At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, our team of highly skilled oral surgeons provides a range of oral surgery services. Did you know there are more than 300 diseases that can affect the areas of the mouth? Our board-certified oral surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating these health concerns, and are here to help you avoid any issues from worsening. You can count on our team to treat you with compassion and understanding!
What to Expect
Before beginning a procedure, we’ll bring you in for a consultation where we’ll review your medical history, your oral health, and your treatment options. We’ll also perform a visual examination and take any necessary X-rays. Depending on your oral surgery needs, we may be able to perform the procedure that day or will need to schedule you for a future appointment.
To ensure your comfort during oral surgery, we offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and IV anesthesia. On the day of your procedure, we’ll check your vital signs, administer the appropriate anesthesia, and complete the procedure. Afterwards, we’ll give you post-op care instructions to guide you on a smooth, fast healing process. We’ll have you return to our office approximately one week after your procedure to check on your recovery.
Pre & Post-Op Care
Before your oral surgery, we’ll discuss what form of sedation we’re using and provide you with instructions for eating beforehand. If you’re going under IV sedation, please refrain from eating after midnight the day before your surgery. For oral conscious sedation, fasting approximately six hours before your procedure is fine. We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothes to your appointment to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Most dental surgeries are outpatient procedures and allow you to go home the very same day. Immediately following your oral surgery, please arrange to have someone drive you home as the effects of anesthesia may take some time to wear off. Depending on what procedure you have done, we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and any necessary pain medication. Rest assured, our board certified oral surgeon and team is committed to helping you have a comfortable, speedy recovery.
X-Nav Dynamic Surgical Guidance
We are proud to be one of the first dental offices in the region to adopt the use of X-Nav dynamic surgical guidance. Combining the technologies of cone-beam CT scanning and stereotactic guidance, our board-certified surgeon, Dr. David Lambert, is able to perform traditional oral and implant surgery with a degree of accuracy not otherwise available. The implications are for safer, less invasive surgery with little added cost. With X-Nav technology, surgical implant placement and bone grafting can now often be accomplished without the need to make an incision. We are proud to say that we are at the forefront of contemporary surgical care at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry. Call to schedule your appointment today!
Dr. Lambert using X-Nav Guidance for less-invasive oral surgery
We only recommend a tooth extraction after we have considered all other alternatives first. You may require a tooth extraction if you have a severe infection, serious damage from trauma/injury, impacted wisdom teeth, or overcrowding. The nature of your tooth extraction procedure will depend on the location, size, and position of the tooth being removed. Before your procedure, we’ll discuss your anesthesia and sedation options so that you can enjoy a stress-free procedure.
Third Molar/Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to come in, often erupting during someone’s teens or mid-20’s. When a wisdom tooth is blocked and unable to come in fully, it’s referred to as impacted. Leaving an impacted wisdom tooth untreated can result in damage to nearby teeth as well as pain and inflammation. It’s generally advised to get wisdom teeth removed before they become impacted and potentially cause more oral health concerns.
A dental implant is a small post that serves a replacement root for a missing tooth. It is then topped with a porcelain crown that resembles the appearance of a natural tooth, restoring your smile’s function and appearance. During the dental implant procedure, we surgically place the implant post into your jawbone where your tooth was missing. Once that area has healed and the bone has fused with the implant, we attach the dental crown.
If your sinuses are located too close to your jaw for us to place a dental implant, then we can perform a sinus lift procedure. This surgery involves lifting the sinus membrane to make room for adding bone to the upper jaw (around where your premolars and molars are). Once our skilled oral surgeons have completed the procedure, you’ll be able to continue through with your dental implant treatment.
Similar to wisdom teeth, canines (the longer/pointier front teeth) can also become impacted, or unable to grow out completely. More than just affecting the way your smile looks, this condition can also put you at risk of developing abscesses or experiencing root damage. We can guide canine teeth back into place with a minor oral surgery.
The bone and supporting tissue around teeth can deteriorate over time for a variety of reasons, such as gum disease and losing teeth. Certain restorative dental procedures call for healthy bone so that they can be completely successfully. With a bone graft, we can stimulate the bone tissue to help it regrow and prepare for the next step of your treatment. The procedure is minimally invasive and requires a few weeks of healing time.
Dental Incision & Drainage
A dental infection can lead to oral swelling, not to mention it can also spread to other areas of your body and put you at risk of life-threatening illness. During a dental incision and drainage procedure, we make a small incision in the affected area and then drain and clean the area. We may also give you a prescription for an antibiotic medication to assist with the healing process.
A tori is an excess bone growth in the arch of your mouth that develops due to irritation, teeth grinding, or malocclusion (improper tooth alignment). It can affect your oral hygiene, and it may interfere with wearing certain dental appliances. With oral surgery, we can remove the tori and reshape the area to alleviate that discomfort.
Have more questions about our oral surgery services? Want to schedule a consultation? Call Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry today!
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