Oral Surgery, Implants, Extractions
- Wisdom Teeth
- Bone Grafting
- Facial Trauma
- TMD Ttreatment
- Oral Pathology
- Sedation Dentistry
Wisdom teeth are third molars erupting sometime during our teenage years. Most people either do not have their third molars or have them impacted. It is very difficult to maintain adequate oral hygiene around wisdom teeth because they are located in a back of the mouth, making it almost impossible to clean with conventional methods. Therefore the current statement of the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends early removal of the third molars as a prevention of further complications arising from their impaction. We will gladly assess the stage of your developing wisdom teeth and will explain in detail the advantages of their prophylactic removal.
Extractions are performed in cases where the existing structure of your tooth cannot be repaired to serve its normal functions in your mouth. This may be the case if your tooth has sustained considerable damage or is positioned in a way that prevents treatment to your other teeth. La Jolla Family Dentistry is one of the few dental offices where you have the opportunity to be treated by a qualified oral surgeon. We provide various levels of sedation or general anesthesia in addition to routine local anesthesia, so our patients can relax while undergoing complex surgery treatment.
The bone grafting procedure is advised when the jawbone has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer support existing or replacement teeth. The procedure involves fortifying the bone with the bone grafting material, which can be in the form of powder, paste or small particles. Over time the graft material will integrate with the surrounding bone tissue and restore the area to a suitable bone quality and quantity.
If completed by a highly trained oral surgeon, the surgery is predictable and safe. We ensure that all grafting materials are completely sterile and come from a reputable supply company. When a large defect needs to be grafted, the best supply of the bone is the patient’s own body. We will discuss all treatment options available to you during the consultation prior to the procedure.
Facial trauma encompasses any injury to the mouth, face, or jaw. Injuries can range from minor abrasions to broken bones, but it is always a good policy to seek professional care in the case of facial trauma. If fractures or complications are left untreated, they may affect a patient’s ability to breathe, speak, and swallow in the future. We will assess the care required for your specific situation.
People with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) can experience severe pain or discomfort that may either be temporary or last for many years. A complete orofacial evaluation is required for proper diagnosis of TMD. To evaluate whether you have TMD, we will check for a variety of symptoms, including clicking or popping of the jaw joint and diagnostic wear patterns of the teeth. Call to schedule a consultation and ask us about our TMD treatment options.
Oral pathology refers to the identification and management of any disease affecting the mouth and surrounding facial regions. This can include diseases ranging from benign cysts to oral cancer. Since the mouth is essential for eating, breathing, and speaking, caring for conditions that affect your oral health are linked to your overall wellbeing. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and can help you determine the best course of treatment for your oral condition. Call today to schedule your oral cancer screening appointment.