relax during their treatment. We welcome new patients to our practice, and look forward to you joining our dental family.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can happen suddenly, and to anyone. Typically, symptoms of sensitivity include a sudden sharp pain when your teeth are exposed to cold, hot, or acidic foods. Tooth sensitivity can also come after you brush or floss your teeth. Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity after treatment, so patients should consider this when they are deciding to start a whitening regimen.

Our teeth are protected by enamel, and underneath the enamel is a layer of dentin. Dentin is soft, and if the enamel on your teeth is worn down, or your gums have receded the dentin can become exposed. Dentin can be exposed from cavities or cracks in your teeth. The dentin is connected to the nerve area, and this is what can cause pain or sensitive teeth.

Other Actions That Can Cause Sensitivity

  • Brushing too vigorously
  • Gum recession from periodontal disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Cracked or injured teeth
  • Plaque
  • Acidic foods or drinks
  • Dental procedures such as sensitivity after a filling
  • Teeth Whitening treatments

What Treatments Are Available for Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can never completely go away, but there are treatments available that can help alleviate the sensitivity you experience. If you are experiencing any sensitivity, we recommend you make an appointment for an exam in our office. We can treat sensitivity easier if we know that is what is causing you pain. Never leave pain untreated as this could lead to more serious issues in the future.

Sensitivity Treatments

  • Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Changing to a soft bristled tooth brush.
  • Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid acidic foods or drinks.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
  • Inlays or bonding can help fix a tooth and decrease sensitivity.
  • Gum grafts can help protect the root area of the tooth.
  • Fluoride gel or varnish treatment can help protect your teeth from wear and tear.
  • Root Canal therapy if needed can help with severe tooth sensitivity, but this is typically the last resort.

Taking care of your teeth and knowing when to call your dentist is important. Patients should never have prolonged pain or sensitivity to hot or cold. It is always important to take care of your oral health, and practice good habits at home. At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, your oral health is our priority, and we strive to provide our patients with quality and affordable dental services. Let our team help you take charge of your dental health.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment?

If you are interested in finding out more about treatments for tooth sensitivity, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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If you have found yourself with a dental emergency you may wonder where to start. Doing research ahead of time to find an emergency dentist is important. This not only helps you to be prepared in an emergency, it also helps make the situation less stressful. Typically, your emergency dentist should be the one to call when you have a dental emergency.

Your dentist can handle an emergency and perform an oral exam to determine what is needed. If the situation requires an oral surgeon, your dentist will refer you to a great surgeon they recommend. Common dental emergencies include injury to a tooth or the mouth, prolonged pain or swelling, or an infection.

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Oral Surgeon?

Many patients are unsure what the difference is between their dentist and an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons receive different training and education compared to your dentist. An oral surgeon can offer different services that your dentist may not be able to perform.

General dentists can perform minor surgeries, but their training is focused on services such as exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and root canals. Visiting your dentist first is a great start if you have any emergency. Your dentist can evaluate the emergency and determine if they can treat your issue, or refer you to an oral surgeon.

An oral surgeon is required if your emergency involves a tooth extraction, concern with your gum tissue, or an issue with your jaw bone. Oral surgeons are trained in various surgeries such as impacted teeth, jaw concerns, bone loss, and wisdom teeth.

There are dentists available who can do both, and finding that perfect dentist can make your life easier. In many cases there is an oral surgeon in the same office and your dentist can refer you to them for a same day appointment. An oral surgeon can help patients that have suffered any traumatic injury.

Looking To Find Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about what emergency services we provide, we encourage you to contact our office. Our staff is trained to handle dental emergencies, and are available to answer any questions you may have. Calling our office is the first step when you have a dental emergency. We can take a look, and evaluate next steps to help get you on the road to recovery.

To get in touch with us or for more information contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

Root Canal

If you are dealing with persistent tooth pain you may be in need of a root canal. Root canals are typically needed when your tooth is severely damaged, or there is an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. Common issues can damage the pulp of a tooth including trauma, infections, or decay.

In some cases pain is not evident when the issue first happens. Over time, the pain may get worse and you will need to make an appointment at the dentist.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a common dental emergency to save an infected or damaged tooth. Root canal therapy includes removing the damaged tissue or pulp and sealing the area. This prevents future bacteria from entering. A filling or crown is then used to keep your tooth sturdy and secure.

How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Persistent Pain in or Around the tooth

This can be caused by an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. Patients should not wait to call the dentist, and should seek immediate attention.

Injury or Damage to a Tooth

If your tooth has been damaged from injury or trauma you may need a root canal to save the tooth. A crown can be used to restore your tooth, and make it look natural.

Tooth Discoloration

If you notice your tooth has white spots, or has changed color this may indicate the root of your tooth is damaged. Symptoms may include pain or sensitivity to hot or cold. Crowns can be used to restore your tooth, and can be customized to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.

Ignoring pain is something patients should never do. Our team is here to help, and making that call is the first step to help you become pain free. If your tooth is injured or your pain is persistent, this indicates something is wrong and you may need an emergency root canal. Root canals can save your tooth and should always be addressed right away.

Think You May Have an Emergency?

If you think you may have an emergency or are experiencing symptoms please contact our office. Our staff will ensure you are seen right away. We offer flexible and emergency hours to ensure we can accommodate any situation.

To schedule your appointment please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.