Common Oral Surgeon Procedures
At DFW Oral Surgeons, we perform a variety of oral surgery procedures. We’ve compiled a list of some of our more common procedures below. While some of these surgeries are more invasive than others, we perform each of these procedures with one goal in mind: to restore our patients with healthy, beautiful smiles. Visit our Flower Mound, TX office to determine which procedure is the best choice for you.
While some tooth extractions can be accomplished easily, others require oral surgery. Certain situations necessitate an oral surgeon perform the tooth extraction such as if the tooth is poorly positioned, damaged, or isn’t functional and is not easily accessible. Oral surgery for tooth extraction involves moving the surrounding gum tissue and bone to expose the tooth underneath. Once the gum tissue has been moved or removed, and the tooth is exposed, we can remove it more easily and with lesser impact on your overall smile.
Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth are two of the most common examples of teeth that require extraction. If you have a misaligned or significantly damaged tooth, these may also require surgical removal. Still, tooth extraction is never the most attractive solution, and we will do everything possible to help our patients keep their natural teeth. While a tooth extraction isn’t a pleasant thing to consider, when it becomes necessary we take every precaution to keep our patients safe and comfortable.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery treats misaligned jaws and dental irregularities that negatively impact chewing, speaking and even breathing. Patients may seek jaw surgery if their upper or lower jaws have not grown properly. Unequal jaw growth can cause significant pain and awkwardness as time progresses. Often this kind of surgery involves the reconstruction and realignment of one or both portions of the jaw to improve its overall function.
Corrective jaw surgery can potentially treat bite issues, dysfunction that resulted from facial trauma, as well as congenital facial defects. Though a side effect, many of our patients are also pleased with the aesthetic changes to their faces following jaw surgery.
Dental implants are among the most preferred methods to restore missing teeth, and thus one of the more common oral surgery procedures. The placement of an implant is, in fact, an oral surgery procedure. An implant is a titanium rod or screw that acts as a substitute tooth root. The implant is placed directly into the jawbone, and then artificial teeth such as a crown or bridge are fixed onto the implant. Some patients without adequate, natural jawbone will also require a bone graft to properly support the implant.
Schedule your Consultation
If you are considering oral surgery, we invite you to call us at (972) 539-1491 to schedule your consultation today. Whether you think a tooth extraction is necessary, or you require jaw surgery or dental implants, John C. Shillingburg, DDS will work with you to find the best solution to help you achieve your ideal smile.
John C. Shillingburg, DDS
Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
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