Typically wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth that may need removal. They erupt into the mouth between late teens to early twenties. However, if there is not enough room in our jaw for full functional eruption, several problems can occur - pain, swelling, infection, bone loss, root resorption, and/or cyst formation.
Dr. Yi and staff can help you determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed and guide you through preoperative and postoperative instructions to prepare you.
Dental Implant and Bone Graft
Dental Implant is a great option for replacing missing tooth. This is done through a collaborative effort between a Restorative Dentist (for the crown portion) and an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon (for the root portion). The root portion is a titanium screw-like structure that is permanently attached to your jaw bone; and once the crown portion is placed, it functions and feels like your own tooth.
Bone graft is sometimes needed to prepare the jaw bone for dental implant placement. This will help create bone adequate width and volume - like building a solid foundation (jaw bone) before the posts (titanium dental implant) and the house (crown) is build.
Dr. Yi and staff can help you determine if you will benefit from Dental Implant and Bone Grafting procedure.
IV Sedation and Anesthesia
Most people have reservations and fears about having any surgery, and especially Oral Surgery. Our office offers Local anesthesia (numbing injections), Nitrous sedation (laughing gas), Oral sedation (sleepy pill), and IV Sedation/General anesthesia ("put to sleep"). General anesthesia in a local hospital setting is also available as needed. Dr. Yi will determine if you are a good candidate for these Sedation/Anesthesia options.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to provide a safe and comfortable experience as you have your Oral Surgery care done at our office.
Even the most innocent appearing lesions can be a pre-cancerous lesion. Oral pathology is best diagnosed when examined by a professional and biopsy (surgical removal of the tissue sample) is performed. The tissue sample is then sent to an Oral Pathologist who can diagnosed under the microscope. Once a histological diagnosis have been made, Dr. Yi can help with further treatment recommendations as needed.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to answer any questions regarding Oral Pathology and the Biopsy procedure.
After removing teeth, the area of missing teeth will need sometimes to be "shaped" in ideal form to receive a prosthesis or a "denture". This is what we call Pre-prosthetic Surgery. This usually entails modifying the bony ridge and gums to allow a more proper fit of your future denture.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to help you understand what Pre-prosthetic surgery is all about.
Impacted Canine Surgery
Sometimes, a canine tooth becomes impacted or "stuck", and will need surgical exposure to have a bracket bonded to it for the Orthodontist to help eruption into its proper position. Early intervention and coordination with your Orthodontist are critical to achieving predictable result.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to discuss the need for Impacted Canine surgery with the help of your Orthodontist.
Jaw Surgery & Facial Trauma Surgery
Jaw Surgery is needed when misalignment of upper and lower jaw creates a pathological condition, where there's TMJ pain, difficulty chewing, breathing issues, etc. This is usually done in conjunction with Orthodontic treatment. Facial Trauma Surgery is needed when facial harmony and alignment of soft tissue, jaw bone, and teeth needs to be re-established after sustaining significant facial trauma.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to discuss what procedure is right for you.
Our office is equipped with new Cone-Beam CT (Computed Tomography) to better assess jaw bones, pathology, and alignment, while minimizing radiation exposure. This 3D technology is specifically made to provide the best imaging quality while putting patient's safety as priority. We can take images focusing on specific area without exposing the entire facial structures.
Dr. Yi and staff are prepared to help you with any questions regarding this technology.