At Cinco Ranch Smiles & Braces, our dentists offer a range of oral surgery procedures, including tooth extractions, bone grafting, and more. These procedures are sometimes necessary to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
At our Katy, TX, practice – also serving Sealy, Cypress, Sugarland, and Houston – we do everything we can to keep your dental care in one convenient location. Rather than referring you out to an oral surgeon, we strive to keep all of our oral surgeries in house. Whether you need a tooth extraction or jaw reconstruction, we’ve got you covered. We also offer nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax during your procedure. Here, we’ll explore some of the most common oral surgery treatments offered at our practice.
As dentists, we prefer to save natural teeth whenever possible. However, there will be some instances in which tooth removal is necessary. Here are some reasons why your dentist may recommend an extraction:
Our dentists use only the latest, most advanced techniques and technology to ensure comfortable treatment. To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area. Next, your dentist uses specialized instruments to loosen the tooth and lift it carefully from the socket.
Following tooth removal, we advise that you take two to three days off from work and school to heal. Stick with soft foods, like soups and ice cream, to avoid chewing. Also, avoid using a straw for about one week to reduce the risk of dry sockets or other complications.
Bone grafting is sometimes necessary to treat bone loss or atrophy. This procedure is especially helpful for those pursuing dental implants. Bone grafting may be performed immediately after an extraction, or it may be completed as a standalone procedure.
Bone grafting material is placed in the areas of deficiency to increase bone volume and density. Traditionally, bone was harvested from other areas of the body. Today, most bone grafting material is purchased from a licensed tissue bank.
In most cases, patients can return to normal activities in just a couple of days. However, the bone will continue to heal for several weeks. On average, bone grafts must heal for about three to six months before a dental implant can be placed.
This oral procedure is used to smooth or reshape your jawbone where you are missing teeth. Typically, an alveoloplasty is performed before having additional dental work done. In most cases, this procedure is necessary to facilitate proper healing after having an extraction or in preparation for dental implants or dentures.
To perform an alveoloplasty, your dentist must make an incision in the gums. This allows proper access to the jawbone. Using specialized dental instruments, the jawbone is smoothed. Once the desired result has been achieved, the gums are repositioned, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Following alveoloplasty, patients should closely follow the instructions provided by our team. Brush your teeth gently and soak the surgical site with an antibacterial mouthwash. Any discomfort can be successfully managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone to replace missing teeth roots. These titanium posts fuse to the natural bone tissue, providing a strong foundation for crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Your dentist will make a small incision in the gums and prepare the jawbone for your new implant. Using advanced x-rays and scans, we can determine exactly where your implant should be placed for best results. Once the implant is placed, the incision is closed.
Most patients are comfortable in just a day or two. However, it takes a few months for the implant to integrate with your jawbone. Recovery must be complete before a restoration can be added. In most cases, the healing period lasts about three to six months. If necessary, a temporary restoration can be provided in the meantime.
To learn more about our oral surgery services, schedule a consultation at our Katy, TX, practice. Contact us online or call our office at (832) 913-5542.