Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery

Sometimes more serious dental procedures are needed to remove damaged teeth, correct a misaligned bite, or prepare for an implant. Dr. Rodriguez strives to provide the best care possible for your oral surgery needs. Below is a list of some of the more common procedures that Dr. Rodriguez preforms:

Bone Augmentation

If you are looking to get a dental implant, Dr. Rodriguez will do an evaluation to determine the amount of available bone space above the implant site. The recommend measurements of bone are 5 mm in width and 7 mm. If more bone is needed, an augmentation is used to create more solid bone for the implant to anchor. Typically, bone grafts or processed bone is used to build up the area near the implant site. This bone can be safely taken from various sites within the jaw or mouth. After six to nine months the new bone has hardened and is ready for the implant.

Sinus Lifts

For some implant candidates, a sinus lift and bone augmentation are needed to provide the correct amount of space for a bone graft to properly anchor the implant. Dr. Rodriguez uses the necessary anesthesia to numb the area above the implant site then surgically lifts the sinus membrane to create the space needed to plant the bone graft. After planting the bone graft material, the incision is then stitched back up and is left to heal and fuse for approximately six months.

Full Face Reconstruction

Many people do not realize the full impact your bite has on your other facial features. If your bite is misaligned you could be causing damage to your surrounding muscle and bone structures. Over bites and misaligned bites can create square jaw lines and wrinkles. As people age, the lower arch collapses inward and teeth wear down. When this happens patients jaws shorten creating deep lines and wrinkles. Traditionally, patients needed a full facial reconstruction experience other painful symptoms such as grinding, clicking jaws, or discomfort. Dr. Rodriguez has fixed these issues on a number of patients by analyzing the entire facial structure and realigning any incorrect teeth or misplaced jaw joints (TMJ). Full facial reconstructions use dental procedures to reverse this aging process making your face look and feel younger by creating a harmony between your bite and jaw structure. Fixing this balance can give increased support to your cheeks, face and lips as well as correct painful TMJ issues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The most common oral surgery patients have is wisdom teeth removal procedures. The third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They typically appear between the ages of  17 and 26. They are located in the back of the mouth on the top and bottom.  In most cases, there is not enough space in the mouth for these teeth to come in properly. This results in the wisdom teeth to come in impacted or stuck in an incorrect position. If left untreated impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections, cysts, or damage to other teeth. Wisdom teeth can also cause crowding and push your other straight teeth out of position.

During regular dental checkup Dr. Rodriguez will evaluate if your wisdom teeth need to be removed by a panoramic x-ray. Using this x-ray, he will see if your wisdom teeth are impacted or damaging the nearby teeth. Should they need to be removed Dr. Rodriguez can preform a basic surgery to extract them. It is recommended that patients get their wisdom teeth removed while they are young before the roots have fully formed or grow near the nerves. Typically, wisdom teeth removal is done under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia. If necessary any gum tissue covering the wisdom teeth will be removed to expose the teeth. The teeth will be removed and the tissue will be stitched back up. Since healing time varies from case to case Dr. Rodriguez can give you a more accurate expectation for healing time.