Oral Surgery Services in McDonough, GA
Oral and maxillofacial surgery, which is most commonly referred to as oral surgery, focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of various injuries, diseases and defects that affect your face, mouth, teeth and jaws. Oral surgery is the only dental specialty that requires an additional four years of surgical and anesthesia training in a hospital-based environment in addition to a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree.
Common Oral Surgery Procedures
Our board-certified oral surgeons offer a full array of oral and maxillofacial services, ranging from sleep apnea treatment to bone graft surgery. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain and facial injuries. The oral procedures we provide include:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. They often become impacted, resulting in swelling and pain. The gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth may also become infected. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums and jawbone. In most cases, oral surgery is recommended to remove the impacted teeth.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. This type of dental treatment requires the placement of tooth root substitutes by an oral surgeon. The root substitutes are surgically anchored to the jaw and provide stabilization for the artificial tooth (dental implant). To learn more about this procedure, please visit our Implants page.
Sinus Lift Surgery
The key to dental implant surgery success is the quality and quantity of bone available for implant placement. The upper back jaw can sometimes present problems due to insufficient bone and the close proximity to the sinus. A sinus lift surgery, however, may help correct this issue by raising the sinus floor and developing bone to allow for successful placement of dental implants. This is done by making an incision to expose the bone, then cutting a small circle into the bone. The bone fragment is lifted into the sinus cavity and the space below it is filled with bone graft material. The incision is closed and the bone is allowed to develop for anywhere from four to twelve months before the implants are placed.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes frequent interruptions in your breathing while you are asleep. When you stop breathing, your body and brain are deprived of oxygen. This puts you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure, as well as other conditions. If other treatments have not corrected your sleep apnea and/or snoring, oral surgery may provide relief.
Is sleep apnea making it difficult for you to get any useful rest? Vivos might be the right solution! As a licensed Vivos provider, we can utilize this revolutionary procedure to treat your sleep apnea and get you sleeping right in no time.
Vivos is a non-invasive procedure used to treat an obstruction in the airway, one of the leading causes of sleep apnea. The treatment begins with a consultation with the dentist to see if you are a candidate for Vivos. The dentist will perform tests and record specific measurements to tailor Vivos to you. You will then wear Vivos at night while you sleep to help keep your airway open and minimize the effects of sleep apnea. Routine meetings with your dentist are common during a Vivos treatment to track progress and make any necessary adjustments.
You will be surprised to find that all along the key to a good night’s sleep was just an appointment away.
Temporomandibular joint disorders, also known as TMJ, is often the source of facial pain and headaches. TMJ is a small joint at the base of the skull in front of the ear that connects the lower and upper jaw. Just like any other joint in your body, it can become sore, swollen or broken. In some cases, TMJ pain may be caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. In instances where night guards and medication do not reduce TMJ pain, oral surgery may be a consideration.
A bone graft is typically used to help maximize the outcome of dental implants. It may also be used to help improve the fit of dentures. During a bone graft procedure, the oral surgeon will take a section of bone from another area of your body and graft it onto your jaw bone. This helps stimulate new bone growth, making your jaw stronger and more suitable for implants or denture adjustments.
Following a tooth extraction, dentists may perform a procedure known as ridge augmentation, which helps recreate the natural contour of your gums and jaw. This is done by placing bone graft material in the empty socket created by the extraction. Next, the gum is placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Although it is not medically necessary, ridge augmentation is required to rebuild the height and width of your alveolar ridge prior to dental implant surgery.
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening
Do your teeth appear to be too short or you have a “gummy” smile? Cosmetic crown lengthening can help improve your appearance by reshaping your excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth. Crown lengthening may also be recommended to help restore decayed or broken teeth below the gum line, especially if a crown or bridge is needed.
Our surgical team has the knowledge, skill and expertise to handle a wide array of facial injuries and oral conditions. If you are in pain, or unhappy with your appearance, we can help. Please contact our office and request a consultation today.