Many types of dental procedures are surgical in nature. If you are looking for a dentist near Winston-Salem, Eden, Reidsville, Charlotte, Mebane, Raleigh, or Durham with the skills and experience to perform dental surgery, you are in luck. Triad Dentistry is located in Greensboro, NC with a team of exceptional dentists offering a full range of services, both surgical and nonsurgical.
If you are missing teeth, there are many nonsurgical options available to you, such as a dental bridge or standard denture. Although many patients are happy with those types of restorations, they are not trouble-free. Some people are displeased with the difficulties of cleaning under a bridge, discomfort of loose dentures, or generally less-than-ideal look and feel of those appliances. For these and many other reasons, implants are the most recommended tooth replacement solution.
Dental implants do require oral surgery. However, there is no need to worry. The procedure is straightforward and has a high rate of success when performed by a skilled dentist. Contrary to most patients’ expectations, there is very little discomfort during recovery. Although it actually takes a few months for the bone to completely heal and fuse with the implant, that process is generally painless. Post-treatment swelling or soreness is usually associated with the very small incision that is made in your gums, which heals very quickly.
There are several surgical procedures involving gum tissue, which may be performed for cosmetic or restorative purposes. Common types of gum surgeries include:
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The common procedure for removing a tooth is very straightforward, which is why it’s known as simple extraction. However, wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that all or part of the tooth remains below the gumline. In this situation, your dentist is not able to grasp the tooth with an instrument to simply “pull” it. The same problem occurs if a tooth is broken off or decayed below the gumline. In these cases, surgical extraction is necessary.
Surgical extraction begins with numbing the area, and then creating an opening in the gums to access the tooth. Some bony tissue may be removed as well. Once the tooth is exposed, your dentist will use special instruments to remove it in one or several pieces.
Although this is a more complex procedure than simple extraction, it is very common, and our dentists have extensive experience with excellent outcomes. In fact, surgical removal of problematic wisdom teeth is the most common type of oral surgery that we perform in our office.
A healthy tooth root provides necessary stimulation that triggers bone regeneration. Therefore, once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area begins decreasing, a process known as resorption. People who have been missing teeth for some time might not have enough bone tissue to support implants. Additionally, advanced periodontal disease can attack the bone. Therefore, people who lost their teeth to untreated periodontal disease might have insufficient quality or quantity of bone.
Grafting is an effective way to augment the bone tissue, restoring a strong and healthy foundation for implants. There are several techniques. A bit of bone tissue may be taken from a donor site, such as your hip, and grafted in the mouth. More commonly, we use an artificial grafting material, which your body accepts as if it were actual bone tissue.
Although bone grafting might sound like a complex and painful procedure, it is usually quite uncomplicated. It may take a few months for the bone to be strong enough for implant placement, but soreness and other post-treatment effects usually fade within a couple of weeks. The exact timeline and recovery will vary from one patient to the next, depending on your overall health and the extent of the graft.
The process begins with an in-depth consultation with one of our skilled dentists. We will perform an examination and review your medical history in order to determine if oral surgery is appropriate. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will explain the procedure, risks, benefits, expected outcome, and any viable treatment alternatives.
With the extensive skills of our dental team, most oral surgeries are performed right here in our office. However, certain complex or rare procedures will be referred to a qualified specialist. Every situation is unique, and our recommendation is always based on your best interests. If you are scheduled for dental surgery here in our office, we will provide complete pre-treatment instructions in advance.
The recovery time and potential side effects vary, depending on the type of oral surgery you undergo. You will be given care instructions, such as how to clean the area and any activity restrictions. A soft food diet is recommended immediately after most surgeries, for your comfort and to protect the healing area.
Smile care shouldn’t hurt! We use local anesthetic coupled with gentle techniques to prevent pain during surgeries and other dental treatment. However, we also understand that some people have low pain tolerance, dental fear, or general anxiety about even minor surgeries. Additionally, some surgical procedures can involve lengthy appointments, which may be unpleasant. That is why we offer several sedation options, so that you can enjoy your ideal level of relaxation during treatment.
Dr. Hatcher has had an unwavering commitment to excellence from the beginning of his career. He began with a solid educational background, which he has built on with countless hours in continuing education and advanced studies. Coupled with years of hands-on experience and remarkable attention to detail, he has developed a level of clinical and artistic excellence that impresses patients and colleagues alike. He applied this same elevated standard of excellence when choosing team members, only working with dentists, assistants, and hygienists who share his passion for perfection and patient satisfaction.
Although most oral surgeries are minor procedures with low risk of complications, we understand the importance of a positive patient experience, rapid healing, and an excellent outcome. Therefore, dental surgery is approached with the same diligence that major surgery would be. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment,