At New Haven Dental Group in Woodbridge, we strive to provide patients with comprehensive services. That is why our team features dentists with the training and experience necessary to perform complex procedures, including oral surgery. This page explains what you can expect with oral surgery and discusses a few of the specific surgeries that we are able to perform in our office. If you ever have questions about the treatments we offer, or you believe you could benefit from one of the following procedures, contact us today.
We begin any oral surgery process with a thorough consultation. We will let you know why we recommend a specific surgery and whether there are any alternative options. We will also answer your questions about what you can expect on the day of your treatment. Before your procedure begins, we will use detailed scans of your teeth and the surrounding structures to plan exactly what we will do in order to achieve the desired results.
We take measures to ensure our patients are comfortable during their surgery. After the procedure is done, you may need to take it easy for a few days or longer. We will give you detailed postoperative instructions to help you minimize your chance of complications and ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
When the pulp inside of a tooth suffers damage or infection, root canal therapy may become necessary. During the procedure, we access the tooth’s pulp and clean out the damaged area using special tools. We also remove the tooth’s nerve, which was likely sending pain signals to the brain, before we fill in the tooth with a special material called gutta percha. Following root canal therapy, we usually place a crown to protect the treated tooth and help it regain full function.
We strive to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. In some cases, however, it becomes necessary to remove one or more teeth. If that happens to you, we will numb the area. Then, we will use forceps to grip the tooth and gently rock it back and forth in order to break the ligaments that connect it to the surrounding tissue. After the tooth is out, we will use gauze to control any bleeding. Depending on why we had to remove the tooth, we may be able to replace it later on with a dental implant.
Wisdom tooth extractions are particularly complex because the teeth are often fully or partially impacted (stuck beneath the gum line). We may need to make an incision in the gums and/or break the teeth into pieces to get them out. Once we remove them, we will close the incision. It usually takes about one week after wisdom tooth removal surgery for patients to get back to their normal eating and drinking routine.