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By Family Dental Center
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You’ve just learned that you need to undergo some kind of “oral surgery” to address whatever oral health issue you have. This could be an overwhelming thing to process for some people because of the word surgery. Fortunately, your dentists here are Family Dental Center in Glenview IL are used to performing oral surgery. Plus, you may be surprised to know that oral surgical procedures are actually very common and straightforward.

Common Types of Oral Surgery

Depending on your particular symptoms and condition, your dentist may recommend one of the following oral surgeries:

  • A Tooth Extraction: This is the most common oral surgery and is typically recommended to address decay, overcrowding, or trauma. A simple extraction is done for extracting teeth that you can see above your gum line. On the other hand, a surgical extraction is used when tissue or bone should be cut to extract the affected tooth, such as in cases of overcrowded teeth or impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Prosthodontics: This includes various procedures such as reshaping teeth that require dental crowns, bridges, or veneers, as well as the placement of dental implants to support dentures or dental crowns.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Procedures: These include more complex oral surgical procedures like corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial dental implants, pre-prosthetic nerve repositioning, and bone augmentation, as well as dentoalveolar surgery.

Top Tips for Oral Surgery Recovery

Any oral surgical procedure will require recovery to ensure the surgery’s success and minimize the risk of potential complications. Generally speaking, you will be limited to consuming specific food consistencies or types. Likewise, you will need to take an OTC pain medication or a prescription pain reliever for more complex oral surgeries.

While recovering from oral surgery, it’s crucial to follow all the directions of your Glenview, IL, dentist. It’s likewise vital to call your dentist right away for any concerns or questions. You should never wait until complications occur before contacting your dentist.

Talk to Us For Any Questions, Concerns, or Information About Oral Surgery

Arrange a meeting with your Glenview, IL, dentist here at Family Dental Center by dialing (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
March 19, 2019
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Do you need to undergo oral surgery? Wondering what to expect? We have the answers.

Whether our Glenview, IL, dentists have told you that you need to undergo surgery for a dental issue or someone in your family will need toPatient have surgery, we know that you may have questions along the way. Find out all you need to know about oral surgery.

What are the most common types of oral surgery?

While surgery can be performed on a wide range of dental problems the most common surgeries include,

  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Dental implant placement
  • Bone grafting
  • TMJ disorder

What is the recovery period like?

How long it takes you to recover after surgery will depend on the type of surgery our Glenview, IL, family dentist performs. For example, once the dental implant is placed it can take 3-6 months for the tissue and bone to heal around the implant, while it may only take a week or two for your mouth to heal after wisdom tooth removal. During your consultation, we can talk to you about what to expect from the recovery process.

Can I drive myself home after surgery?

If you’ve just received local anesthesia than you may be fine enough to drive home after your procedure; however, if we’ve administered any sedation then you will need to have someone drive you home.

Will oral surgery be painful?

While getting surgery can make some people a little nervous it’s important to know that this procedure should not be painful. Our dental team will work with you to make sure that you get the proper anesthesia and pain management prior to the surgery so that you don’t feel any discomfort. We may also prescribe a stronger pain reliever after your surgery to reduce symptoms while you heal.

Will I have stitches?

Again, this will depend on the type of surgery you will have to undergo. Most stitches that are placed will end up dissolving on their own over the course of a few days. If we don’t place dissolving stitches then you will need to come into our office in about one week to have them removed.

No matter whether you have questions about oral surgery, want to sit down and discuss whether you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted or you just need to come in for a routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL.

By Family Dental Center
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Do you need oral surgery from your Glenview, IL, dentists? Oral surgery procedures are used to treat infections, relieve pain, restore function, or improve an individual's appearance.

Oral Surgery Procedures with your Glenview Dentist

  • Dental Implants: People suffering from tooth loss may opt for dental implants. The advantages of dental implants are they prevent deterioration of your bones by providing support, they have a high success rate, 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • Corrective jaw surgery: May be recommended when an individual suffers from a severe bite and tooth alignment issues. It's a routine in-office procedure that fixes issues like extracting impacted wisdom teeth, inserting dental implants in the jaw, correcting underbites and congenital abnormalities.
  • Cosmetic Gum Problems: There are several gum issues that may need surgery, such as when excess gum tissue covers more of the crown's enamel surface than normal; receding gums is when your tooth roots become exposed, so teeth appear yellow and are more vulnerable to decay; an uneven gum line is when some teeth are more covered by gum tissue than others, so your dentist reshapes the tissue to improve the appearance.
  • Extraction: You may need a tooth extraction due to trauma and/or overcrowdedness, among many reasons. It's a simple in-office procedure where your dentist will examine the severity of the situation, extract the tooth, or whatever is left of the natural tooth and stitch the extraction area. An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth, so no need to worry about pain.

For more information on the various types of oral surgeries your Glenview, IL, dentists provide, just call (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Jaw PainThere is a branch of dentistry that specifically deals with oral maxillofacial surgery and treatments. It is focused on correcting dental ailments using surgeries of the mouth, including the jawbone, gums, soft-tissues, and teeth. If you’re having a dental concern or emergency, an oral surgery procedure may be required to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Find out if you can benefit from one of these procedures when you visit Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL, for a consultation.

Dental Extractions (Wisdom Teeth)
One of the most commonly performed oral surgeries is tooth extraction. It is always best for a dentist to perform this procedure to ensure that bone tissue is preserved and that there is minimal bleeding. A dentist will also minimize the chance of an infection after a tooth is removed. Tooth extraction is reserved for cases when all other treatment options have been exhausted.

Jaw Correction
Some patients have ill-formed jaws that protrude unnaturally and don’t allow for normal eating and speaking. In this case, oral surgery can adjust the jaws so that they sit more naturally and comfortably. Your Glenview, IL, dentist can add screws or plates when needed to ensure proper jaw flexibility and movement. Patients who struggle with jaw pain due to TMJ disorder may need oral surgery to get relief.

Periodontal Surgery
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that affects approximately 47 percent of Americans according to the CDC. It is caused by poor oral hygiene (particularly a lack of regular flossing around the gumline), and it may be related to genetics. Oral surgery may be needed to remove diseased tissue from under the gums to give the bone tissue a chance to regenerate and heal. Bone grafting is also a surgical option for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone density and gum tissue.

Dental Implantation
Another common oral procedure is the placement of dental implants. The dentist drills a small hole into the jaw to make room for a titanium device that looks like a screw. This is a relatively minor dental surgery that helps patients who want to permanently replace missing teeth. 

Get Examined
After a short exam, your dentist will let you know if an oral surgery procedure will help improve your smile. Call (847) 998-1281 today to schedule a visit to Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL.

By Family Dental Center
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery can help you protect your smile and relieve painful conditions. Our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Sean Cullinan, Dr. Stella oral surgeryHaralampopoulous, and Dr. Alex Figuero, share a few reasons that you may need oral surgery.

You have impacted wisdom teeth

Ideally, wisdom teeth should erupt from the surface of the gums with no problem. While some lucky people in the Glenview area have absolutely no issues with their wisdom teeth, others face pain, infections and other unpleasant symptoms when the teeth are blocked by bone and gum tissue. Whether the teeth are completely blocked, or impacted, or partially impacted, oral surgery is needed to remove them. You'll be restricted to a soft diet for about a week following your surgery, but can soon resume your regular diet.

You have a condition that affects your jaw

A misaligned jaw may affect your appearance, cause pain and damage to your teeth and gums, and make it difficult to chew or speak clearly. During surgery, the alignment of the jaw is corrected. Orthodontic treatment may also be needed in addition to surgery.

You want to restore a lost tooth with a dental implant

If you choose dental implants to replace a missing tooth, you'll need an oral surgical procedure to place the titanium posts in your jawbone. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and replace natural tooth roots. They're combined with a dental crown to create a brand new tooth that feels very natural.

Your dentures have worn down your gum tissue or bone

Wearing removable dentures for many years can occasionally cause loss of bone or gum tissue. Bone grafts may be used to restore lost bone, or you may need soft tissue manipulation or jaw realignment, depending on the nature of your problem.

Whether you think you may need oral surgery or are concerned about a cavity or other dental problem, the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, offer expert treatment and compassionate care. Call Dr. Cullinan, Dr. Haralampopoulous, and Dr. Figuero at (847) 998-1281 to schedule your appointment.