Dentoalveolar surgery is the very important aspect of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that concentrates on routine issues such as extractions, bone contouring, surgical root canals and minor soft tissue repairs
About Dentoalveolar Surgery
Although it sounds quite daunting, dentoalveolar surgery is an area within oral and maxillofacial surgery that is focused on routine issues such as extractions, bone contouring and minor repairs to soft tissue.
The alveolar is the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth, holding them in place and helping aid their long-term retention. If the alveolar is compromised, you could be at very real risk of losing your permanent teeth – something which will leave you with a gap in your smile. Dentoalveolar surgery can help to address issues that might otherwise cause this to happen.
Our dedicated team of surgeons have extensive of all types of procedures included within the term dentoalveolar surgery, performed here at our modern oral care facility in Brooklyn, New York.
Procedures included within dentoalveolar surgery
There are many different procedures which can come under the term dentoalveolar surgery. These include the following:
There can be various reasons why an extraction is needed including teeth that are impacted and unable to erupt properly to teeth that are so badly decayed that they are beyond saving. Many people mistakenly believe an extraction to be a painful and debilitating process, but modern anesthetics, tools and techniques mean that it is rarely any more complicated than any other type of invasive oral care treatment.
Sometimes it is necessary to remove a retained tooth root is required rather than the tooth itself. This tends to occur when the tooth has fallen out of its own accord, but the root has remained in the mouth. If it is decayed and not removed, it could cause further infection within your mouth.
Removal of Cysts and/or Tumors
Fluid-filled cysts can form in the jaw, often as a result of infection such as is seen in advanced periodontal disease. Dentoalveolar surgeons can remove these cysts as well as any tumors that may arise, both benign and malignant. If you are found to have a malignant tumor, we will work with your oncologist to create a multidisciplinary plan for your treatment.
Aiding in Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is used to eradicate infection that has affected the very root of the tooth. In some instances, it may be necessary for your surgeon to remove the tip of the root to prevent an abscess from forming in the root canal.
Taking a Biopsy
If we have reason to believe that there might be an underlying problem with the tissues of your mouth, we may take a biopsy of the affected area. This involves cutting away some of the tissue or bone so that it can be closely analyzed under a microscope to determine what the issue is.
If you require the services of an experienced, compassionate and dedicated dentoalveolar surgeon, look no further than the New York Institute of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Please contact our offices in Brooklyn, NY to schedule your confidential appointment.