Alveolar Onlay Grafts
Alveolar onlay grafts may be used to recreate the bone where teeth have been missing for a long time or an area where an infected tooth has caused destruction to the bone. The alveolar onlay graft is done to prepare for dental implants. We will use the bone from your chin or wisdom tooth areas and fit the graft to lie over the area of bone deficiency. The bone will be placed with special screws that will be removed when the implant is placed. If bone deficit is extremely present the doctor may need to extract bone from a larger bone such as your hip in order to completely restore the jaw bone and shape.
You must allow the bone graft to heal and completely fuse with the jaw bone, which can take several months. When healing is complete, your surgeon will place the dental implant, and then your general dentist will complete the process by attaching the crown on the implant.
Be sure to talk with your oral surgeon and family dentist to answer any questions you may have about this procedure. Call O'Fallon Family Dental Care at 618-628-1646.
Damage to the jawbone can be caused in areas where there are missing teeth. The jawbone can deteriorate and change the facial structure and make it unsuitable for a dental implant. Today’s technology can repair the inadequate bone in preparation for dental implants through bone grafting, restoring functionality and esthetic appearance.Read more about Bone Grafting
Sometimes your dentist needs to numb a part of your mouth. He or she injects medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic that dentists use, but there are many others.
There are two kinds of numbing injections. A block injection numbs an entire region of your mouth, such as one side of your lower jaw. An infiltration injection numbs a smaller area. This is the area near where the injection was given.
If you need local anesthesia in order to have your dental treatment done, your dentist will dry part of your mouth with air or cotton. Many dentists then swab the area with a gel to numb the skin. Then your dentist will slowly inject the local anesthetic. Most people don't feel the needle. Instead, the sting they feel is caused by the anesthetic moving into the tissue. An injection of local anesthesia can last up to several hours.
We'll make sure your dental procedures are as pain-free as possible. Call O'Fallon Family Dental Care at 618-628-1646 to schedule an appointment.
Oral pathology is the specialty of dentistry and discipline of pathology that deals with the nature, identification and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions (the mouth and jaw areas). It is a science that investigates the causes, processes and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical or other examinations.
Sometimes trauma, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth and tooth decay can be too significant, and despite our best efforts to save the tooth, extractions may be necessary and the only option. No one wants to lose a tooth, but here at O'Fallon Family Dental Care, we will make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your dentist needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and requires stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It's important to closely follow your dentist's aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid any complications.
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today's modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. Afterward, you and your dentist can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function and beauty to your smile.
Your dentist at O'Fallon Family Dental Care can determine if you need a surgical tooth extraction. Call us at today 618-628-1646.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Most people need their wisdom teeth removed because there isn’t enough space for them to come in properly. They tend to come in at an angle or they don’t fully emerge. Third molars (the wisdom teeth) routinely damage the teeth right next door, called second molars. When wisdom teeth come in sideways like this, it throws off your bite, creates an area where food gets caught, decays both of the teeth and can even cause a painful infection. Dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem and to avoid a more complicated surgery.Read more about Wisdom Teeth Removal