Oral surgery uses specialized tools and treatment techniques to address complex problems like cavities, impacted teeth, and infected tooth pulp. At Century Park Dental Care in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, provide oral surgery to help patients achieve healthy smiles. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool or call the office today.
Oral surgery is a dental specialty that treats problems affecting the teeth, gums, tongue, and jaws. Oral surgeons use special instruments to address potentially serious issues, including gum recession, bone loss, and missing teeth.
The oral surgeons at Century Park Dental Care have extensive training. They completed four years of traditional dental school followed by 4-6 years of residency and internships. Their knowledge and expertise ensure limited pain, quick recoveries, and positive patient outcomes.
At Century Park Dental Care, the team offers several types of oral surgery, including:
Root canal therapy is a type of oral surgery that treats infected or inflamed pulp. Pulp is a soft substance made up of connective tissue, nerve endings, and blood vessels. It’s found in the center of each tooth and allows for temperature sensations like hot and cold.
During a root canal, your dentist removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. Afterward, they fill it with gutta-percha and cap it with a crown. Ultimately, this process saves your tooth, preventing the need for an extraction.
If you develop a severe cavity or your wisdom teeth are impacted, the team might recommend an extraction. During an extraction, your dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. They then remove it with a pair of forceps.
For impacted teeth, the team performs a surgical extraction. To do this, they make an incision along your gum line to expose the tooth. They split the tooth into several sections and remove each piece with forceps.
If you’re missing some or all of your teeth but don’t want a bridge or dentures, consider dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse with your jaw. They provide a sturdy foundation for dental restorations like crowns and implant-supported dentures.
The team at Century Park Dental Care offers several types of dental implants, including same-day implant placement.
If you don’t have enough jawbone to support dental implants, you might benefit from a bone graft. During this type of oral surgery, your dentist places a piece of synthetic bone material into an incision in your jaw.
Over time, the synthetic material encourages the production of new bone cells and healthy tissue.
Following oral surgery, it’s normal to experience some swelling, soreness, and increased sensitivity. Take all medication as prescribed and stick to soft foods for at least the first 48 hours.
To limit discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication or apply a bag of ice to your cheek. Attend all of your post-surgical appointments and closely adhere to the team’s recovery instructions.
To further explore the benefits of oral surgery, book a consultation at Century Park Dental Care by phone or online today.