Often times when we experience dental trauma, disease or tooth loss, the bone around the teeth is destroyed. In order to rehabilitate your jaw, bone grafting is required.
Depending on the situation, bone grafts will allow Dr. Quintero to have adequate space to place a future dental implant or restore and reinforce bone around your natural teeth. Typically, bone grafting will require 4 to 6 months for the bone to fully mature, but only several weeks of initial healing.
Without a bone graft after an extraction, you can loose 66% of the jaw bone width in 3 months!
Dr. Quintero is versed in a multitude of surgeries types and techniques. He will speak with you about options to save, or if needed, replace teeth. A full mouth exam with x-rays will help to determine what your needs are.
Dr. Quintero will walk you through your treatment plan to rejuvenate your mouth again. He will discuss the surgery, what to expect the day of, how to prepare, and things to know about the recovery.
Our practice offers local anesthesia to numb the surgical area and sedation to keep you calm and relaxed during treatment. We can discuss how sedation will make you feel and if it’s the right option for you.
If under sedations, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment the day of your surgery. Dr. Quintero will make specific recommendations, but you should plan for a day off and to have someone be with you for the rest of the day after your surgery.
Give yourself a few days to heal after surgery. Swelling and discomfort for the next 24-96 hours can normal. Keep your head elevated and use ice packs to reduce swelling. Take any medications as directed by your doctor. And stick to a soft food diet as directed after surgery.
Bone grafts, or bone tissue transplants, are used to repair weak, fractured or traumatized bones within the body. The most common use of bone grafting is in preparation of placing a dental implant.
After tooth loss, the jaw begins to deteriorate. This weakened jaw bone needs to be strengthened in order to properly support the post of a dental implant. Bone grafting uses processed bone minerals that stimulate bone growth and the formation of new bone. Healing and recovery from the surgery is similar to that of a tooth extraction, but it will take 4 to 6 months for bone mass to generate.
A sinus lift (also known as a sinus graft, sinus augmentation, or sinus procedure) is a surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. This is the space between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses on either side of your nose.
Tooth loss can cause a collapse of the socket, which leads to a loss in height and width of the surrounding bone, as well as a loss in overall volume of the bone. A sinus lift will graft extra bone to the maxillary sinus, allowing a dental implant to be successfully placed and your smile to be restored.
Alveoloplasty is a common dental procedure in which the alveolar ridge (the small protuberance just behind the upper front teeth) is surgically smoothed and/or re-contoured. It may be a stand-alone procedure following a tooth extraction, or performed to prepare a patient for a denture or dental implant. The recontouring results in a more suitable shape for the dental implant or prosthetic, reducing complications, increasing longevity, and improving the stability of the dental appliance as well as maintaining overall patient comfort.
Tori are extra bone deposits that can form in your upper or lower jawbones. Extra bone found in the hard palate is called “torus palatinus”. Tori found on the lower jaw are called mandibular tori.
Most tori are benign (non-cancerous) and don’t require any treatment. In fact, tori usually need to be removed for two reasons: 1. If food is getting trapped in the mouth because of tori, your doctor will recommend a tori removal procedure. Impacted food can be detrimental to your oral health, and in some cases, a hazard. 2. If a patient is in need of a full or partial denture, their tori will likely need to be removed to ensure a comfortable and complete fit of the dental prosthetic.
The most common dental surgery is a tooth extraction.
Yes! The body is amazing and has the capacity to regenerate. However, everyone does not heal at the same rate or degree so sometimes adjunctive surgeries are needed to repair the jaw bone to its fullest potential.
It completely depends on the procedure and the complexity of your case. Simpler procedures, such as tooth extractions, can take minutes; more time may be needed to properly sedate you. Complex procedures, like placing dental implants for a full arch or teeth, can take hours. Your periodontal surgeon will give you a thorough explanation of the procedure, tell you how to properly prepare, and let you know what to expect on the day.
The cost of periodontal surgery varies from procedure to procedure. Similar to time commitment, simpler surgeries will be less expensive and complex surgeries will be more expensive. If your dental insurance does not cover your surgery, consider loans or a payment plan to get the care you need.
Possibly, depending on your insurance provider and coverage. You should talk to your dental and medical insurance providers to see if your recommended oral surgery is covered. It may also be worthwhile to file your claim with both your dental insurance provider and your medical insurance provider, since the surgery may qualify as a medically necessary procedure.
The average recovery time for most surgeries is only 4 days.