Oral surgery is a technique used in many dental treatments at Calapooia Family Dental, including extractions, implants, and removal of wisdom teeth. These procedures can be done in the comfort of our Albany office, or in special cases, at the hospital. During your consultation with Dr. Summers, we will discuss your anesthesia options, as well as the risks and benefits of your particular surgery.
Ideally, our teeth will last a lifetime, but when a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, it may need to be removed. Extraction may be necessary in cases of severe decay, periodontal disease, and broken or fractured teeth.
Dr. Summers will perform an exam and recommend treatment. Before extracting a tooth, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. You may opt to receive sedation during the procedure. Learn more about your options at the Sedation Dentistry page of this website.
After an extraction, you will be able to recover at home.
In many instances, you can have your dental implant placed by Dr. Summers in the comfort of our office here at Calapooia Family Dental. Dental implants offer a similar structure to your natural teeth, so they look, feel, and function like real teeth. A dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Dental implant treatment involves several steps. After meeting with Dr. Summers to develop your treatment plan, an implant post will be surgically placed in your jawbone. It typically takes about six months for your implant to fuse with the bone, forming a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. Next, a small connector, called an abutment, is placed on top of the implant to connect to the implant crown. Unlike a bridge, dental implants help maintain bone volume and health.
After your implant procedure, you brush, floss, and see your dentist for cleanings and exams, just like you would care for your natural teeth. As with any dental restoration procedure, implants require proper oral care.
For replacement of all of the teeth with an implant supported bridge, please see our section on the All-on-4® procedure by clicking here.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth often can cause problems because they are the last set of molars to come in. If there’s not adequate space for the wisdom teeth, they can become impacted or stuck, causing pain, swelling, or infection. Impacted wisdom teeth may also damage healthy teeth by causing erosion of tooth structure or periodontal disease. Sometimes extraction is used as a preventive measure to avoid future problems.
To determine if wisdom teeth need to be extracted, Dr. Summers first will do an exam and assessment so he can provide you with the best treatment options. Evaluation and treatment is recommended in the mid-teen years to identify possible problems and improve treatment results.
Wisdom tooth extraction is typically performed with IV sedation, and recovery from the procedure typically takes from a few days up to a week.