Procedures Offered At Merrick Oral Surgery.


As experienced, well-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons and staff, our team at Merrick Oral Surgery practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries and TMJ disorders. These procedures are listed below.

 

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

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Wisdom Teeth and All Dental Extractions

Wisdom teeth are a type of molar that is found in the very back of your mouth. There are four wisdom teeth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The most common type of impacted wisdom tooth is "mesial," meaning that the tooth is angled forward toward the front of your mouth.

When a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

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Bone Grafting/Sinus Lifts

Before inserting dental implants, it is sometimes necessary to perform a preparatory procedure such as a sinus lift or a bone graft.

Bone Grafting
If a bone graft is also needed, it is done in conjunction with the sinus lift. Bone grafting is necessary if the jawbone is either too soft or too thin to support the dental implants.

Sinus Lift
Also known as sinus augmentation, a sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw and in the area of the molars and premolars. In order to make room for the bone, the sinus membrane may be moved upward or lifted.

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BOTOX®

BOTOX® has clinical use as an adjunct in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and bruxism cases, even more so for patients with chronic TMJ and facial pain. BOTOX is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain and give the patient significant relief.

BOTOX® has also been used in other areas of dentistry including retraining muscles during orthodontic therapy. BOTOX®and dermal fillers are as essential to aesthetic dentistry cases as porcelain veneers and composite resins.

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Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers restore volume and fullness to skin. Dermal fillers work to smooth lines, to eliminate wrinkles, and to enhance or sculpt lips.

The cosmetic dental industry is growing at an explosive rate, and dermal fillers are becoming a major player in patient aesthetics.

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General Anesthesia

Anesthesia characterized by unconsciousness, muscle relaxation, and loss of sensation over the entire body. Allows the patient to be comfortable, with minimal pain, during dental procedures.

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Apicoectomy

An apicoectomy may be required when an infection develops or persists after root- canal treatment. During root canal treatment, your dentist cleans the canals using special instruments called files. Inflamed or infected tissue is removed. An apicoectomy may be needed when an infection develops or won't go away after root canal treatment or re-treatment.

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Dental Infections/Abscesses

In the mouth, abscesses form in the gums, teeth or roots of teeth. Bacteria can enter and cause an abscess. An abscess may cause a toothache, which can be severe and must be treated.

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Oral Pathology/Biopsies

Oral pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology which deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. Biopsies may be performed to understand the nature and extent of the disease and associated infection.

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Trauma

Dental trauma is injury to the mouth, including teeth, lips, gums, tongue, and jawbones. The most common dental trauma is a broken or lost tooth. Dental trauma may be inflicted in a number of ways: contact sports, motor vehicle accidents, fights, falls, eating hard foods, drinking hot liquids, and other such mishaps. As oral tissues are highly sensitive, injuries to the mouth are typically very painful. Dental trauma should receive prompt treatment from a dentist.

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TMJ

The term "TMJ" is the acronym for "TemperoMandibular Joint". This is the ball and socket joint that allows the lower jaw to open, close and move sideways when chewing and speaking. Everyone, of course, has two of them, and they are located about one centimeter in front of the ears. They are the only joints in the head, and if something goes wrong with either one of them, you can have serious problems. You may have pain on opening or closing your mouth, eating and chewing food, and even speaking. Problems of this nature are what the public generally associate with the term "TMJ". There are a variety of treatments for TMJ. Your dentist will evaluate the causes and determine the best treatment.

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