Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- We offer exodontia (tooth extraction) services when necessary providing the procedure is evaluated and determined to be uncomplicated to do the size, shape and condition of the roots and bone. otherwise we refer the patient to a local oral and maxillofacial surgeon for this service.
- Bone grafting is commonly performed immediately after tooth removal to prevent bone loss from occuring.
- During the first year after losing a tooth, bone in that area is rapidly broken down by the body and is lost resulting in a significant defect to the jaw. In the case where bone loss has already occurred, a graft can be placed to restore the defect that now exists.
- When a graft is placed there is very little change in bone height even years later.
- Today the graft procedure has gotten simpler to perform. We use processed bone to place the graft instead of the patient’s own bone that had to be harvested from another site in the mouth at the time of grafting.