Oral surgery can be necessary in order to be sure that your mouth has optimal oral health. At Lovett Dental Upper Kirby, our oral surgeons contain the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your condition. We treat a number of conditions, both functional and aesthetic, including but not limited to:
- Bone grafting
- Dental implants
- Tooth extractions
- Impacted tooth extractions
- Pre-prosthetic surgery
- Oral pathology
- Emergency dental services
Oral Surgery Procedures
When you visit Lovett Dental Upper Kirby, we will determine what the proper oral surgery procedure is right for you. We consider teeth location, length of time they have been missing, and the amount of bone left in the jaw. After a consultation deciding on the procedure, we will go over the details with you. Different types of bone grafting procedures we provide include:
This bone grafting procedure is done to prevent an empty tooth socket from decaying while creating support for your dental implant to be placed. In order to ensure the bone graft is successful, we will confirm that you have sufficient healthy bone at your tooth socket.
The most common bone grafting procedure is useful if you are experiencing bone loss in the upper jaw. This procedure is generally performed so that your jaw can support a future dental implant.
This procedure is generally performed after a tooth has been lost or extracted. Your smile can be altered by bone loss and jaw recession. When we perform a ridge augmentation, we will either prevent or fix this issue by creating a bone graft. Then, we will suggest a dental implant to avoid future complications.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that act as your regular teeth. To perform a dental implant, we create a custom-made crown, or artificial tooth. The crown Is made to match your natural set of teeth. The crown is connected to the implant, which is bonded directly into your jawbone. This is done so that we can ensure that your crown stays in place as your natural tooth would. Because of the process of bonding the implant to your jaw, this is an oral surgery procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Your wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that come in later than others. Most people will get their wisdom teeth in their teens to late twenties. But most of the time, your wisdom teeth won’t come in properly. Depending on your wisdom teeth, you may only need one tooth removed or you may need all four. There are many reasons why you would need to get your wisdom teeth removed including:
- You have impacted teeth- meaning they don’t have space to come through your gums
- Your teeth may only come in halfway- leaving a space for bacteria to grow and cause infection
- They might come in at an improper angle
- They don’t have space to come in without affecting the alignment of your other teeth
- You have a cyst- due to infection from your impacted wisdom teeth
During the procedure, our Houston sedation dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. If you are removing all four or have impacted teeth, we will follow that with a general anesthetic to prevent pain and allow you to sleep through the procedure.
We will give you detailed instructions on how to take care of your mouth prior to surgery. We do this to avoid any infections that can occur after the removal.
Pre-Prosthetic Oral Surgery
The team at Lovett Dental Upper Kirby will perform a pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare your mouth for a dental prosthesis. We do this by redesigning and smoothing bone to prepare for denture construction. This surgery is important to make sure that your mouth can support dentures.
Depending on the type of dentures we recommend to you and that you choose, this procedure can be immediately before denture installation or after your gums heal.
We offer implant-supported dentures, conventional dentures, and removable partial dentures. Although dentures are considered a cosmetic procedure, functioning teeth are important to your overall health. When you get dentures, you improve your ability to chew allowing you to get proper nutrition. Dentures also allow your speech to improve after tooth loss.
Learn More About Your Oral Surgery Options at Lovett Dental Upper Kirby
At Lovett Dental Upper Kirby, we offer many different surgical procedures to ensure that you are getting the proper care. Contact us or call 832.780.4979 to schedule an appointment and assess what oral surgery option is right for you.