The treatment of teeth, jaws and facial features is called maxillofacial or oral surgery. The most common form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. However, maxillofacial specialists can also handle cleft palate or OSA (Osteoarthritis). These doctors have a long history of training, which goes beyond regular dentistry. Santa Monica Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants boasts a state-of-the-art facility. We offer wisdom-tooth extractions, dental implant placements, and teeth bleaching. We offer TMJ surgery, bone transplants, facial reconstruction, and bone grafting. Our skilled surgeons offer excellent care.
Information on common dental procedures like the removal of wisdom teeth:
- Removal Of One Tooth
Millions of people every year get their teeth extracted. An oral surgeon must perform the surgery if there is decay or wear to the tooth. During tooth removal surgery you will be sedated. Oral surgeons are trained to remove teeth, repair the fractured jaw, and stitch it closed.
- Getting Rid Of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are extra permanent molars. These back teeth come in straight and help with chewing. They can sometimes crowd your other teeth or aren’t fully in place. If this happens, you might need wisdom teeth removal. For anxiety or discomfort, light sedation may also be offered. Most people will feel better quickly after the wisdom teeth are removed.
- Dental Implants
One option is to get dental implants (s) if a person has lost more than one of their visible teeth. The procedure of dental implant surgery can require more than one visit. Each new tooth is treated with a post, which goes through the gum and into your jawbone. Two posts are required for full upper or lower plates. An oral graft is required for weak bones to support the posts during surgery. The dental implant can be inserted directly into the tooth post to improve your smile, align your jaw and restore your eating habits.
- Ways To Get Rid Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
People suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), can have trouble breathing while sleeping. This lowers oxygen levels. OSA sufferers might be able to have their jaw, palate, or even airway surgical procedures. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP) removes soft palate and throat tissue, advances the tongue, and implants the soft palate. OSA sufferers can get oxygen and breathe easier by consulting a maxillofacial doctor.
An apicoectomy is performed by maxillofacial and oral surgeons. Nuclear tissue cannot also be removed since dental equipment cannot reach the root tips. Infection can occur. An oral surgeon can perform an apicoectomy, which involves removing the root of the tooth and filling it with a new one.
- Facial Reconstruction
There are many types of injuries that can cause severe damage to the face and jaws, as well as knock out teeth. Reconstructive surgery is able to repair the mouth, jaw, and face after an accident. Depending on the extent and severity of the injuries, face reconstruction may take several months or years. These surgeries are typically done under general sedation, so you may have to stay in the hospital for a few nights.
- Cleft Lip Or Palate
Plastic surgeons usually perform cleft palate surgery on children, but special training in maxillofacial surgery can also be used to correct this facial defect. The baby’s roof is split if they are born with a defect called a cleft palate. A cleft lip s a front lip that is slightly raised. Babies may have both a deformed palate and a deformed lip. A maxillofacial doctor can correct these problems for children as young as one year.