What is Oral Surgery and Why Would I Need It?

When you hear the phrase “oral surgery,” it may trigger mental images of hospitals, waiting rooms, anesthesia, stitches, recovery periods and other such things. However, oral surgery actually includes common procedures that can be performed in your dentist’s office. However, some methods should be handled by a specialist, like Ferrin Periodontics. After all, a specialist is highly trained in how to address oral conditions that go beyond the scope of a regular dentist’s office.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery means several different things. The most commonly thought of oral surgery is tooth extraction, such as a root canal, primary tooth removal or orthodontic treatments. Corrective jaw surgery is another form of oral surgery. Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), trauma, clenching and incorrect jaw positions can all lead to the need for oral surgery.

Cosmetic dentistry may also require oral surgery. For example, dental implants, which are sometimes considered cosmetic by your insurance company, are another common procedure that your dentist can perform in their office. This replaces teeth that have fallen out or been removed due to disease, illness, or injury. Cosmetic periodontal procedures are also considered to be oral surgeries. These procedures help to cover unsightly root surfaces with things like soft tissue grafts. They also can help with evening out your gum line to help your teeth appear more even, giving you a beautifully symmetrical smile.

 

When Should I See an Oral Surgeon?

 

Before you schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon in Medford and Grants Pass, you should speak with your dentist. If your dentist or doctor feels that you need oral surgery, or if you are interested in cosmetic oral surgery, they can refer you to a reputable southern Oregon surgeon, like Dr. Jon Ferrin, DMD, MS.

Contact Medford & Grants Pass Cosmetic Dentist

At Ferrin Periodontics, we understand how important your smile is. Whether you need oral surgery in Medford or Grants Pass areas, to alleviate pain or enhance your natural smile, we can help. Our staff will work with you and your referring dentist to help you achieve the goals most important to you.

From the initial consultation through your post-operation checkups, Medford periodontist Dr. Ferrin wants to ensure you understand the importance of continued care, keeping the surgical site clean, and what to expect from your procedure. Our staff will help to educate you on the surgical process you are about to go through and the best way to maintain your oral health.

Contact Ferrin Periodontics today to learn more about the services we provide.

Medford Periodontist Explains: Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Computers and technology are not the only things that have advanced rapidly in the past few decades. Treatments for broken, decaying, and missing teeth have also made a leap, with options ranging from fillings that maintain the natural appearance of the tooth to complete replacements. When it comes to complete replacements, a patient often has the choice between dental implants and dental bridges. So what is the difference and which, if either, is better?

Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?

Of the two, the dental bridge is the procedure that has been used the longest. A bridge is formed by two or more crowns placed on both sides of the gap where the decayed tooth previously was. A false tooth, generally made of gold, porcelain, or a combination of materials, is placed between the two crowns. The three pieces are then sealed together with a cement-like mixture.

A dental implant is a little more complex, but in its simplest description, a dental implant is a replacement root with a tooth on top. It is more advanced because it is one, seamless piece instead of three separate pieces as a bridge is. It is placed into the root where the former decayed tooth and root previously were and, over time, the gums will form around it. While the tooth is fake, it feels and acts like a real tooth.

This is why, for many, the dental implant is better when they have to replace an entire tooth. The biggest strength of the dental implant is that it is a single piece that is easy to clean and acts exactly the same as the previous tooth did. The three pieces of the dental bridge can be tough to clean, especially since the bond between the three pieces can never be perfect, which means that bacteria can get in between the pieces.

The biggest downside of the dental implant is that a relatively serious surgery is required to put them in. You will have to care for them post-op, which requires an entire process all its own, and they can develop peri-implant disease if not maintained properly after placement.

Dental Implants with Ferrin Periodontics

Ultimately the choice between the two is up to you and your dental surgeon, with your dentist taking into consideration as much as possible about your health in general. Dr. John Ferrin specialized is dental implants and creating beautiful smiles. If you would like to learn more about either service, contact us today at either our Medford, OR office or our Grants Pass, OR office.