Mention oral surgery to the average person, and there is a good chance that he or she will immediately think of tooth extraction. At Smiles on Broadway, however, we view oral surgery as an opportunity to preserve and protect the healthy structures of the mouth, ensuring that they remain intact so that they can provide a strong foundation for restoring form and function to a patient’s smile.
As with all procedures, we employ a conservative approach to performing oral surgery at our Long Island dental practice. It is our goal to do whatever is necessary to restore a patient’s dental health to its optimal state while being as minimally invasive as possible.
For further information about oral surgery at our Long Island dental practice, please contact Smiles on Broadway today.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is one of the most misunderstood procedures in all of dentistry. While many people assume that root canal therapy is a painful procedure, it is in truth a relatively pain-free procedure. Indeed, most patients are extremely comfortable during the procedure (particularly those who elect to undergo the procedure while under dental sedation), and emerge from treatment with significantly less tooth pain.
Although the procedure is colloquially known as a “root canal,” the root canal is actually a structure within the tooth. Each root canal contains a chamber that houses the tooth’s pulp, comprised of nerves, vessels, and connective tissues. It is the inflammation and subsequent infection of the pulp that is most often responsible for chronic tooth pain.
The primary benefit of root canal therapy, aside from providing immediate relief from pain, is that it allows the tooth’s root and much of its structure to be preserved. Once the infected pulp has been removed through a small opening created in the crown of the tooth, it is thoroughly cleaned and then filled. The tooth will then be sealed with a filling or covered with, and protected by, a dental crown. With proper care, this healthy tooth structure will remain a functional part of the mouth for the rest of the patient’s life.
For patients with more advanced forms of periodontal (or gum) disease, pockets of infection may be too deep to treat through non-surgical means. Periodontal surgery allows us to reach these deeper reserves of infection, removing the plaque and calculus and restoring the gums to optimal health. Ultimately, periodontal surgery can help to extend the life of a tooth and protect the underlying jawbone from deterioration.
Bone grafting is an invaluable procedure for those whose jawbones are beginning to fall into disuse due to one or more missing teeth. By building up those areas of the jaw that have lost density, we not only improve a patient’s oral health but we also create a suitable anchor for dental implants, the strongest, most stable method for replacing missing teeth.
In cases in which tooth extraction is the only viable option, we can perform a bone grafting procedure in order to keep the site as healthy as possible, leaving open the possibility of placing dental implants in the future.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth – the back teeth that emerge in about two-thirds of the population in early adulthood – can cause a host of oral health problems. In many cases, they cause crowding in the mouth, leading to bite problems and misalignment of healthy teeth. In other cases, they erupt only partially or in such a way that they threaten the structural integrity of adjacent teeth. In such cases, the best way to ensure the continued health of the existing teeth is to extract the wisdom tooth.
Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently causing you pain, it is essential that you have them examined. While it is possible that they will never be the source of discomfort, the Smiles on Broadway Team can detect potential issues before they progress into more painful problems. Sometimes wisdom tooth extraction is a useful preventive measure.
Contact Us for Further Information about Oral Surgery
To learn more about the oral surgery procedures available at our Long Island practice, we invite you to contact Smiles on Broadway today.