2725 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 700
Buford, GA 30519

(770) 932-8577

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is the area of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of diseases, conditions  and injuries affecting the head, neck and  jaws. It is a very diverse specialty itself. We limit our oral surgery services to non-impacted (exposed) tooth extractions. If your case is a more complex one, you will be referred  to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Even with all the advances in dentistry, there are still teeth that need to be extracted for different reasons, including:

  • Severely decayed teeth
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Pre-orthodontic reasons
  • Lack of space and poor positioning (wisdom teeth)

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Luperon will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

The preparation of your mouth before the placement of a prosthesis is referred to as pre-prosthetic surgery. In order to ensure the maximum level of comfort and to obtain the best functional and aesthetic results, some patients may require some oral surgical procedures before receiving their final restorations. For example, a denture sits on the bone ridge, so it is very important that the bone be the proper shape and size. If a tooth needs to be extracted, the underlying bone might be left sharp and uneven. For the best fit of a denture, the bone might need to be smoothed out or reshaped. Occasionally, excess bone would need to be removed prior to denture insertion. Another example would be pre-prosthetic surgeries needed prior to the fabrication of crowns and veneers. In these cases, pre-prosthetic surgeries help to recreate a symmetrical and naturally looking smile, enhancing the tooth ”gums” ratio.

One or more of the following procedures might need to be performed in order to prepare your mouth for your new restorations:

  • Bone smoothing and reshaping
  • Removal of excess bone
  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Removal of excess gum tissue
  • Exposure of impacted teeth
  • Frenectomies
  • Crown lengthening
Some of these procedures are minor surgeries and can be performed in our facility. The more complex ones will be referred to either an oral surgeon or a periodontist. We will review your particular needs with you during your appointment.

 

By Bolivar Luperon