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If you require more extensive treatment, Lifetime Dental is happy to offer a number of options for oral surgery, including wisdom teeth removal, extractions for unsavable teeth, and frenectomies.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

As one of the most common oral surgery treatments offered in dentistry, wisdom teeth removal is most often performed during the late teens and into early adulthood. Your wisdom teeth are the third back molars, the last set of teeth to develop. Because most mouths are not large enough to comfortably accommodate wisdom teeth, they often become impacted, or trapped in the jaw bone or gums.

Wisdom teeth that become impacted, especially those that are partially or fully erupted tend to be difficult to clean, and they become more susceptible to decay, infections, and gum disease. Impacted teeth may also pose a risk to the nearby second molars, pushing these teeth, causing unwanted tooth movement and crowding. Removing these molars by the time the patient is a young adult, prevents future problems and ensures optimal healing.

Extractions, Bone Graft and Membrane

Our dentists prefer to save a tooth whenever possible, however, there are times when an extraction becomes the last option. When extraction is ever needed, our dentists highly recommend including bone graft and membrane for most extractions. A small amount of bone powder is placed directly into the extraction site to promote proper form and function of bone tissue regeneration. A small nonresorbable synthetic membrane will then be placed over the extraction site to protect the bone graft and promote proper healing.

Benefits for including bone graft and membrane during an extraction:

  • Keeps the natural shape of the jaw in tact
  • Keeps the gum line at its original height
  • Keeps nearby teeth from collapsing into the extraction socket
  • Helps support the natural bite
  • Prevents other structural deterioration
  • Prepares and strengthens the bone for future implants

What to Expect

For treatments, such as wisdom teeth removal, our dentists can provide patients with safe and effective anesthesia, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV conscious sedation. Recovery time can take up to two weeks, however, most patients can go back to work or school after three days. If your job requires heavy lifting or if you are involved in strenuous sports, you may need to take an extra few days off. Patients should expect soreness and swollen gums and cheeks that will gradually improve as they heal. Aftercare instructions will be provided by our team.

Frenectomy (Tongue Tie) Treatment

Also known as a tongue-tie or lip-tie, a frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to remove excessive connective tissue in the mouth. It can be performed for both children and adults. Patients who receive this treatment often do so to help improve their ability to eat and speak.

A frenectomy is a relatively easy procedure. It can be completed in one visit with Dr. Gubler, Dr. Gorman, or Dr. Hill.  Our dentists use a soft-tissue laser, which minimizes discomfort and bleeding and speeds healing. Laser treatment is best for patients, as it sterilizes at touch, making less risk for infection. Expected healing times range from three to five days, depending on the individual. You will be provided with after-care instructions so that you have a successful healing period.

Prior to, as well as after a frenectomy, our dentists will provide most patients with specialized daily exercises to practice. These oral exercises are very important to ensure a successful outcome. For optimal results, the patient must practice the pre-op and post-op exercises as prescribed.

If you have questions about your particular need for oral surgery or are expect an upcoming an oral surgery in Rogers, Arkansas, call our office at 479-631-9393 to speak to one of our staff or schedule an appointment.