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Oral surgery can help address the underlying cause of dental issues. This specialty area of dentistry can diagnose and surgically treat various abnormalities of the oral cavity. Oral surgery is an indispensable part of dentistry.

Oral surgery is available at Thomas A. Copulos DDS, PA in Boca Raton and the surrounding area. You should never hesitate to receive the treatment you need. Call us today at 561-763-1066 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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Understanding Oral Surgery

According to the American Dental Association, oral and maxillofacial surgery encapsulates diagnosing and surgically treating the various "diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region." "Oral" refers to the mouth, while "maxillofacial" refers to the jaw and face.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery can address both the aesthetic and functional areas of these regions. As such, there are several types of oral and maxillofacial surgeries. Most people need to undergo wisdom teeth removal, one of the most common oral surgeries, at some point in their lives.

Types of Oral Surgeries

  • Sinus Lift Procedure: When patients require replacing missing molars in the upper jaw, sometimes there is limited bone due to the size of the sinus. Thomas A. Copulos, DDS, PA have years of experience in growing bone under the sinus. A window is created on the outside wall of the sinus and the delicate membrane coating the sinus is lifted. A bone graft is placed in the newly created space under the sinus and against the bone. This procedure thickens the bone so a dental implant can be placed at some time in the future.
  • Combined Dental Implant Placement and Sinus Lift Procedure: Depending on the shape of a patients sinus, it may dip very low and close to the teeth or dip slightly but low enough that there is not enough bone to place a dental implant completely in bone. In these situations, Thomas A. Copulos, DDS, PA can perform a combination procedure. After taking a dental Catscan (CBCT), Thomas A. Copulos, DDS, PA will determine how thick the bone is and if a combined procedure can be performed. During the combined dental implant placement and sinus lift procedure, special burs are used to create air pressure that lifts the membrane coating the sinus, creating space for the bone graft and dental implant. The bone graft is placed into the sinus through the site of the dental implant, then the dental implant is placed sealing off the site. It may take additional time for the dental implant and bone graft to heal but it is completed in one procedure.
  • Ridge Augmentation: When a tooth is lost, the bone slowly dissolves away. To place a dental implant, adequate thickness and height of bone is required. If there is not enough bone to place a dental implant, a ridge augmentation procedure is performed. Thomas A. Copulos, DDS,PA will determine the appropriate technique to widen the ridge. Typically it requires a bone graft and a barrier the will form the thicker bone for the future dental implant. Creation of new bone usually takes 3-6 months before a dental implant can be placed.
  • Wisdom Teeth Extractions: Wisdom teeth are additional molars that do not come in until late adolescence. If they emerge improperly, crowd against nearby teeth, or fail to fully emerge, then they must be removed. The procedure generally requires light sedation but has a quick recovery time that involves little discomfort.

Conditions Requiring Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can help correct several different issues, including irregular sinus shape or size and widening the ridge in patients with bone loss. Not receiving the proper treatment can result in other oral health issues, symptoms, infection, and more. While there are other non-surgical tooth replacement options, dental implants provide a sturdy and durable replacement option. We can provide a combined dental implant placement and sinus lift procedure if the patient requires it. If a patient loses one or several teeth to an infection, then it is essential to receive an examination to determine if oral surgery will be necessary before restoring the smile with a dental implant.

Trauma to the face may result in injury to the jaw and facial bones. Oral surgery can help correct these irregularities and restore the patient's face to its original appearance. Lesions and abnormal growths or tissues in or around the mouth area may require further examination after being visually identified. Oral surgeons can take a small sample of these cells and send them out for laboratory testing. Additionally, some lesions may be removed surgically.

Advantages of Oral Surgery

Oral surgery has the potential to repair many oral conditions a patient may have. For example, it may help prevent further damage to a tooth or restore a person’s smile after tooth loss. Also, patients who undergo oral surgery for dental implant placement will have a long-lasting tooth replacement. Not only does this reduce the likelihood of running into other dental problems further along the line, but also it helps improve one's overall health. Oral health is so important, in fact, that the Mayo Clinic calls it "a window to your overall health."

Oral Surgery Treatment and Recovery

Each surgery is different, and each dentist will provide each patient with detailed instructions on how to prepare for and recover from their procedure. In general, however, patients can expect to undergo certain pre-operative preparations. According to VeryWell Health, these preparations are often directed by the type of anesthesia the patient will undergo. After the patient has been fully prepped and the anesthesia has been administered, the procedure can begin. It may be an open surgery, endoscopic surgery, or minimally invasive open surgery.

Recovery times also vary according to types of surgery. For example, wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively minor procedure that requires little downtime, while orthognathic surgery may take months to fully recover from. One's general health before surgery, how well they care for their surgical wound, and whether they smoke will also factor into their recovery time. It is vitally important for patients to follow the recommended diet and remember to take in enough nutrients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Surgery

Is dental implant placement painful?

It depends on the patient. However, most patients report that it is far less uncomfortable than expected. Many liken the sensation to having a tooth extracted. Most patients can manage any pain after the procedure with over-the-counter painkillers.

Is it always a good idea to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Most people will find that wisdom teeth will pose a problem to their oral health at one point in their lives. However, it may be a good idea to get them removed even if they are not causing any clear problems, as they become more likely to cause damage the longer they are in your mouth. In addition, they become more difficult to remove as time goes by.

Does oral surgery hurt?

Oral surgery should not be painful. Our team will do everything in our power to make your experience as comfortable as possible. This may include administering anesthesia to lessen any discomfort.

Will I be able to drive myself home after my oral surgery?

It depends. If you have received sedatives, you should have someone drive you home and avoid driving for the rest of the day. However, if you have received local anesthesia, it will be fine for you to drive home after your procedure.

Will I need sutures for my oral surgery?

It depends on your procedure. Sutures may be self-dissolving and resorb within a few days. If they are not, we will ask you to come into the office for a return visit so we can remove the sutures.

Schedule a Visit Today

Oral surgery consultations are available at our office. Surgery can treat your oral health problems at the root. We at Thomas A. Copulos DDS, PA can help. Call us today at (561) 763-1066 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

Thomas A. Copulos DDS, PA is located at
1000 NW 9th Ct Ste 106
Boca Raton, FL