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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
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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:

  • Endodontic Surgeries

    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.

    • Apicoectomy

      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.

  • Prosthodontics Surgeries

    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:

  • Orthodontic surgeries

    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.

    • Tooth extraction

      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.

  • Periodontics Surgeries

    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.

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.

Safety First

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.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

 

Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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