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How can oral surgery services benefit you?
At New Castle Dental Associates, our general dentists have been providing oral surgery services for decades. Our experienced dentists can extract teeth, remove wisdom teeth, place dental implants, provide oral cancer screenings, and perform more services right in the comfort of our own office. It’s one more way we can make your trip to the dentist as easy and convenient as possible.
Here’s a look at some of the oral surgery services we provide:
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
This a common surgical procedure that involves the removal of the wisdom teeth, which are the molars that usually emerge after the age of 17. Most people have these teeth extracted when they start causing dental problems, but others never need to have them removed at all. Luckily, the procedure is easier than ever. The cost of removing your wisdom teeth will be based on the amount of extractions needed and the treatment required to ensure a painless procedure.
Your wisdom teeth will need to be extracted if:
- They are erupting through the gums at a strange angle.
- They are too large to properly fit in your jaw.
- They are causing damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, or jawbone.
Our dentist will remove a tooth if it is damaged or decayed to the point that it cannot be saved. You may also need a tooth extraction if you have a tooth that is crowding others, knocking them out of alignment. The cost of this procedure will vary depending on how easy it is to remove.
Oral Cancer Screenings for Diagnosis
Oral cancer is on the rise. More than 45,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year and the risk factors may not be what you expect. Cigarettes and tobacco products, alcohol, HPV infection, and sun exposure can all cause oral cancer. And almost 10 percent of people with oral cancer have no known risk factors at all.
Oral cancer frequently does not have any symptoms in the early stages, which is why it’s important to be screened at your dental appointment. When diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is above 80%. When found late, the survival rate drops to 50%, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Our dentists use a painless method to illuminate the mouth to check for lesions, bumps, changes in the vasculature (blood vessels), and other abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye. Early detection saves lives. Talk to our dentist about the risk of oral cancer when you come in for your first visit.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to injury or disease, it can be replaced with a dental implant. Implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as the root of a missing tooth to maintain the health of your jawbone and attach to a dental crown. Implants can enhance your appearance, prevent teeth from shifting in your mouth, preserve facial proportions, and decrease facial sagging. The cost of a dental implant will reflect the materials used to create it and the number of implants you need. It may cost more than other treatment options, but it’s worth it to protect your dental health.
Pre-orthodontic Surgical Procedures
If you’re getting braces, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend you have specific teeth removed in order to make room for the other teeth to be properly aligned. Our general dentists in New Castle can extract the teeth in the comfort of our office, as well as perform other pre-orthodontic surgical procedures such as exposing permanent teeth that are covered by your gum line so there is room to attach the bracket.
This surgery is performed before you receive prosthetic teeth such as dentures. Our general dentists can perform pre-prosthetic surgery services such as tooth extractions, bone grafts, or the removal of bony lumps (tori). Best of all, our general dentists can create the denture for you, too. It’s convenient when you can receive the dental care you need all under one roof.
Treatment for TMJ and TMD
These procedures focus on jaw disorders that can cause major headaches, earaches, and impact the use of your jaw. TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint that allows the skull and lower jaw to function, while TMD, known as temporomandibular disorder, refers to a problem with this joint. Dentists sometimes suggest non-surgical TMJ treatment options like physical therapy and medications before recommending jaw surgery, but it depends on the severity of the case. TMJ is sometimes mistakenly called lockjaw, which is a life-threatening disease that requires medical rather than dental treatment.