Procedures Our Palm Springs Oral Surgery Team Performs
Feeling confident goes beyond having a beautiful smile. Maintaining your oral health is key to being the best version of yourself, and that’s what our Palm Springs oral surgery dentists want you to be. With over two decades of experience and the latest and greatest technology, our team performs multiple surgeries so you can get your oral health back on track.
An infected, inflamed or otherwise damaged end of your tooth root requires an apicoectomy, which removes the harmful tissue in the tooth root but keeps the top of your tooth in place. How extensive the procedure, also known as a root-end resection, is depends on the patient. Some conditions require a filling, too, but that’s for your dentist to decide after examining your tooth root.
Bone grafting involves surgically placing metal posts in your jaw so they fuse with the surrounding bone to support crowns, bridges and dentures. After your dentists places these posts, they’ll support your crowns, bridges and dentures for a lifetime.
Because it’s so beneficial, several patients ask our dentists to perform a bone grafting on them. However, we can and will only proceed with a bone grafting procedure if you have the required jawbone strength. If our dentists find you don’t, there are steps we can take to ensure your jawbone builds the necessary strength to receive this treatment. Ask your dentist about what this entails if you don’t qualify for but want a bone grafting.
Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip Surgery
Many of the 1 in every 700 babies born with a cleft lip every year also have a cleft palate. Both can lead to speech problems, difficulty eating and struggling with confidence, among other health issues. The good news is the Palm Springs oral surgery team can help if you have a cleft lip or cleft palate. The reconstructive surgery we offer addresses either one, and your dentist can customize the surgery to maximize your benefits.
There are times when one of our dentists will find something unusual, such as a cyst or abnormal growth, during a routine examination. We’ve even found cancerous lesions during these examinations, but fortunately for you, our dentists know how to handle these situations. After diagnosing what they find, our dentists will safely and effectively remove anything unusual.
Some teeth have such a considerable amount of damage, the best form of treatment is to remove them. Examples of when this could happen are if you have:
- Damaged teeth. Teeth severely damaged by trauma, decay, gum disease or other issues are candidates for extraction.
- Wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and they can crowd or impact the rest of your teeth. If you need them extracted, you’ll receive a proper dose of anesthesia before your dentist removes them.
- Impacted canines. When an existing tooth blocks the upper canine teeth from coming in, your dentist can remove it to allow your upper canine teeth to come in. This ensures your upper canine teeth correctly develop and you enjoy proper oral function.
Temporomandibular Joints Disorder Treatment
Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the lower jaw to the skull. When they become strained, inflamed or damaged, you can experience:
- Muscular pain
- Pain around the ear
- Difficulty chewing
So you don’t have to suffer from TMJ Disorder, our dentists can offer you a custom oral appliance to wear at night. This will gently move your jaw into its proper position. If your case is more severe, we can perform oral surgery to repair your joint.
Dental anxiety is something every dentist at Desert Dental Alternatives recognizes, and we want to make sure all of our patients feel comfortable during their treatments. If you experience dental anxiety, you can opt for oral conscious sedation. This includes taking a pill several hours before your procedure that will eventually put you in a twilight state, effectively relaxing you for the duration of your procedure while being able to respond to and answer questions from your dentist.
Using a YAG laser, short for yttrium aluminum garnet laser, allows our dentists to perform procedures more efficiently and accurately. On top of that, a YAG laser minimizes discomfort and reduces recovery times. A YAG laser is our go-to method for periodontal procedures because it can reshape your gums and remove bacteria. Desert Dental Alternatives dentists also use it to treat hard tissues.
Platelet Rich Fibrin to Minimize Recovery Time
We utilize innovation to minimize your surgery’s recovery time with platelet rich fibrin (PRF). This process includes drawing a small blood sample from you and using a special device to obtain its high concentration of platelets, or special blood cells that help blood clot. We’ll then administer these enriched cells to your surgical site so you can have a speedier recovery process. Two procedures that may include your dentist utilizing PRF are a tooth extraction and bone grafting.
Receive the Oral Surgery You Need at Desert Dental Alternatives
Maintaining quality oral health is part of living a comfortable and happy life. Having the Desert Dental Alternatives team help you resolve any of your oral health concerns will give you something to smile about!