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At Towncare Dental Associates of Homestead, we have an experienced oral surgeon that works with our team to make it as easy as possible for you to receive high-quality dental care at just one office.
If you need your wisdom teeth pulled, a tooth extracted, a single dental implant or an implant-supported denture placed, or any of the other oral surgery services we provide in Homestead, please call our team today at (786) 738-6500.
What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and defects that involve the teeth, jaws, or other parts of the mouth. After completing dental school, an oral surgeon continues to train for at least four more years in a hospital-based residency program. Oral surgeons train side-by-side with medical residency students in general surgery techniques, internal medicine, plastic surgery, emergency medical care, anesthesiology, and otolaryngology services (ear, nose, and throat).
Many dentists in Homestead refer their patients to our oral surgeon for complicated procedures and treatment. Call us today at (786) 738-6500 to see how we can help you.
What are Common Types of Oral Surgery Services?
Your dentist may recommend you visit our oral surgeon for a number of reasons. Oral surgeons are truly the specialists when it comes to correcting problems with the jaw, facial bone, and soft tissues. Here is a look at some of the common types of oral surgery services in Homestead:
Impacted tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal
While most general dentists can remove teeth, an oral surgeon is trained to extract teeth that impacted, meaning they can’t come through the gum line correctly because there is a layer of bone or soft tissue blocking them. This frequently happens with wisdom teeth, which are the third set of molars that typically emerge in the late teen years or early twenties. Impacted teeth can cause swelling, pain, and gum infection. They can also press against nearby teeth, shifting those out of position. Our oral surgeon can remove these problem teeth in the comfort of our own office. READ MORE
Dental implant placement
Dental implants have become a popular solution for people who are missing one or more teeth. The implant takes the place of the missing tooth’s roots. Our oral surgeon places the small implant into the jaw bone, where it fuses to the bone and provides a stable support for a crown, bridge, or denture. READ MORE
All-on-4® treatment concept for implant-supported dentures
Are you tired of having denture that you need to take out each night? Does your removable denture slip in the mouth, making it hard to eat, speak, or sing? Our oral surgeon uses the All-on-4 treatment concept to permanently secure a denture in place. It attaches the denture to four dental implants which prevents the denture from sliding, eliminates the need for denture paste, and helps keep the jaw bone from shrinking. That in turn helps prevent premature wrinkling around the mouth. READ MORE
Gum disease can reduce the amount of bone in your jaw. If you have suffered bone loss, then our oral surgeon can build up the bone again through a procedure called bone grafting. Some people may need bone grafting to ensure there is enough bone to hold a dental implant in place.
Sinus lifts / sinus augmentation
If you’re having a dental implant placed in the upper jaw, you may need a sinus lift. That’s simply the name of the bone grafting procedure when bone is being added to the upper jaw near the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of the nose. There are a few reasons why this might be necessary. First, the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw. Secondly, tooth loss causes bone shrinkage, which means the natural upper bone may have receded since the tooth or teeth came out. Third, the sinuses may be too close to the bone and bone needs to be added to the area between the sinus cavity and the jaw.
Denture-related oral surgery procedures
Another way our oral surgeon can help denture-wearers is through pre-prosthetic surgery. A denture is one type of prosthetic. Our oral surgeon in Homestead can remove any remaining teeth before the denture is placed or remove small, bony bumps called tori that can interfere with the denture’s ability to sit on your gums comfortably. A complete denture is a popular way to replace a missing row of teeth. We look forward to helping you.
Oral cancer diagnosis / Lesion biopsy and removal
Oral cancer and other types of oral pathology can strike at any time. You may notice a bump in your mouth, a sore that won’t go away, or a change in the color or texture of the skin. Our oral surgeon in Homestead can take samples of suspicious-looking tissues or growths and send them to a laboratory for testing. In many cases, our oral surgeon can remove pre-cancerous or cancerous legions or will work in tandem with another specialist to address your specific needs. There are many surgical procedures available to remove a tumor and restore the appearance and function of tissue that has been impacted by cancer.
Our oral surgeon at Towncare Dental Associates of Homestead has been trained in orthognathic surgery as well, which is corrective jaw surgery that addresses problems with a protruding jaw, receding chin, jaw joint pain, and lip position.
Oral Surgery with Sedation in Homestead
Our team strives to make every oral surgery procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Our oral surgeon is highly-skilled in several types of sedation to ensure our patients comfort. We offer intravenous sedation, which is also referred to as twilight sedation. Patients who receive the sedative by IV may or may not fall asleep. We also offer oral sedation, which is a prescription pill such as Valium that helps people relax. Of course, we also have laughing gas.
During your first visit with the oral surgeon, we’ll discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and determine the best type of sedation for your specific needs. You’ll leave your appointment understanding your treatment options, the timeline, and the costs. We’ll be happy to work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits. Our goal is to make your visit go as smoothly as possible. Call us today at (786) 738-6500. Our team looks forward to seeing how we can help you.