Carlsbad Oral Surgeon

Maxillofacial Surgery

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There are many different procedures that your Carlsbad oral surgery center can help you with. Understanding what each is for and how it may effect you is a must. Here is a list of what this article will cover.

·        Wisdom Teeth extractions

·        Jaw Surgery

·        Facial Trauma

·        Oral pathology

·        Bone grafting (Major and Minor)

·        Impacted Canines

·        Dental Implants

·        TMJ Disorders

·        Sleep Apnea

·        Cleft lip/ Palate

 

Wisdom Tooth Removal

The third and final morals are known as Wisdom teeth. These commonly erupt during your late teenage years. Most adults have had at least one wisdom tooth removed. Impaction is the leading cause of this procedure do the pain and infections it causes. Another reason to have your third molar extracted is decay or lack of dental hygiene. Some are surprised that it can be a better decision to have the tooth removed than to have it filled.

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“I need a tooth removed but I can’t miss a lot of work.”

“How long does the recovery process take?”

Removing the wisdom tooth is a quick outpatient surgery. A good doctor, and his/her team, will have you within an hour to 2 hours depending on your roots. Healing takes a few days but you can return to work 24 hours after surgery. Make sure to follow your after care instructions! Your surgeon will typically give you a print out that states you should not use a straw, eat soft foods, and a few other precautions for the first 3-5 five days after your procedure.

 

Jaw Surgery – Orthognathic Surgery

“How can I tell if I need jaw surgery?”

If you have a protruding jaw, poor bite, difficulties breathing or speaking, troubles while eating, misaligned bite, or even headaches caused by jaw pain. Any and all these issues can be solved with getting your jaw re-aligned. Though this is a complicated surgery and will involve several visits, its can help make your jaw function properly and has cosmetic perks. When you visit your local OMS, you will consult with a doctor to discuss what will be needed for your particular problem.

 

Facial Trauma

This is typically case where you would need emergency oral surgery. Oral surgeons are trained to manage and treat injuries that cause facial trauma. Short or Long term facial reconstruction, rehabilitation, and emotional care are all things these maxillofacial surgeons manage.

·         Soft tissue Injuries

These are typically related to skin and gum trauma in the maxillofacial region. Repairing salivary ducts, salivary glands and even facial nerves is a concern for the oral surgeon as well as achieving the best cosmetic results.

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·         Bone Fractures

Major bone damage is often solved by wiring the upper and lower jaws together. This is done because there is no way to apply a cast like you would if your arm or leg has been broken. Oral surgeons will handle smaller fractures using a plate and screws (known as rigid fixation) on the fractured area.

·         Tooth injuries

Even though these are the most common type of injury, a team of dental specialist may be required. As there can me many different situations that can cause trauma to a tooth, here is what most people should know. If a tooth has been knocked out you should NOT try a wipe the tooth off. The ligament that holds the tooth in its place in the jaw might still be attached. Instead you should place the tooth in a salt water mixture or in milk and seen your oral surgeon ASAP!! That ligament is crucial to having the tooth replanted successfully. If the oral surgeon is unable to replant the tooth then dental implants would be the next best option.

 

Dental Implants

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Do you have severely damaged teeth? Or are you missing some teeth? If you can say “YES” to either of these questions then you need dental implants! You will be happy to know that your Carlsbad oral surgeon can help!

“How can they help?”

“What will my oral surgeon do to replace my missing teeth?”

Under your gums there is bone that once held you tooth. A small rod will be placed inside that bone to act as an anchor for your new tooth, whether its a crown or a prosthetic tooth. This can be done for multiple teeth!

 

Bone Grafting

After having a missing tooth for awhile your jawbone with start to be reabsorbed or atrophy. If this is the case for you then you will not be a candidate for dental implants. Nowadays surgeons have the technology and knowledge to grow bone where it is needed allowing them to fix esthetic appearance and install a dental implant. Bone tissue is acquired from either the hip, tibia, jaw, or a tissue bank. Dental implant surgeons can also perform what is called a sinus lift.

 

Oral Pathology

Your mouth acts like an early warning system for your body. Take note and consult your doctor if and of these symptoms occur as they may be signs of the beginning stages of oral cancer.

  • Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

 

Impacted Canines

Maxillary cuspid teeth are the second most common tooth to become impacted. These teeth play a major role in the dental arch for your bite. They are the first teeth to tough when you close your jaw and also have the longest roots. Once these teeth erupt they push your upper front teeth together thus closing the gap.  Carlsbad Oral surgeons and orthodontist tend to work together to help an unerupted tooth begin to erupt. The orthodontist will use braces to open the gap for the canine tooth to move into place. Once the cap is large enough an oral surgeon will then expose the tooth by lifting the gum tissue up. Any baby teeth found at this moment will be removed. Then the surgeon will attack a bracket to the cuspid that will assist in pulling the tooth down into position.

 

TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint disorder is cause when the muscles used for chewing do not work together correctly creating an array of symptoms. Can you answer yes to most of the symptoms listed below?

TMJ symptomsSymptoms

  • Sore or stiff jaw muscles when waking up?
  • Frequent neck aches or headaches?
  • Pain in your jaw that gets worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Noisy jaw – clicking, popping, locking, or catching when moving your jaw?
  • When you bite your teeth no longer touch?
  • Does your bite change from time to time?
  • Hard to use front teeth when tearing food or biting?

Luckily in most cases these can be treated at home over time along with a visit to your local oral surgeon. Try some of these remedies after your visit.

  • Rest your jaw
  • Keep your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
  • Eat soft foods
  • Apply ice and heat
  • Exercise your jaw
  • Practice good posture

TMJ surgery is often saved for severe cases and is not practiced often. Consult you Carlsbad oral surgeon to discuss your issues.

 

Sleep Apnea

OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) occurs when the tongue is sucked up and press against the back of the throat causing blood oxygen levels to lower and disturbing sleep. This is because air flow stops do to upper airways being blocked. Visiting an oral surgeon you will be offered treatment options as well as consultation. Some treatments available are a CPAP machine, UPPP(uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty), LAUP(laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty), radio frequency probe, or orthognathic surgery.

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip / Palate occur when the right and left sides of the lips and roof of the mouth do not join properly during the early stages of pregnancy. Having a cleft lip along with not having a normal facial appearance can cause issues with the sucking motion during breast feeding and also speech development. Cleft palate occurs when there is a hole  or opening in either the soft palate( back of the mouth) or hard palate (front of the mouth). Seeing how the palate separates your mouth from your nose, having an opening can effect both breathing and speech.

Once a child is near the age of 10 a cleft lip surgery can be done repairing muscle function and maintaining a better cosmetic appearance. Treatment for cleft palate can happen between 8 to 19 months of age safely.

There are many services your Carlsbad oral surgeon and maxillofacial surgeon can do. Then main point is to find a DDS that has the years of experience and care to make sure your needs are addressed. So don’t go to any clinic, go to the best!

 

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