oral surgery

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.

Get Oral Surgery if I'm Pregnant

One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Root Canal

Root canals are a common procedure and have a success rate of 95%. There are procedures in place that can help your root canal last such as placing the crown immediately following the root canal. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene habits after your root canal at home.

There are some cases where patients do have an issue after their root canal is complete. Even though it is unlikely, root canals can fail. Failed root canals can be due to cracks in or around the root area, or from an obstruction that can make cleaning the area difficult.

There are symptoms you can look out for that may indicate you may have an issue. These symptoms include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to call our office as soon as possible.

How Does an Apicoectomy Work?

If a patient has a blockage around the tooth that is preventing access to the root canal they may need an apicoectomy procedure. This procedure involves creating a small flap in the gum to access the root. The infected area is cleaned out and sealed to prevent further infection. This is a great way for our team to access the root area that has the blockage and save your tooth.

Other Treatment Options

Retreatment

The most common option for failed root canals is retreatment. This involves removing the original filling, and cleaning and disinfecting the canal. The area is then resealed to prevent further infection. This treatment has the highest success rate.

Extraction

If both the apicoectomy and retreatment are not effective, removing the tooth is the last resort. With this option dental implants can be used to fill the empty space where the tooth was extracted.

Our team works closely with each patient to determine the severity and treatment options for a root canal failure. We want to choose the best option to save your tooth. Your health is our priority and we strive to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients.

Interested In Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about root canal therapy and treatment options for failed root canals, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing symptoms of a failed root canal please do not hesitate to call our office. You should be seen as soon as possible.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will assist you.

Oral Surgery

A normal bite is when both the upper and lower jaws align perfectly. The upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, and the jaw functions normally. If alignment is off this causes a malocclusion or issue with your bite. With an underbite the lower jaw protrudes further out than the upper jaw.

What Can Cause an Underbite?

An underbite can be caused by a child using a pacifier or thumb sucking. Most underbites are genetic and run in families. Irregularities in jaw size and shape cannot be prevented and require professional help.

An underbite can cause issues with chewing or speech, and can even cause decay. Tooth enamel can be lost where the teeth overlap, and jaw pain is common with patients that have an underbite. We want our patients to feel confident about their smile, and we are always happy to help each patient get that smile they have always wanted.

How Can My Orthodontist Help?

Orthodontic treatment for an underbite is common. Part of our detailed consultation process is to take a detailed look at your mouth, teeth, and skeletal structure. Depending on the severity of the underbite will determine the treatment plan. We look at severity, the patient’s age, and potential cause of the underbite.

If your child shows signs of an underbite, we recommend parents bring their child in by the age of seven. Early intervention is always best, and allows our team to get in front of any underbite issues at an early age.

In many cases braces can help reposition the lower teeth. Dental extractions may also be necessary to make room. Other appliances such as expanders can be used to help correct bone development. Unfortunately, braces and appliances are typically not enough for every patient that has an underbite.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

An oral surgeon can help correct an underbite by reshaping and repositioning the jawbone. This type of surgery is called orthoganic surgery. This surgery can help to lengthen or shorten the lower jaw depending on the severity. In some cases bone may need to be added or removed. Small plates or screws are used if necessary to stabilize the bone after surgery.

Surgery is usually recommended to correct an underbite for patients that are in their late teens or adults, and their jaw bones are already fully formed.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Our goal is to provide each patient with a healthy bite that functions normally. If you are interested in finding out more about how oral surgery can help your underbite, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. Underbite surgery can give you confidence, and make you happier with your appearance. Our team is here to help correct your smile and get you the results you want.

To schedule your oral consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!