Our specially trained professionals at Greenbelt Dental Associates know that oral surgery can be an intimidating dental procedure for a patient. That’s why we take extra strides to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Any procedure that involves artificially altering your mouth or jaw is considered oral surgery.
While general dentists are well qualified to perform certain types of oral surgery, there are more complex procedures that only oral surgeons can undertake. They have gone through four to eight additional years of training after dental school to specialize in oral surgery.
Dentists are well equipped to remove many types of teeth. Tooth extractions that are more complicated - like ones involving impacted wisdom teeth - require the expertise of an oral surgeon.
Greenbelt Dental Associates uses the most modern techniques to ensure that tooth extractions are done as safely and comfortably as possible.
Many people don’t have enough space in their mouths for their third molars. Since these teeth do not emerge until later in life - generally between the ages of 17 and 25 - they are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth.
It is best to pay attention early on to wisdom teeth to ensure they do not cause overcrowding or pain. Diagnostic radiography - like taking images with X-rays - along with regular dental visits can help keep track of the movement of wisdom teeth to determine if they need to be removed.
After 20 years of removing wisdom teeth, you can be confident that Greenbelt Dental Associates will pay close attention to your jaw and dental movement. We like to maintain active conversations with our patients regarding the steps that can be taken to ensure their smiles look great, perform optimally, and remain healthy.
Though a dentist or prosthodontist can attach a replacement tooth, an oral surgeon may first need to place the artificial root of the dental implant.
We pride ourselves on making our patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible. In fact, many patients experience either no or very little pain during and after the procedure.
If you are considering having dental implants placed, our friendly dental professionals at Greenbelt Dental Associates are here to review the process and options with you.
When other treatments do not produce the desired results, orthognathic surgery may be required. This type of surgery involves correcting problems with the jaw and face. Some issues that may be treated with orthognathic surgery include sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, and orthodontic problems.
Greenbelt Dental Associates works closely with orthodontists and other dental professionals in Greenbelt, Beltsville, Lanham, Riverdale, Hyattsville, Glenn Dale, and surrounding areas to deliver you the best orthognathic services possible.
After an accident, facial reconstruction may be needed to restore form and function. An oral surgeon may also perform facial reconstruction after the removal of certain tissues or teeth.
Depending on the situation, this type of procedure may be covered by your insurance carrier. Greenbelt Dental Associates accepts all PPOs and is glad to review possible payment options.
An orofacial cleft is an opening in the roof of the mouth and/or the lip. This birth defect is commonly referred to as a cleft palate or lip.
Treatment of an orofacial cleft may involve a number of other professionals in the field. Greenbelt Dental Associates has strong relationships with highly qualified specialists in the area. We aim to connect you with the right people so we can all work together to best address the orofacial cleft.
Oral surgeons are needed to remove a variety of oral tissue abnormalities including benign cysts, tumors, and cancerous growths.
Though during your regular dental appointment the dentist will perform a thorough inspection to determine if any abnormal oral tissue is present, it is important that you mention any issues that you may have been experiencing. A variety of oral tissue problems can be signs of more serious issues that may need to be addressed by an oral surgeon.
If abnormalities are detected the dentist may recommend taking a biopsy of the tissue. An oral surgeon may remove some or all of the tissue in question and have it tested to better diagnose the issue.
Proper personal oral care and regular dental appointments are a great way to detect and address many oral tissue abnormalities early on. By visiting Greenbelt Dental Associates regularly, we can establish historical records of your oral tissue to help us recognize abnormal changes as they occur.
The best way to determine if you need to have any oral surgical procedures done is to make an appointment with a dentist.
A typical dental visit includes a visual examination of your mouth and jaw in which the dentist may be able to determine if oral surgery is needed. X-ray imaging may also be done to inspect potential problems that are not visible on the surface.
For over 20 years, Greenbelt Dental Associates has taken care of patients with all degrees of oral surgery needs ranging from simple and routine to complex and challenging.
If you believe you may need oral surgery, call us at (301) 241-8100 to schedule a dental appointment with our expert team.