Our oral surgeon can provide a wide array of services including tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, bone grafting and placing dental implants for individual teeth replacement, bridges and even full mouth reconstruction. We also offer several options for sedation (see more info below) to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Our Oral Surgeon is gentle and takes great care to ensure you don’t experience any discomfort throughout. Any of these procedures can be done while you are under general anesthesia, so you likely won’t remember much about the experience after you wake up.
The most important aspect of our oral surgery services is that we can perform the implant surgery and place the tooth, bridge or denture all in the same office and all of your follow up care continues to be done right here at the same office.
Most Dental Offices require you to get some of the work done in their office and then go to an oral surgeon for the surgery and then back to the Dental Office to place the tooth or bridge or denture.
Some services advertise that they offer all of it in one office, but what about follow up care and maintenance? Many of these offices do not provide continuing care and maintenance for the treatment they do. After the treatment is performed, the patient is left on their own.
Here at Rolling Oaks Dental, we offer all of it, and all under the care of your Rolling Oaks Dentist. As everything can be done right here in our office, there is no separate appointment making, no extra paperwork, no transfer of records, no driving to other locations and no re-explaining things to someone new. Because we have all of the information right here we can offer comprehensive care and service for it all. It is so much more convenient to have everything done all in one place and we can work with your schedule to make it as easy for you as possible.
As Dr. Dougherty put it, “One element that separates us from similar oral reconstruction services is that they do not do the follow up care or hygiene for the implants and dentures that they place. Here, I can be your dentist for life and help you maintain and care for your treatment over the years, not just send you out the door. All of the implant dentures that I’ve done I clean myself every 6 months and make any modifications or repairs as necessary. You just don’t get this type of follow up care with these other options.”
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Levels Of Sedation Available:
Oral Sedation: Decreases anxiety and increases comfort. If you’re scheduled to have this type of sedation, it is required that you arrange for someone to escort you to your appointment, remain with you in our office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home.
IV Moderate Sedation: We can provide IV sedation for patients interested in surgery. If you’re scheduled to have this type of sedation, it is required that you arrange for someone to escort you to your appointment, remain with you in our office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home.
Specific Services our Oral Surgeon Offers
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you’ll likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction may be done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.
To prevent potential future problems, some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t currently causing problems.
Wisdom teeth (sometimes referred to as third molars) are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, wisdom teeth erupt normally — just as their other molars did — and cause no problems.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will always try to fix it with a filling, crown or other appropriate treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth may need to be extracted.
We will use X-rays of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth.
You may have intravenous (IV) anesthesia, which can range from conscious sedation to general anesthesia. If so, we will give you instructions to follow to prepare for that.
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth and your Rolling Oaks Dentist will likely just perform this procedure.
A surgical extraction is done when a tooth has broken off at the gum line or if the tooth is still below the gum or there are complications with the roots. Surgical extractions are done by our oral surgeon.
Most simple extractions can be done using just an injection (a local anesthetic). You may also receive medications to help you relax if this is needed. For a surgical extraction, you will receive a local anesthetic, and you may also have IV anesthesia.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure, but you should not experience pain. If you feel any pain or pinching, tell the dentist or oral surgeon right away.
Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Many people don’t realize that if you have lost one or more teeth that are not replaced, you will start a gradual bone loss in that area. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction. While the need for bone grafting has been significantly reduced, it has not been eliminated entirely. However, in most cases it is now a minimally invasive procedure that can be managed quite easily.
While bone grafting can sound pretty scary at first, the truth is that bone grafting in the oral cavity today is a routine, predictable and painless procedure. Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important for several reasons. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require that the bone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. If the bone under your gum is not tall enough, not wide enough or both, you will need a procedure to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed in order for them to be stable and strong. Bone augmentation is a term that describes a variety of procedures used to “build” bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures typically involve grafting (adding) bone or bonelike material to the jaw. Grafting procedures place a framework of material in the areas of missing bone into which these cells can enter and start the rebuilding process. Over time your cells will remodel the graft material into your own functioning bone.
Dental Implants are usually considered the best option for tooth replacement, bridge placement and denture placement. Dental Implants simply mirror the natural roots of your teeth and work to prevent bone loss that would otherwise occur with a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant is done in two steps. Firstly, a small titanium “root replacement” is placed where the root of the tooth used to be. Titanium is used because the body accepts it easily and it fuses into the jaw bone and provides a solid base onto which a replacement tooth can be placed. Once the implant has “settled” a new tooth is placed onto it. Dental implants have a lot of strength and durability and once the procedure is complete you can eat as if you had your natural healthy tooth. Another great use of dental implants is to replace a series of missing teeth. If you are missing a section of teeth then a bridge (row of teeth) can be placed onto two dental implants. In this way a bridge (for a section of teeth) or an entire full arch denture can be mounted permanently in place and you will feel as if you have a full set of teeth again. Read more about Dental Implants here. We also offer the “All-on-4” service and you can read more about this here.