Oral and maxillofacial surgery are used to treat conditions that affect your mouth, teeth, jaw and face. At Scavuzzo Dental Care, we provide patients with the convenience of surgical procedures here in our office. We also have several sedation options to make your experience more comfortable.
We know that surgery is an important decision. Whether treating mouth pain, facial injuries or another concern, you can trust Dr. Scavuzzo and our team with the health of your mouth.
To schedule a free oral surgery consultation, call 303-741-2727 or use the form on this page. We serve patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Preserving your natural teeth helps maintain your mouth’s functionality, but in some cases extraction is necessary. Extractions are done for several reasons, including when:
- A tooth has experienced significant decay and is putting you at risk for infection
- A tooth is impacted and damaging adjacent teeth
- A tooth is cracked, broken or damaged beyond repair
- A tooth needs to be removed in order to prepare your mouth for dentures or dental implants
When extraction is the best option, a bridge or dental implant is used to replace your tooth and restore stability to your mouth.
How we remove your tooth will depend on the reason for removal, as well as its location and how many roots the tooth has. In some cases, the tooth can be gently removed from the socket in one simple procedure. If a tooth is decayed or fractured, it may need to be sectioned into small pieces prior to removal. While you may feel slight pressure during the extraction, Dr. Scavuzzo will advise you on a sedation method to ease any pain and discomfort.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the most common forms of extraction is the removal of wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth or third molars are your last set of teeth to develop. More than a third of wisdom teeth emerge out of alignment or fail to fully erupt. When the latter occurs, your wisdom teeth can become impacted or trapped between your jawbone and gum tissue.
Failing to remove your wisdom teeth before they cause problems can lead to:
- Pain and swelling
- Infection of the gums and tissues
- Damage to neighboring teeth, bone and gums
- Cysts or tumors that can eventually destroy your jaw
Dr. Scavuzzo monitors patients’ wisdom teeth with regular dental checkups and advanced digital X-rays. He will advise you on the best time for their removal.
Most patients’ wisdom teeth begin to grow in between ages 17 and 25. Removing them at a younger age, before roots and bones are fully developed, can make your recovery easier.
Missing teeth not only affect your ability to chew and speak; they can cause your surrounding bone to shrink. When a tooth is missing, your jawbone no longer needs to support the tooth. As a result, it will begin to deteriorate, causing bone loss and a shrunken facial profile over time. Periodontitis and other oral infections can also affect the integrity of your jawbone.
Bone grafting corrects bone loss and can be used following an extraction to preserve key structures. Dr. Scavuzzo can create your grafts using bone-like material or bone from another area of your body, such as the back of your jaw or chin.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are a surgical solution for replacing missing teeth. They are inserted directly into your socket and fuse with your jawbone, allowing them to mimic the feel and durability of your natural teeth.
Good candidates for dental implants should have sufficient jawbone density to support the implant’s titanium root. If your jawbone is not thick enough, bone grafting can help strengthen the area prior to implant placement.
Schedule Oral Surgery in Centennial, CO
Schedule your complimentary oral surgery consultation with Dr. Scavuzzo by calling 303-741-2727 or using the form on this page. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.