Oral Surgery

Compassion and Technology

Compassionate care combined with state of the art equipment and techniques are values to which we adhere.  When it comes to oral surgery, isn’t that what you should expect?  Listed below is a selection of surgical options offered at Origin Dental.

This technology has progressed dramatically with today’s methods being fairly routine and predictable. A titanium or zirconium implant (artificial root) is surgically placed in the jawbone then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone.  Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, Dr. Toler places a crown fitted to the implant. The final result is a natural looking, comfortable and functional “tooth”.

 

Sometimes teeth just need to be replaced.  When that happens, Dr. Toler uses the highest quality biocompatible materials to ensure your procedure is done with accuracy and care.  

 

Dental implants were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark.  Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures.  Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth.  Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

 

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Anterior (incisors & canines) Replacement
  • Posterior (premolars & molars) Replacement
  • Full Upper and Lower Replacement
  • Denture support

 

The root implant is the most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth.  This implant is often as strong as the patient’s original tooth.  

 

A Dental Implant supported denture is a wonderful way to give your lower denture a more stable and solid feel.  It is especially helpful if your lower jawbone has receded to the point it no longer can support a conventional denture with stability.  

 

Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant.  Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jawbones to gradually recede.  Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed.  Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants.  Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.  

The use of Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a simple chairside procedure which:

  • Reduces bleeding
  • Facilitates tissue regeneration
  • Enhances soft tissue healing
  • Improves bone regeneration

 

It is highly valuable to promote healing with dental implant surgeries, periodontal surgeries and tooth extractions.  PRP/PRF is found especially helpful in aging patients.  PRP/PRF derives from the centrifugation of the patient’s own blood, which is drawn and applied in the same office visit.  It contains growth factors that influence wound healing, thereby playing an important role in tissue repairing mechanisms.  

 

The use of PRP and PRF in surgical practice has beneficial outcomes by reducing bleeding and enhancing soft tissue healing and bone regeneration. During wound healing, platelets are among the first cells to respond at a wound site, being critical to the initiation of this process. Besides their procoagulant effects, platelets form a rich source of important growth factors, which assists in hard and soft tissue wound healing.  Since PRP and PRF are free from potential risks for patients, not difficult to obtain and use,  it can be employed as a valid adjunct in many surgical procedures.
Information sourced from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

During your meeting with Dr. Toler, it may be decided your tooth needs to be removed.  Possible reasons for removal may include:

 

  • Severe decay
  • Broken beyond repair
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Impacted or poorly positioned
  • Presence of infection

 

Removal of one or more teeth can have a dramatic affect on how you chew, how your other teeth are positioned and how your jaw performs. All of these concerns can have a major impact on your dental health.

To help determine the best option for you and your health, please discuss alternatives to extractions with Dr. Toler to avoid unnecessary complications.  

Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma.  Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction or be required in order to maximize a positive outcome for your dental implant placement since implants require the bone to be as close to its original form as possible.  

 

Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important.  The jaw and other facial bones support the muscle and skin that are responsible for our outward cosmetic appearance. Without the support of the underlying bone, our faces can look prematurely aged.

 

In most cases, bone grafts are minimally invasive interventions that can be easily managed in an office setting.