Casas Adobes Oral Surgery

6471 N. La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741

520-742-6136 
520-742-5721 fax

Surgical Procedures

 

Anesthesia

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With the advancements in today’s technology it is possible to perform oral surgery with the patient having little to no awareness of the surgery itself. Our doctors are skilled in using different types of sedation, whether it is intravenous sedation to perform in-office surgical procedures or general anesthesia to perform oral surgeries in a hospital setting.

All of our surgeons received extensive training in the medical and dental aspects of both general and intravenous sedation. They are well-prepared to properly administer all forms of sedation or general anesthesia; to closely monitor the patient throughout the treatment to ensure their utmost safety; and to manage any complications that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

It is our goal to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress free as possible while maintaining the highest level of safety.

 

Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth."  Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth can be functional and useful, but often lack the proper space in the jaw and thus need to be removed.

Wisdom teeth can be misaligned as they erupt from the jaw, which causes the rest of the teeth to be crowded and can even sometimes damage teeth, bones or nerves near the erupting wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth can lean toward the second molars, trapping plaque and food debris, encouraging cavities. They can also partially erupt, leaving an opening for bacteria to cause infections, pain, swelling, illness and jaw stiffness.

Our office is experienced and trained in diagnosing situations involving the eruption of wisdom teeth. When a wisdom tooth needs treatment, surgical removal is the most common recommendation. This procedure is most commonly done with IV sedation. Recovery time is usually a week or less, with very simple considerations in the patient’s diet and daily routine.

 

Implants

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Find a tooth replacement that closely mimics both the strength, function and appearance of a natural tooth is very difficult. In the past, bridges and dentures were the only options, with limited results. However, recently, dental implants have provided a superior option with a tooth replacement that functions identically to the root of a tooth. Implants have also been used to anchor other dental restorations like dentures and bridges for increased ease and function.

A dental implant is composed of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, where the bone fuses with the new root. A small portion of the implants is visible above the gum line – the abutment – which is used as the site to attach a natural-looking crown (or other restoration, such as dentures).

Please contact our office for more information regarding dental implants.

 

Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

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One of the most common problems oral surgeons treat is the impaction of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth often appear in the late teens or early twenties and often lack proper space to erupt fully or at all, thus causing impaction. This can cause numerous problems including the crowding of adjacent teeth or inflammation under the gums. Canine teeth, incisor teeth and premolar teeth can also become impacted.

Because canine teeth are crucial to your bite and overall appearance of your mouth, orthodontists often work with oral surgeons in order to aid eruption of the impacted teeth by surgically exposing them.

The exposure of a tooth involves a surgical procedure where gum tissue and bone that is covering the tooth is removed. Based on your individual situation, your oral surgeon might dress the tooth with stitches, so that the orthodontist can begin repositioning the tooth into proper alignment, or your oral surgeon can bond an orthodontic bracket and chain onto the exposed tooth, so that the orthodontist can move the tooth into alignment over time.

 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform orthognathic (jaw) surgery to correct a wide range of facial and dental problems, including misaligned jaws and occlusion (bite) problems that can result in difficulties with breathing, speaking and chewing. Also, since orthognathic surgery is designed to bring the jaws and facial profile into balance, it can also have an appreciable effect on the patient’s appearance.

Some conditions which may suggest a need for orthognathic surgery include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing or swallowing
  • Pain in the jaw joints, or TMJ
  • Excessive wearing down of the teeth
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • pen bites or other dental abnormalities
  • Unbalanced facial profile (from the front or side)
  • A significantly receding or protruding chin
  • Inability (or difficulties) having lips meet
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dry mouth and chronic mouth breathing

 

Bone Grafting

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A bone graft may be needed in areas where bone is missing. A surgical procedure, bone grafting replaces missing bone and aids in the re-growth of new bone by placing material from the patient’s own body or an artificial, synthetic or natural substitute into the area where bone existed. The new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between the existing bone and the graft material. Over time, new bone growth will replace much of the grafted material.

For periodontal needs, bone grafts are most commonly used to restore or regenerate bone as needed prior to the placement of bridges or implants.

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma

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Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, is an exciting new procedure that can significantly help a wide variety of conditions. When our bodies are injured (particularly to soft tissues), it sends blood to the site of injury with platelets. These platelets are instrumental in pain relief, and repair of the injured area by calling on the assistance of nearby stem cells. With PRP, a sample of your blood is extracted and the platelets concentrated, then injected specifically into the injured area, boosting your body’s natural healing abilities and focusing it on the area that needs most attention. The procedure is quick and, since your own blood is used, carries very little risk of infection or complication.

 

Oral Pathology

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We are experts in diagnosing and treating the diseases and afflictions of the soft tissues of the mouth. From developmental aberrations to ulcers, fungal or viral infections, and even oral cancer, we have the equipment and training to make a proper diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan.

 

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

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Whether it is dentures, partials, bridges or dental implants, many people at some point in their lives will need some kind of dental prosthetic. When that happens, the mouth needs to be prepared for the prosthetic in some way, depending on the kind of prosthetic, its placement location and other factors. When getting dentures, for example, some patients may experience difficulties with keeping dentures in place and functioning properly, due to the size or shape of the jaws, gum problems, or the muscular structure of the mouth. This is when pre-prosthetic surgery can be especially helpful – by alleviating or eliminating these problems, patients can wear their dental prostheses with greater ease and success, increasing oral health and quality of life.