The one surgery that we get involved, that I get involved with basically is taking teeth out but also looking at recreating or rebuilding the bone structure that is there. For example, when we take a tooth out or several teeth out and we do nothing about it and we'll leave it alone, the bone is going to remodel and the bone is going to shrink. Over a little bit of time, we're going to lose a significant amount of bone that used to support the teeth. In today's world, we try to minimize that lose because most patients at some point will either will want to restore that. If we're going to talk about putting in implants or if we want to talk about doing a bridge, we need the support that was there.
When the tooth comes out, we generally will graft the site. We put some material in the site that will allow the bone to regenerate and rebuild back to almost its original form. We can use that to either give the denture more support or create a scaffolding for an implant to be placed. These are the things that we deal as far as oral surgery.
In dentistry, sometimes the problem can be seen all too easily. Dull, discolored smiles need teeth whitening, and missing teeth need a dental implant or dental bridge. Even pain and discomfort from toothaches and infected gums can help you see what the problem is. But what about the problems you can’t see? From having to remove a tooth to filling in the space left behind, Dr. Vareldzis is a Doctor of Dental Surgery and can use oral surgery to fix both seen and unseen problems. And along with his training from the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry, he knows how to return the proper look and function of your teeth.
Sadly, not all teeth can be saved. Tooth fillings and root canals can usually bring your teeth back from the brink, but not if the unseen problems have been ignored for far too long. When a tooth is too far gone or risks ruining the healthy teeth next to it, the only thing left to do is remove it. Thanks to the modern tools in our Medford, OR dental office, we can safely remove the failed tooth with a minimal amount of discomfort.
All teeth have roots that extend into the bone underneath. This is what holds your teeth in place. But what happens when a tooth falls out or has to be removed? The bone there can deteriorate, and the walls surrounding the hole where the root once was can crack or break. When this happens, a ridge augmentation can help. Dr. Vareldzis can graft bone material into the space where the root had been. This keeps the gum where it belongs and rebuilds the bone. Once healed, your revitalized bone and gums can allow for dental implants to be put in.
I think bone grafting is an amazing thing that we have today in dentistry which allows to recreate the scaffolding that we need basically for future restorative work. I think it's only been in the last 20 years that bone grafting has really excelled in materials that we have. It gives us, I guess, the ability to build up a bone ridge where in the past, we were just watch it deteriorate and lose support that we could utilize.
Gum disease is an infection in your gums. When caught in time, we can treat it and kill the bacteria before it causes serious harm. But when unseen and untreated, gum disease can not only make your teeth fall out, but it can also eat away at the bone underneath your teeth. Tiny holes can form in your jawbone, weakening your whole mouth. To fix this problem and restore your bone, tiny amounts of bone material are grafted under the gums. Not only will your jaw be strong again, but grafting can also prevent teeth loosened from gum disease from falling out.
If you’re suffering from gum disease and missing teeth, a sinus lift may help with the complications brought on by both. In this procedure, a small hole is purposefully made in the upper jawbone. This exposes the sinus membrane, which is slowly and carefully moved upward. Several millimeters of bone material is grafted into the space caused by the move, effectively lifting your sinus and adding more bone. Once healed, your bone will have the room and strength for a dental implant. And if your sinus cavity is too close to your jawbone, a sinus lift will move it enough so implants can be safely placed.
Oral surgery may sound like a drastic solution, but sometimes it’s the best way to fix severe dental problems. Call us today at 541-779-4196 or 541-773-4435 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment or speak with a member of our dental team.
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