Demystifying Oral Surgery

July 9, 2023by Office Staff

Are you wondering what oral surgery involves or what qualifies as oral surgery? Look no further! We’re here to walk you through everything you need to know about oral surgery at Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery, often referred to as oral and maxillofacial surgery, is a specialized field in dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and defects in the oral and maxillofacial region. This includes the mouth, jaws, face, and neck. Oral surgeons complete an additional four to six years of training beyond dental school, allowing them to perform a variety of surgical procedures involving both soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (teeth and bone).

What Qualifies as Oral Surgery?

There are several dental conditions that might warrant oral surgery. Let’s explore a few common procedures performed at Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry:

  1. Tooth Extractions: While our goal is always to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes an extraction is necessary, such as for severely decayed teeth, problematic wisdom teeth, or to make room for orthodontic treatment.
  2. Dental Implants: If you have missing teeth, dental implants can provide a sturdy and natural-looking replacement. This procedure involves inserting a titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as an artificial tooth root to support a crown.
  3. Oral Pathology: Oral surgery can diagnose and treat diseases of the mouth including oral cancer.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a groundbreaking procedure in dental and oral surgery that harnesses the body’s natural healing abilities. PRP, obtained from the patient’s own blood, is rich in growth factors that speed up the healing process. It is particularly useful in procedures like tooth extractions, dental implant surgery, and treatment of periodontal disease. The application of PRP can significantly enhance bone and soft tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, and decrease the risk of infections. This innovative approach not only expedites recovery but also improves overall treatment outcomes, offering patients an enhanced experience with less discomfort and downtime.

At Route 66 Smiles Family Dentistry, we are committed to offering top-notch oral surgery services to our patients. Our experienced team ensures a comfortable, safe, and successful surgical experience. If you believe you might benefit from oral surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment.

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At Route 66 Smiles, we believe that the best content comes from a collaborative effort. That's why our blog is not the voice of a single author but a symphony of voices from our administrative staff. Our team members come from various backgrounds within the dental industry, including seasoned dental professionals, knowledgeable administrative staff, and passionate oral health advocates. This diverse blend of experiences allows us to cover a wide array of topics, ensuring that our content is not only comprehensive but also relatable to our readers. From the latest advancements in dental technology to tips for maintaining oral health and smile-friendly recipes, our blog offers something for everyone. Each blog post is a group effort. Ideas are often sparked in daily conversations, patient interactions, or staff meetings. These ideas are then nurtured by our team, with different members contributing their knowledge, research, and personal insights. This collaborative process ensures that our content is not only factual and up-to-date but also resonates with the real-life experiences of our patients.

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