Oral Surgery Procedures in Toledo, Bowling Green & Wauseon OH
The oral, maxillofacial, and periodontal surgeons at Harbor Light are dental specialists who have undergone extensive additional training beyond dentistry. Our focus is on complex surgical procedures of the mouth, jaw, and face, performing surgical tooth extractions, corrective jaw surgery, and the full spectrum of facial injuries and deformities. Our periodontal surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating gum diseases, including gum grafting and implant placement.
Dental implants are a cutting-edge solution for replacing missing teeth. During this procedure, a titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a sturdy foundation for a lifelike artificial tooth, ensuring improved functionality and aesthetics. As the only permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants are at the forefront of advanced oral surgery to improve oral health and restore the patient’s ability to eat, speak, and enjoy life with a beautiful smile.
Bone grafting is a vital technique in oral surgery that restores bone volume, often necessary before dental implant placement. This procedure involves taking bone from another source or using synthetic materials to encourage new bone growth, providing the required support for implants or dentures.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery procedure, often required due to the limited space in the jaw for these third molars. Extracting wisdom teeth can prevent pain, infection, and dental misalignment, contributing to overall oral health. Your dentist may refer you to Harbor Light for surgical removal of wisdom teeth to prevent future problems or resolve pain and infection due to impacted wisdom teeth.
Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, corrects severe jaw misalignments that lead to functional and aesthetic issues. This procedure improves bite alignment and facial symmetry, enhancing oral function and appearance. Our surgeons perform cutting-edge jaw surgery to correct a wide range of issues backed by the latest advancements in orthognathic care.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
Tooth extractions are necessary for damaged or infected teeth that cannot be saved. A tooth is carefully removed during this procedure to prevent further oral health complications, with various techniques adapted to the specific case. While your dentist may be able to perform a simple, non-surgical extraction, more complex extractions are referred to our office for surgical removal to minimize trauma to the surrounding bone and soft tissues.
Pre-prosthetic surgery prepares the mouth for dental prosthetics like dentures. Procedures can include bone reshaping, soft tissue modifications, and extraction of problematic teeth to ensure a comfortable fit for prosthetic appliances.
Oral pathology deals with diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the mouth and surrounding areas. Our oral pathologists investigate various conditions, including oral cancers, ulcers, and infections, to facilitate early intervention and appropriate treatment plans.
Exposure of Impacted Teeth
Exposure of impacted teeth is a procedure to uncover teeth that have not appropriately erupted, often performed on canines and premolars. Our oral surgeons collaborate with your orthodontist to create a path for the tooth to emerge correctly into the dental arch and provide the room needed for appropriate orthodontic treatment to restore proper balance and function.
Anesthesia in oral surgery ensures patient comfort and safety during procedures. Techniques range from local anesthesia for minor surgeries to general anesthesia for complex and lengthy operations, with careful consideration of the patient’s needs and medical history. Our surgeons have had years of additional training in administering and monitoring anesthesia during all oral surgeries.
Periodontal surgery addresses advanced gum disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Surgical procedures aim to remove the infection, restore gum health, and prevent further deterioration of the supporting structures.
LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is an advanced, laser-based technique for treating gum disease. LANAP is minimally invasive and can help patients avoid more invasive surgery when suffering from progressive periodontal disease. LANAP uses a specialized dental laser to selectively target and remove infected or diseased gum tissue while preserving healthy tissue. Recovery times are faster than traditional surgical options, with less pain and bleeding.
LAPIP (Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) LAPIP targets Peri-Implantitis, which is inflammation and infection around dental implants. Peri-Implantitis, left untreated, can lead to bone loss around the implants and loss of the implants. LAPIP effectively treats Peri-Implantitis, can save the implants without incisions or stitches, and promotes faster recovery.
Patients considering any of the above oral or periodontal procedures should schedule an initial consultation by contacting our offices at West Toledo Office Phone Number 419-517-2100.