Oral Surgery Q & A

Oral surgery is the umbrella term for an array of dental procedures, most of which your dentist performs in the office. Oral surgery can range from minor to more invasive and encompasses both the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, developmental or genetic face deformities, traumatic injuries, and cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

When needed, the Volterra Dental team efficiently manages aesthetic, functional, and pathologic dental problems with oral surgery.

If you experience anxiety and apprehension during your dental visit and oral surgery, your Volterra Dental dentist provides sedation options. Sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease and allow you to relax in the dental chair for your procedure.

Different conditions call for different types of oral surgery:

  • Tooth Extraction: Tooth extraction involves the surgical removal of your tooth. This oral surgery is often necessary when a tooth is decayed or badly damaged. Tooth extractions are also common when your wisdom teeth are impacted and form in a position that inhibits proper growth.
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery: Corrective jaw surgery can involve TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, and surgeries for trauma to the jaw, malocclusion, and other reasons.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that hold your dentures and other dental prostheses in place and provide stability. The dental implants bond to your jawbone over time in a process called osseointegration. Bone grafting procedures might be necessary for the proper placement of dental implants in the jaw, depending on the condition of the jaw.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a piece of tissue for testing. The signs of oral cancer often aren’t obvious. If your dentist notices an abnormality in or near your mouth, face, neck, or jaw, he might perform a biopsy for diagnosis.

Dental technology, equipment, and techniques for oral surgeries have improved significantly. You can have most oral surgeries in the Volterra Dental office, so there’s no long waiting list, and in most cases, you can return home immediately afterward.

Your recovery period depends on the type of surgery performed, but today’s surgeries offer less recovery and more efficiency than ever before.

The dentist at Volterra Dental is highly qualified and experienced in performing oral surgeries. Call the office at (562) 501-3188 or schedule your appointment online today.

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Dr. Richard Blackburn is a highly sought after dentist in Los Alamitos. Having received training at Midwestern University, he earned a strong reputation amongst his instructors and peers as an exceptionally skilled and professional clinician. He possesses extensive training and experience in wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, restorations, implant placement, sleep, and TMJ analysis, among other general dentistry treatments. In addition to enjoying family time, he loves to visit the beach. Being born and raised in Southern Orange County, he is keen to give back to the community and strives to build lasting relationships through comfortable, customized, and high-quality dental treatments.