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If you have jaw pain, a persistent toothache, or another ongoing dental concern, it’s possible that having oral surgery in Wayzata will help you find relief from a wide variety of problems affecting your mouth, teeth, or facial region.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is also known as dental surgery, and it’s a term used to describe any surgical procedure performed on the tissues in or around the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Maxillofacial surgery is performed on the face, head, or jaw. Orthognathic surgery, which is a type of jaw surgery that corrects alignment issues and other jaw irregularities, is also performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Our Oral Surgery Services
You may need treatment from an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you require a procedure that goes beyond the expertise and training of a general dentist. Take a look at some of the oral surgery services we provide:
Tooth extraction is a common procedure that may be recommended when a tooth is so severely affected by infection, decay, or injury that it can’t be restored. The procedure may also be required if one or more teeth are poorly positioned, affecting the alignment of other teeth, or in the case of wisdom teeth, when there’s not enough room for them to emerge properly. Teeth also may be removed to make enough space for orthodontic treatment. The cost of this procedure will vary based on the unique needs of each patient, which can include how many teeth are being extracted and the complexity of the procedure.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis
To help manage your overall health, we also provide screening for oral cancer. This is an important service that is recommended for everyone, even if you’ve never smoked or used tobacco products. In many cases, there are no obvious symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
During the oral cancer screening, we’ll carefully examine your mouth for specific warning signs, such as mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, white or red patches on your gums or anywhere in your mouth, swollen lymph nodes, and jaw pain or stiffness. When oral cancer is diagnosed early, your chances of a successful recovery are greatly increased. If oral cancer is suspected, we’ll take a tissue sample and send it to a laboratory for an accurate diagnosis. If oral cancer is diagnosed, we will discuss treatment options.
Oral pathology is a specialized field involving the diagnosis and treatment of any disease affecting the facial muscles, salivary glands, mouth, jaws, and other similar areas. The tissue lining the inside of your mouth is called mucosa, and there are a variety of abnormalities that can affect these soft tissues. With the help of our board-certified oral surgeon, any irregularities or noticeable changes in these tissues can be quickly diagnosed so an effective treatment plan can be designed. The following can be signs of dental conditions requiring oral pathology:
- White or red patches
- Palatal cysts
- Geographic tongue
- Sores that bleed
- Hairy tongue
- Prolonged hoarseness or sore throat
To treat these types of issues and restore your oral health, we’ll use a variety of methods, including antibiotics and surgery.
IV sedation is part of “sleep dentistry” and is a sedation dentistry method we use to ensure that patients feel comfortable during their procedure, whether they’re coming to our office for a tooth extraction or oral pathology treatment. Our oral surgeon has the training and experience necessary to provide effective IV sedation. Although medications are typically administered intravenously, you can expect to remain awake and be able to communicate throughout your procedure, unless you’re given general anesthesia.
If you need dental implants but lack the bone necessary to properly support the implant, you may need a sinus lift. This procedure is usually needed if you’ve lost teeth in the upper jaw, especially near the back teeth. During the procedure, an incision is made to add bone between the jaw and maxillary sinuses. This is located on both sides of the nose.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative procedure that aids in tissue regeneration. During the procedure, your own blood is used to promote the healing of injured ligaments, muscles, and other parts of the body. This can also include areas of the mouth and jaw. Platelet rich plasma can be used by your oral surgeon to support tissue restoration and reduce bleeding during a variety of procedures, such as tooth extractions and jaw surgery.
If you’re considering having oral surgery in Wayzata, look no further than our office for compassionate, quality patient care. You can depend on our experienced team to keep you comfortable throughout every step of your treatment.
The next time you’re asking, “Where can I receive dental surgery near me?” just contact our office to speak to a member of our friendly staff who will be happy to make an appointment for you.