Oral Surgery Northridge Advanced Dentistry
Our teeth are inadvertently one of the most important component of our mouth, without which, normal functions such as eating and chewing food, and talking, would become a dreaded nightmare. Maintaining teeth in an optimum state is absolutely essential for each one of us, so that we can lead a comfortable life. However, any type of setback with our teeth needs to be addressed at the earliest and who can be better than an experienced dentist, to examine and tell you exactly what may be wrong with your teeth.
Sometimes, conditions may arise, which may indicate that your teeth are under the wrap of a serious dental issue, owing to which, your dentist may be left with no other option that to operate upon them. At Northridge Advanced Dentistry, you can walk in for a consultation about the same through Dr Isaac Kashani, who are two very professional and qualified experts, empanelled at our clinic as head surgeons.
They can tell you more about oral surgery and help you decide the future course of your dental treatment. Get to know more about oral surgery at Northridge Advanced Dentistry.
What does oral surgery involve?
The word ‘surgery’ seems to have a negative and almost scaring impact on most people. The first impression that anyone seems to make from the word is a scene of excruciating pain and often, an awful lot of blood as well. Might we tell you that this is not what an oral surgery looks like or pains like. Neither does the kind of hospital setting that you must be imagining, fit into this scene anywhere. Oral surgery certainly manages to create a lot of hype around itself but in reality, it is not even nearly as complicated as it sounds.
Oral surgery is in fact, an umbrella term for more than one dental procedures which might be performed under the guidance of Dr Isaac Kashani at Northridge Advanced Dentistry. Oral surgery is just like any other dental procedure.
Here are some of the common examples of oral surgery treatments, which you can understand to know more about the treatment offered at Northridge Advanced Dentistry.
Perhaps one of the most common and widely recognised type of oral surgery is the process of tooth extraction. There are many reasons why you may need to get your tooth removed from us at Northridge Advanced Dentistry. While Dr Isaac Kashani consider it to be a last resort option, it may still be inevitable when:
- Your teeth have been impacted for some reason
- Your wisdom tooth has emerged only partially
- Tooth decay, fracture in the roots of the tooth, or trauma to the tooth, make it impossible for the teeth to repair in any way.
- Failure of primary teeth to fall out completely, which prevents the emergence of permanent teeth.
- Need to carry out some other orthodontic treatment, which requires removal of the tooth.
Dr Isaac Kashani will help you understand more about your tooth extraction, if it is needed. In any case, it will be done, only if it is absolutely needed.
Corrective jaw surgery
Also known as orthognathic surgery, jaw surgery is typically performed by an experienced oral surgeon. At Northridge Advanced Dentistry, there are many experienced oral surgeons, apart from Dr Isaac Kashani. Some of the common reasons why may need a corrective jaw surgery is because:
- TMJ dysfunction, which may result from some form of trauma or deformation in the jaw.
- Some major or minor trauma to the jaw
- Incorrect biting
- Habit of clenching teeth, biting or grinding teeth, which may result in excessive wearing out of teeth.
- Facing difficulty in the process of chewing food or talking or opening and closing of mouth.
- Incorrect position of the jaw which may disturb your facial appearance.
If any of these conditions might be responsible for making you feel discomfort, you may be recommended to one of our oral surgeons, who will attend to you and determine how your oral surgery should be carried out.
You must have surely heard a lot about dental implants. They have grown to become one of the most popular type of dental procedures to be administered to patients, who require replacement for their teeth. Also, they are used in cases when the patient requires a stable structure to support his existing teeth or a new denture.
Dental implants are administered by an experienced dentist or an oral surgeon. Depending on each individual case, the process of administering a dental implant and the material used in the process may vary to a great extent. The rate of recovery in case of a dental implant is the same as a tooth extraction process, since the teeth are treated from the roots in both cases.
Detection and treatment of oral diseases
Did you know that your dentist can detect if you have an oral cancer? Signs of oral cancer can be very subtle and hard to detect, often going unnoticed. Our dentists and Dr Isaac Kashani are thoroughly trained to check for symptoms which could point towards oral cancer and help you overcome the disease. Sometimes, a biopsy may be performed by them to check for underlying problems in your mouth or your teeth. This may be a necessary step to diagnose the condition further. Most often, this process can be performed by an oral surgeon, as well as a general dentist.
Hopefully, you would have understood by now, what an oral surgery really means. At Northridge Advanced Dentistry, Dr Isaac Kashani supervises each case of oral surgery and personally take care that each patient is handled with utmost attention. Now, let’s get to the more crucial part of an oral surgery.
How to prepare yourself for an oral surgery?
Preparing yourself for an oral surgery concerns more with understanding the dental procedure that you are going to undertake with Dr Isaac Kashani and knowing the risks, and precautions that need attention. In order to ensure that the whole process is administered without any complication, make sure that you understand everything that there is to understand about your surgery.
Even though oral surgeries are not nearly as complicated as any other type of surgery performed on your body, as a patient, you should approach it with just as much seriousness and caution. Make sure that you schedule a special appointment with Dr Isaac Kashani if you wish to be better prepared for the surgery and get to know about the related precautions that you will be required to undergo after the surgery has been completed. This will lower the risk of complications in your surgery and the incident of catching an infection as well. Follow these tips to help yourself, and your dentist, for the successful completion of your surgery.
- Discuss everything that there is to discuss about your surgery with Dr Isaac Kashani. Make sure that you voice all your concerns and questions to them and also ensure that you are satisfied with the opinion and answers provided to you by them. This is the right time to tell Dr Isaac Kashani about any existing health condition which might be troubling you, or which must be considered by Dr Isaac Kashani before treating your dental concerns. Again, you can also discuss the topic of payment options and insurance coverage of your treatment so that there are no conflicts between us later on.
- Sometimes, people take oral surgeries quite lightly. As mentioned by us earlier, even though they are not as tremendous as your regular surgical operations, you should not take them lightly as a patient. It is best to have a family member by your side or a friend, who can attend to your needs, while you are being taken in for the surgery. Remember that you will not be able to drive after the treatment, hence having someone accompany you is best. Some oral surgeries might be complicated in nature and hence, you may need greater recovery time than expected. We recommend that you walk in with complete preparation for all types of eventualities.
- Depending upon the drugs and medications used for your treatment, you may have to follow some specific dietary restrictions. Even the consumption of water might be limited or restricted in some cases. It will be best for you to follow these advices without fail, in order to avoid any complication in your recovery status. Smoking might be off limits for a specific duration, before and after the treatment, so make sure that you are following each instruction carefully, without fail.
- Sometimes, owing to sudden reasons such as a viral infection or a common cold, it might be best to cancel your treatment and postpone it. While there is no problem as such in carrying out a treatment during a cold, it might not be very comfortable for you or for the performing dentist, to make you feel out of pain and discomfort. If you feel that you are facing any symptoms which merit cancelling your appointment, feel free to do so, without any hesitation.
Are there any mild conditions which can also be treated by Oral surgery?
Yes, there are many other mild conditions or events that can be solved using oral surgery. Let us help you understand more about these events.
- Facial injury repair: If you have any fractured bones or a fractured jaw, or even some broken facial bones, you might want to go for facial injury repair, since it can repair the fractured bones and help your jaw function normally once again.
- Biopsy and lesion removal: If you have any abnormal growth of tissue, our dental experts can take a sample from it and send it forth for lab testing. If there are any lesions in your mouth, they can be removed orally by our experts.
- Cleft clip and cleft palate repair: A cleft clip may result when the development of your nasal cavity or portions of the mouth is not complete. As a result of this, you could face a large gap between your lips or a split opening in the roof of your mouth. Our health care specialists can take care of this condition and with continuous surgical procedures, being a correction in your condition.
- Facial infections: If you are facing any type of pain or swelling in the neck, our dental experts may be able to diagnose it since it may be a facial infection. Such infections should not be ignored altogether, since they can take the mammoth shape of a life threatening event. A surgical treatment may be necessary to cut and drain the infected area an extract any infection that might be causing problem to you.
- Snoring: Snoring might not sound to be a very important or drastic oral problem but when any type of non surgical method fails to bring about a change in the problem, surgery can be tried as a last resort option. Soft tissues of the oropharynx are removed through surgical procedure, to provide relief from the problem of snoring.
Recovering from an oral surgery
After an oral surgery has administered on your teeth, you should really take the matter of your recovery very seriously. In most cases, Dr Isaac Kashani has observed that when patients fail to take the necessary precautions and simply leave their teeth to heal on their own, they end up making a huge mistake, for which they roam around at our clinic more than they expected.
Here are some common things that should be noted by you on priority and reported to Dr Isaac Kashani.
- Bleeding from a tooth: bleeding from the site of a dental treatment is quite normal and can be expected for up to 24 hours after the dental procedure has been carried out. Dr Isaac Kashani will provide you with some gauze, which should be plugged in, at the site of bleeding to control the flow.
- Swelling: Swelling is also normal after a dental procedure has been performed. Use an ice pack if needed, and try to keep your head elevated, when resting. Usually, swelling should be gone after 7 – 10 days of the treatment.
- Rest: Typically, you should give yourself a rest of two complete days, after a dental procedure has been carried out on your teeth, so that your teeth can recover completely. Avoid harsh physical activity and limit talking to instances when really important.
- Oral hygiene: Dr Isaac Kashani will recommend a routine of oral hygiene for you after the completion of your treatment. Ensure that you follow the same, if you wish to recover from the surgery and also ensure that your teeth do not fall prey to another dental condition. Use of tobacco should be limited and avoided altogether for the first few days after the treatment.
You can always consult Dr Isaac Kashani for complete details about recovering from your oral surgery. As long as you are following everything that they say, you should not have a problem with your surgery.
Why choose Northridge Advanced Dentistry?
Wondering why you should choose Northridge Advanced Dentistry as your preferred dental destination? Let us help you understand the benefits that you can avail at our clinic for a complete health care solution.
Dr Isaac Kashani is a very professional and qualified dentist, who hold an experience of three decades in this area of dentistry. Their expertise certainly proves to be useful while rendering dental treatments to patients, who make the most of their sincere attitude. By choosing Dr Isaac Kashani, you choose to be treated under an assurance of dental perfection.
Our entire team and staff is a bunch of friendly people, who work to provide a reasonable, affordable and satisfactory dental treatment to you. As with oral surgeries, each one of them take the highest degree of care to ensure that your treatment is carried out in a professional manner, without causing you any problems.
You are welcome to come and discuss all types of payment options with us so that we can take your treatment forward and help you feel comfortable with every stage of your treatment. If you have any queries or doubts regarding your treatment, feel free to contact us and get them resolved from our experts. At Northridge Advanced Dentistry, you can receive the best patient treatment from Dr Isaac Kashani at a very affordable cost.
Tooth Extraction Oral Surgery
The most common myth that exists among patients is, “My wisdom teeth came in and moved my teeth, making them crowded in the front, so I want to remove them so it doesn’t get worse.” HUGE MYTH. It is almost impossible for that to happen. The upper teeth and lower teeth occlude or come together in harmony. So, if your wisdom teeth came in and cause all your bottom teeth to move forward then your teeth would come together appropriately and you would not be able to close your mouth! The real reason a patient should extract their wisdom teeth is if they are impacted, and can cause harm to the nerve if not extracted in time. Also, if there is a huge food trap causing recurring infections, decay in both the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front of the wisdom tooth, which can cause both teeth to go bad. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult to keep the area all the way in the back of the mouth clean. Usually, even after brushing appropriately and flossing, there always remains a lot of plaque and or food stuck in the back of the mouth.
The infection of a tooth and the gums is called Pericornitis. It is caused by a bacterial overgrowth in the area of the wisdom tooth from bacteria that lives in plaque and calculus, which occurs because the area is very hard to keep clean. This is usually due to partially impacted teeth. Teeth become impacted when they are prevented from growing into their normal position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone, or other teeth. Impact is a common reason for the extraction of wisdom teeth. Extraction is the best method of treatment to prevent further problems. Another treatment is removing the gums in that area, which is done by a laser in our office. Teeth may also be extracted to make more room in the mouth prior to straightening the remaining teeth (orthodontic treatment), or because they are so badly positioned that straightening is impossible. Extraction may be used to remove teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. In addition, patients sometimes choose extraction as a less expensive alternative to filling or placing a crown on a severely decayed tooth. This is usually a last resort and is not recommended since teeth do not grow back.
In some situations, tooth extractions may need to be postponed temporarily. These situations include:
- Infection that has progressed from the tooth into the bone. Infections may make anesthesia difficult. They can be treated with antibiotics before the tooth is extracted.
- The patient’s use of drugs that thin the blood (anticoagulants). These medications include warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin. The patient should stop using these medications for three days prior to extraction and always requires a clearance to do so by the patients being treated by a medical doctor.
- Patients who have had any of the following procedures in the previous six months: heart valve replacement, open heart surgery, prosthetic joint replacement, or placement of a medical shunt. These patients may be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
How do we remove teeth?
We do not actually “pull” teeth. Actually, we “push” or elevate teeth. The patient is always numb and feels virtually nothing. We would never complete a procedure such as an extraction unless the patient is numb. We do not want to cause any pain or harm. Tooth extraction can be performed with local anesthesia if the tooth is exposed and appears to be easily removable in one piece. An instrument called an elevator is used to loosen (luxate) the tooth, widen the space in the bone, and break the tiny elastic fibers that attach the tooth to the bone. Once the tooth is dislocated from the bone, it can be lifted and removed with forceps. After the extraction, depending on the case, some patients may require sutures. Depending on the case, one may have self-reabsorbing sutures, or silk sutures that need to be removed by the dentist.
Before an extraction, the dentist will examine the patient’s medical history, noting allergies and prescription medications. A dental history is also taken, with particular attention to previous extractions and reactions to anesthetics. The dentist may then prescribe antibiotics or recommend stopping certain medications prior to the extraction. The tooth is placed under an X-ray to determine its full shape and position, especially if it is impacted.
If the patient is going to have deep anesthesia, he or she should wear loose clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up to allow for an intravenous line. The patient should not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before the procedure. Arrangements should be made for a friend or relative to drive the patient home after the surgery.
Depending on the case, if the tooth is removed simply, there may be LITTLE OR NO POST-OP pain or even swelling.
After an extraction, the wound usually closes in about two weeks. It takes three to six months for the bone and soft tissue to be restructured. Complications such as infection or dry socket may prolong the healing time.
What is a dry socket?
So, an extraction site has a blood clot at the side as a result of the extracted tooth. The blood clot is like a scab, except it does not fall off. It slowly turns into bone and gum tissue. If the blood clot falls out of the site, one may get what is called a dry socket. Any kind of action that will pull the clot out such as the vacuum effect of drinking from a straw, spitting hard, smoking, kissing, brushing the area hard, or any strenuous activity can cause the clot to fall out. If one is experiencing pain a few days after the extraction they may have a dry socket. Treatment of a dry socket includes numbing the patient, placing agitators to start bleeding again, or scraping the area to cause bleeding and make the blood clot form again.
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