What Are the Benefits of a Board-Certified Oral Surgeon vs. a Dentist?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in performing operations on the teeth, jawbones, gums, face, and surrounding oral structures. These professionals can perform advanced procedures such as:
- Bone grafting
- Gum grafting
- Facial reconstruction
- Implant placements
- Orthodontic surgeries
- Ridge augmentation and expansion
- Wisdom teeth removal
Most dentists specialize in general oral healthcare. They can examine and diagnose a variety of dental illnesses and can perform simple surgeries such as:
- Crown placements
- Denture and bridge installations
- Simple extractions
- Scaling and root planing
- Root canals
Your general dentist should be able to treat the most common types of oral health problems. However, when you need a complicated or restorative surgery, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon instead.
Why Should I See an Oral Surgeon for a Tooth Extraction?
There are two main types of tooth extractions – simple and surgical. A simple extraction can be done whenever a portion of your tooth is above the gum line and can be grasped with a pair of forceps. Your general dentist should be able to perform a simple extraction.
Whenever a tooth becomes impacted, breaks below the gum line, or poses other complications, you may need to see an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons, like Dr. Shillingburg, can perform the types of operations necessary to safely remove problematic teeth and preserve the health of your smile.
Can Oral Surgeons Do Implants?
Yes! Here at DFW Oral Surgeons, we specialize in implant placements. For most patients, we can install implants by attaching a titanium screw to the jawbone. A portion of the implant remains above the gums’ surface, while the other half merges with the bone to provide support.
Because you need to be in good health to undergo this procedure, we may need to use an alternate implant method if your jawbones are weak or deteriorated. By introducing a bone graft to the site, we can strengthen your jaw and allow you to receive this treatment. Alternately, we can install zygomatic implants in the cheekbones and avoid needing a bone graft altogether.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
When performed by a skilled oral surgeon, implant placements are some of the safest available. Implants have a very high success rate. When properly cared for, they have very few complications. At DFW Oral Surgeons, we have provided high-quality implant placements to patients in and around Flower Mound, Texas, since 1989. Dr. Shillingburg himself has been with our practice since 2009 and is a trusted name among oral surgeons.
After your implant procedure, we will provide you care instructions. These instructions will give you all the information necessary to ensure your mouth heals properly. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have before or after your visit.
Do You Install Dental Implants for Dentures?
Yes! Dentures are now more comfortable and functional than ever before with the help of dental implants. Once installed, your implants will firmly anchor your dentures in place, allowing you to eat and speak comfortably. This option is available for both full and partial dentures.
During your consultation with Dr. Shillingburg, he will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, jaws, and mouth and recommend the best implants for your smile.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
This is a question we often get from patients who are about to undergo oral surgery, such as dental implants. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry! We will give you a sedative so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure.
We have a range of sedation options available, so you can choose whether you want to be somewhat conscious or fully asleep. Visit our sedation page here to see all of our available options.
Can an Oral Surgeon Detect Cancer?
Yes, we have multiple tools available to help us diagnose oral cancers. If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, please call us right away to schedule an appointment. We can perform a biopsy, if needed, to determine whether you are at risk of cancer. The earlier we can begin addressing any potential problems, the more successful your treatment will be.
Why Should I Visit an Oral Surgeon for TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the joints that control your jaw movements. This condition is often caused by chronic grinding and clenching, bone erosion, or a traumatic injury. In its early stages, TMJ can typically be corrected with either a stint or nightguard.
If the problem progresses, oral surgery may be necessary to repair the joints. This procedure may involve adjusting the jawbone’s positioning, removing small amounts of inflamed tissue, or replacing the joint altogether. Dr. Shillingburg will use X-ray and CT scan technology to pinpoint the cause of your pain and make a treatment plan.
To learn more about our services, please call our office at 972-947-5742, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online.