Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery
Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is Dr. Alejandro Saenz. He performs the following procedures:
Wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is a procedure performed with local anesthesia, usually simple and it’s recovery generally is very quick. It is advisable to remove the wisdom teeth at an age between 15 and 30, since they are the last teeth that come out, they tend to push other teeth making them go crooked.
Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct dentofacial deformities through the mobilization of the maxilla and mandible. Therefore, this type of surgery aims to move the jaw to a proper position, more aesthetic, more functional and healthier. This is achieved through the combination of efforts of the specialists in Orthodontics (moves the teeth) and the specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (moves the bones).
Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.
At DDS Dental, dental implants are a team effort. A successful implant requires that all parties involved - patient; the restorative dentist and the surgeon - stay in close contact with each other to make sure everyone clearly understands what needs to be done to meet the patient’s expectations.
In order to determine the best treatment for each patient, an extensive number of diagnostic records must be taken. These include x-rays, CT Scan 3D Tomography, models, photos and an examination. This information together with the patient’s desires will determine the ideal treatment.
Dental Implant Placement Surgery
Surgical placement of an implant fixture or post is the first step in your dental implant treatment. A dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and covered by the gum or by a special ‘healing cap’. Top quality dental implants permanently integrate with your jawbone in about 4 to 6 months.
Occasionally, if a patient does not have a sufficient amount of bone to place an implant, a bone graft may be necessary prior to implant placement.
When the implants have stabilized in the jaw, the restorative dentist prepares an impression of the upper and lower jaws. This impression is used to make the model from which the implant will be supported:
Implant supported crown.
Implant supported bridge.