Oral Surgery and Wisdom Tooth Removal Apex, NC
You have probably heard the expression, "It's a lot like pulling teeth!" used when something is difficult, but at Olive Chapel Family Dentistry, we make pulling teeth easy and painless for our patients.
We offer comfortable oral surgery procedures including extractions, bone grafting, wisdom tooth removal, and osseous (bone) surgery for the convenience of our patients. There is no reason to be anxious about your procedure because we take great care to ensure patient comfort and peace of mind.
We offer inhaled nitrous oxide to help anxious patients relax during any and all procedures. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that we administer through a nose mask and can control to ensure that you stay relaxed throughout your procedure.
Your teeth are important! So, of course, we do our best to save your natural teeth whenever possible through effective preventive dentistry and early diagnostics. Despite our best efforts, sometimes removing a problem tooth is the only way to protect your oral health and wellness.
Once we determine that a tooth cannot be saved, we gently remove it from your gums. In some cases, such as teeth that have not erupted properly or that are still partially beneath the gum line, we may need to surgically remove your tooth and finish the procedure with stiches.
The good news is that your mouth heals quickly and most patients can avoid complications by following a few simple post-surgery instructions:
- Avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking from a straw. This may dislodge the blood clot and cause dry socket, which delays healing.
- Avoid chewing in the area of your extraction. Food particles and pressure can disrupt healing.
- Keep your surgical site clean. We will show you how to maintain the surgical site to promote healing.
Bone Grafting Procedures
Occasionally, patients who want dental implants require bone grafting to ensure successful dental implant placement. If you have lost too much bone due to periodontal disease or tooth loss, we can repair the area using artificial bone or a bone donor. Don't worry, all donor bone is screened for your health.
We surgically place donor bone at the site where your dental implant will be placed. Once the site heals, your bone and the donor bone will fuse together, creating a width sufficient enough to place a dental implant.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but some wisdom teeth do not have enough room to erupt through the gums and may place pressure on your other teeth. This can be painful. We remove only the wisdom teeth that cause problems such as discomfort or overcrowding.
If you decide to keep your wisdom teeth and they emerge without incident, you will need to pay special attention to keep them clean. Because of their location, they are more susceptible to decay.
Contact Us to Schedule an Oral Surgery Evaluation
In most cases, we can perform oral surgery procedures right here in our Apex, NC dental office. If we feel your case is complex or that an oral surgeon is necessary, we will refer you to one because we always want the best care for you.
Contact Olive Chapel Family Dentistry to schedule an exam with Dr. Dustin Prusik!