Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. At Hampton Dentistry, we offer a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery services for all ages of patients. Dedicated to providing you the best surgical care, our oral surgeon has extensive expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and bone grafting to wisdom tooth removal and general tooth extraction, utilizing techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the replacement tooth is attached onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, they don’t have to be removed.
We also offer Mini Dental Implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. A narrower implant may best serve patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures, pre-molar teeth, or a missing tooth that was located in a narrow area. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be used immediately. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants.
If you are considering implants, we will provide a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
It is common for patients who have been missing a tooth or several teeth for an extended period of time to need a bone grafting procedure. When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the jaw bone may begin to resorb, or deteriorate, making some tooth replacement procedures, like the placement of dental implants, difficult to perform. If there is not enough bone present to surround the implant, the implant may not be stable enough to support the tooth crown and is likely to have future complications. There are many different bone grafting procedures that can be performed; the treatment that you receive will depend on your individual case and oral needs.
People who have developed a full set of primary teeth are unaware that they may have an additional set of teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, are often undetectable without regular dental examinations. The presence of wisdom teeth can cause many oral health issues, especially when the teeth become impacted, meaning that they come in at an angle or remain trapped beneath the gums. When this happens, patients often experience sore, aching gums as the teeth attempt to erupt but cannot.
Other oral health problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth include:
• Crowding, malocclusion (misaligned bite), and other orthodontic problems.
• Traumatic damage to surrounding bones and teeth.
• Cyst (liquid or pus filled growth) development around the affected molars.
• Gum tissue damage. Impacted wisdom teeth often cause flaps of tissue to form around them. These can be uncomfortable and may harbor harmful bacteria.
• Periodontal (gum) disease, which could allow toxins to deteriorate surrounding tissues and, in some cases, lead to systemic infection.
Often is recommended that the wisdom teeth be removed early, usually during the mid to late teens, even if the teeth have not begun to emerge from the gums yet. The removal process generally results in a more superior outcome because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed, and younger patients are more likely to experience a quick recovery after surgery. Additionally, early removal may prevent the potential injury to a nerve that runs through the lower jaw.
Teeth that have been damaged by decay or a traumatic fracture can often be fixed with a filling, root canal, or crown. On occasion, when there is too much damage for one of these procedures to be effective, the damaged tooth or teeth must be removed. Common reasons for requiring a tooth extraction include infection, crowding, and tooth loosening. Tooth removal procedures can often be completed during a single surgical visit.
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The staff at Hampton Dentistry are truly attentive and friendly. Dr. Baker, with her kind and honest demeanor, puts one’s mind completely at ease.
Just about every facet of oral problem solvers can be found on the premises by leading experts in their field. But topping the list is Dr. Danielle Baker herself!