Helping Treat Your Oral Pain
Oral Surgery For Different Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can occur at any given moment and many require immediate treatment. Dr. Acosta treats a wide range of problems in both adults and children. These can include:
- Tooth extraction
- Surgical procedures to aid orthodontic treatment
- Biopsy and treatment of cysts, tumors and growths of the jaw
- Treatment of infections
- Treatment of traumatic injuries to the teeth, jaws and facial bones including jaw and facial fractures
- Non-invasive treatment of TMH and facial pain problems
If you are suffering a dental emergency and are in need of oral surgery, please call our office immediately.
Different Types of Oral Surgeries
Acosta Dental Arts, PA treats patients in the cities of North Palm Beach and Juno Beach, offering a free smile assessment to every new patient that walks through the door. The following are different types of oral surgery procedures that patients may need done in order to alleviate their dental pain.
When you are missing teeth, the jaw bone is more susceptible to deterioration, and can shrink over time. This is a problem in its own right, especially if you are considering or are in need of dental implants. Since the bone needs to be strong enough to support the implant, patients in these situations are not suitable candidates for dental implants.
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of the proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functional and aesthetic appearance. The bone graft oral surgery procedures are referred to as:
- Bone Grafting (Trauma)
- Sinus lift procedure
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank, or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites.
Sinus lift procedure
The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms, and some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this bone.
There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. Dr. Acosta enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the patient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabilized in this new sinus bone.
The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option other than wearing loose dentures. If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the Sinus Augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25 at the back of the mouth. They are commonly extracted when they affect other teeth – this is known as “impacted wisdom teeth”. Wisdom teeth can grow unnoticed until they start to cause issues in the mouth. When the wisdom teeth become an issue, for example all four, they can either be removed all at once or be broken up into two oral surgery procedures depending on your state of comfort.
Oral Surgery in North Palm Beach and Juno Beach
For more complicated procedures Dr. Acosta will recommend an oral surgeon. If you are seeking a dentist for any of the above oral surgery procedures, contact the Acosta Dental Arts office at 561-622-0301 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment with Dr. Acosta.