Oral Surgery Procedures
Long Island Oral surgery encompasses a wide assortment of procedures that may occur in a dental office. While most types of general surgery require waiting lists and referrals and meetings with anesthesiologists, getting an oral surgery procedure performed is often both more straightforward and specialized. Oral surgery can help treat many different types of conditions, including tooth impaction, dental extractions, implants, and even bone grafting. If you have recently been told that you require oral surgery, then there is a good chance that you will meet the skilled and capable team here at Progressive Oral Surgery & Implantology of Long Island for your procedure.
Wisdom TeethOne reason a patient may require surgical extraction is if they have an impacted wisdom tooth. For many of us, our wisdom teeth may grow in normally and do not require intervention. However, if the tooth becomes impacted (which means that it will not erupt normally), then we do have to remove it. Other reasons we may need to remove your wisdom tooth if it has sustained severe decay or is crowding other teeth.
Your wisdom teeth are not the only ones that can become impacted. Your canines are the second most likely type of tooth to suffer from impaction. Surgery to expose these teeth (also known as your “eye teeth” or your “cuspids”) can include cutting into your gum tissue to expose the tooth, or it may be more advanced. We may have to perform an extraction on any tooth that may be blocking it, and some orthodontic work may be required to help expose the impacted canine.
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Tooth ExtractionsYour wisdom teeth are not the only ones that can become impacted. Your canines are the second most likely type of tooth to suffer from impaction. Surgery to expose these teeth (also known as your “eye teeth” or your “cuspids”) can include cutting into your gum tissue to expose the tooth, or it may be more advanced. We may have to perform an extraction on any tooth that may be blocking it, and some orthodontic work may be required to help expose the impacted canine.
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Bone GraftingBone grafting is a surgical procedure that is used to fix problems associated with the bone or joints. It involves transplanting bone tissue, and in the field of dentistry, it is most commonly completed so that there is enough bone available to support dental implants.
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Jaw Surgery We often see jaw surgery patients in our office, too. Reasons you may require jaw surgery include poor bite alignment or any other number of jaw or dental problems. Jaw surgery can correct deformities present at birth or issues that may have arisen later in life. It can help with issues with biting and chewing, pain associated with TMJ (temporomandibular jaw disorder), either a receding or a protruding jaw, difficulty closing the mouth, and even issues associated with sleep apnea.
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Facial TraumaOral and maxillofacial surgeons work to treat a variety of facial injuries. These professionals need to be highly skilled in emergency care, treatment methods for acute injuries, and long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction. While proper treatment is obviously critical for physical reasons, the emotional health of the patient is also at stake after an injury to the face.
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Impacted CaninesIf your dentist has used the term "impacted" in regards to your canines, you might not be sure what exactly that means. An impacted tooth is one that is "stuck" and unable to erupt through the gums in order to function as intended. This often happens with the third molars, otherwise known as the wisdom teeth.
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Oral Pathology We also often encounter patients who have sustained disease or trauma to their mouths. We are quite knowledgeable in the area of oral pathology and can help treat and remedy a variety of infections, diseases, and illnesses in the mouth. We can help aid in the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer, for instance. We can also treat advanced periodontal disease. For patients who have had trauma to their face, this damage can reach into their mouth and the surrounding region. Procedures that we perform can help treat injuries to the upper and jaw, your teeth, the orbit (the area around your eyes), and cuts and lacerations to those areas and the mouth.
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Cleft Lip & PalateWe perform surgery on patients who may have problems with a cleft lip or palate, which occurs when there is an opening in the lips and the roof of the mouth (the soft palate). Cleft lip is one of the more common birth defects, and we usually perform surgery on the child before they are a year old.
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3D ImagingOne of our best diagnostic tools is our 3D imaging machine. Our CS 9300 gives us a comprehensive look inside your mouth, allowing us to treat and diagnose you with better accuracy. This device is superior to conventional X-rays and gives us a better view of the anatomy and structure of your mouth. We use our 3D imaging to provide you with superior care and treatment.
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Dental ImplantsOne of the more common procedures we perform here are dental implants. When a person sustains tooth loss, they may be seeking a more permanent and natural alternative to dentures or other prosthetic devices. Implants help provide that option to you. If you have lost just one tooth, you may be a good candidate for a single implant, but if you have lost many teeth, you may require multiple teeth implants.
For our patients who have lost all of their teeth, they may be a good candidate for All on 4 dental implants, which requires less surgery and may not require bone graft surgery. Unlike dentures or partials, implants are surgically placed into your jawbone directly on a titanium post. All on 4 implants require just four posts per arch, making it less invasive but still appearing natural. If you have sustained severe bone loss, you may require bone graft surgery to help regenerate missing jaw bone before we can place these implants.
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Questions about the Surgical Procedures we offer?As oral surgeons, we see many different things in our office on a daily basis, ranging from the traumatic to the routine. If you are interested in learning more about the various surgical procedures that we perform in our office, or if you have an appointment scheduled and have questions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Progressive Oral Surgery & Implantology of Long Island today!