Misaligned teeth, dental injuries, and congenital deformities can reduce our quality of life. From affecting our appearance to creating challenges in basic activities like breathing and eating, dental concerns can pose multiple challenges for the sufferer. Immediate care and treatment can help reduce pain, improve facial movement, and provide stability to the teeth and jaws.
Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that uses surgical techniques to treat a variety of dental injuries and deformities. At the Pasadena Smile Center, Dr. Eric Cho and his team specialize in oral surgery. Their extensive knowledge, skill, and expertise make them the perfect choice for your dental surgical requirements. Feel free to contact them for more information.
What is Oral Surgery?
Our face, mouth, teeth, and jaws can sometimes be victims to disease and accidents, resulting in injuries and deformities. Surgical intervention is one of the best ways to regain complete functionality of the face and the mouth. Oral surgery is designed to help patients suffering from dentofacial, oral, and maxillofacial problems. Using a combination of surgical techniques, the mouth, teeth, and jaws are given shape, structure, and stability.
Typically, you visit a dentist for your dental treatments. But, for oral surgery, you need to visit oral surgeons who are specialized in dental surgical skills. Our Pasadena oral surgeons are here to assist you with anything you need. Contact us for more information.
Reasons to Choose Oral Surgery
Dental surgery is extremely beneficial in treating:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Pain in wisdom teeth
- Cleft palate
- Misaligned and broken jaw
- Oral cancer
- Teeth injuries (for reconstruction)
- TMD and bruxism
- Congenital dental deformities
Types of Oral Surgery We Offer at our South Pasadena Clinic
Here is a list of the surgeries that our doctors specialize in at the Pasadena Smile Center:
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the pulp and the root of the teeth. Common surgeries that are a part of endodontics are:
Root canal therapy
If there is an infection in the root canal or the pulp, then this infection is drained out using two procedures:
- Pulpotomy – opening the pulp chamber to drain the tooth
- Pulpectomy – temporarily removing the pulp from the chamber to relieve the tooth of pain
Both these procedures together are called the root canal therapy.
If the root canal therapy has not provided the results needed, then our oral surgeons in Pasadena recommend a root resection surgery. Here, the tip of the root is removed, a root tip cavity is made and is filled with biocompatible filling.
This treatment is designed to remove the infection and restore healthy teeth.
- Root canal therapy
Broken and chipped teeth aren’t just aesthetically unappealing, they’re also exceptionally painful. Prosthodontics is a branch of oral surgery which involves using dental prostheses to treat damaged teeth and jaws.
Common dental prostheses include:
Dentofacial orthopedics, also known as orthodontics, deals with the surgical treatment of misaligned jaws and teeth. Accident victims and people afflicted with dentofacial illnesses are eligible candidates for the surgeries.
This is where diseased and damaged teeth are extracted from the mouth. Impacted wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common orthodontic procedures.Other orthodontic treatments
Treatments like the Apicoectomy (where the bone underlying the root canal is removed) and Fiberotomy (where the fibers around the tooth are severed) are performed to treat severe dental conditions.
- Tooth extraction
Periodontal disease is a very severe affliction affecting thousands of people the world over. Impacting the gums and the tissues surrounding the teeth, periodontal disease can create multiple problems for sufferers.
Using a combination of open flap debridement, osseous surgery, tissue regeneration, and bone grafting, your oral surgeon will treat the damaged and diseased periodontal region. The periodontal surgery is also recommended if there are signs of peri-implant diseases (inflammatory diseases surrounding dental implants).
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)
OMFS focuses on treating deformities and damage to the head, mouth, neck, jaw, and teeth areas. Some of the common OMFS treatments are:
Cosmetic dental surgeries
Craniofacial, dentofacial, and maxillofacial restorations fall under this category. These cosmetic surgical treatments are designed to give the facial bones back their shape, structure, and stability. They are also designed to improve functionality in the face and dental regions.
Corrective jaw surgery
This surgery is performed when patients have a misaligned or broken jaw as a result of an accident or congenital deformity.
Other OMFS procedures
OMFS is conducted to help implant and embed dental and hearing devices on facial bones, underneath the skin. They are also helpful during complicated tooth extractions. Diagnosis and treatment of TMD, dentofacial cancer, and other dental deformities is also done through OMFS.
Dr. Cho and his team of qualified and talented Pasadena oral surgeons have extensive experience in all areas of dental surgery. Whether you need a tooth extraction or require surgical treatment for periodontal disease, you can trust the team here for superior-quality and timely help and treatment.
Once you visit our clinic, Dr. Cho will evaluate your teeth and advise you on your surgical requirements. Contact us for more information.
- Cosmetic dental surgeries
Cost of the Procedures
Cost of oral surgery depends on five factors:
- The type of treatment required
- Location of the tooth to be treated
- The surgeon performing the surgery
- Insurance coverage for the surgery
- Additional treatments, x-rays, and scans that are needed
It’s best to speak to the doctor to get a good estimate about your procedure.
At our South Pasadena dental clinic, our group of dentists and oral surgeons believe that patient safety and comfort is of the primary importance. All the surgical treatments provided will be completely personalized and customized to suit your specific medical requirements.
Oral surgery is a relatively safe surgical procedure. If performed by the right doctor, there is nothing to worry about. But, it is still a surgical procedure and there are the risks of infection, pain, bruising, and swelling post-treatment, which are common to all types of surgery.
Dr. Cho will provide you a comprehensive post-surgical recovery plan with the medication to take and care regime to follow. Be sure to follow this to-the-tee. If you’d like any more information about our services, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We are here should you need us. Schedule a consultation with arguably the best oral surgeon Pasadena, CA has to offer.