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Apicoectomy– Oral Surgery Cleveland

Ocoee Oral Surgery in Cleveland TN offers apicoectomy procedures for patients in which root canals have not been a successful course of treatment.

Ocoee Oral Surgery in Cleveland TN offers apicoectomy procedures for patients in which root canals have not been a successful course of treatment.

Most people are familiar with what a root canal is. Maybe you’ve had one, or someone you know has had to have one performed. But fewer people are familiar with the oral surgery procedure called apicoectomy, or root amputation. Apicoectomy, also known as a root end surgery or root-end filling, is an endodontic procedure during which a tooth’s root tip is removed and a root end cavity is prepared for filling with a biocompatible material.

Apicoectomy becomes a necessary treatment when the traditional root canal procedure has failed and re-treating that tooth has already proven unsuccessful, or is ill-advised. The only alternative past this treatment would be extraction of the affected tooth followed by some type of prosthetic– a dental implant, bridge, or denture.

Why choose apicoectomy for treatment?

In cases of failed root canals, this oral surgery procedure provides hope for saving a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. A maxillofacial surgeon can potentially save the tooth with this oral surgery, thus saving the patient from having to undergo further treatment and expense involved with an implant.

What’s the difference between a root canal and an apicoectomy?

During a conventional root canal procedure, your dentist or endodontist will remove the tooth’s pulp– the soft layer of tissue containing blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth. If a tooth’s pulp is damaged by decay or trauma, it will start to break down, then bacteria will begin to inhabit that space. During the root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the pulp’s chamber cleaned and filled.

An apicoectomy takes the root canal therapy a step further. During the apicoectomy, your Cleveland oral surgeon, in addition to removing the tooth’s pulp, also removes the tip of the tooth’s root. Then the oral surgeon will apply a small filling to seal the tooth’s root.

Risks of Apicoectomy

Though the apicoectomy procedure is often successful in addressing the tooth issue, patients should be aware that in some cases, the surgery won’t be effective, and the tooth will ultimately have to be extracted.

There is also some risk of sinus irritation, particularly if the infected tooth is located on your upper jaw near the back of the mouth. Similarly, if the infected tooth is located on the lower jaw, there is more risk for potential nerve damage, as these teeth are situated close to the system of nerves in your mouth. Your surgeon at Ocoee Oral Surgery will be able to assess your particular situation, and address any potential risks as they pertain to you.

Recovery from Apicoectomy

Since the procedure is more invasive than a root canal, apicoectomy may result in a longer recovery time with a little more pain involved. Some patients will experience swelling and bruising of the face near the treated tooth, and some pain in the days following the procedure. Our staff can help you understand what to expect, and how to approach recovery from the treatment, and as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about this oral surgery.

If you are dealing with an affected tooth, and think an apicoectomy might be the right course of action, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Cleveland oral surgery team today. We’re here to help.

Is Wisdom Teeth Removal a Must?

Wisdom teeth is common for many teens and young adults. While it is a common procedure, is it always necessary? Each person and case is unique and should be reviewed on an individual basis. Here are a few reasons removing wisdom teeth may be beneficial to your dental health.

We recommend removing wisdom teeth when they begin to cause gum problems. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain and swelling. If wisdom teeth have only partially broken through the jaw and tissues they are especially vulnerable to infections and cysts within the jaw bone and gum tissue.

In addition to crowding other teeth, the pockets they create can fill with bacteria and food causing damage to surrounding teeth. This can cause cavities within the root system and tooth extraction will likely be required.

Wisdom tooth removal may also be recommended if their position hinders chewing or jaw function. In some cases they can cause pain and damage to the soft tissues inside the mouth or cause discomfort while chewing.

Tooth alignment can also be affected as wisdom teeth come in. They can press against other teeth and consequently undo the work of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures and other types of dental work.

While there are a variety of reasons wisdom tooth removal may be beneficial, they may not have to be extracted if they are healthy, have fully broken through, are functioning properly and are not crowding other teeth.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from wisdom teeth, call our Cleveland oral surgeon to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implant FAQ

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Dental implants can be the permanent answer for individuals struggling with tooth loss. Dental implants provide a structurally sound restoration with the appearance of natural teeth. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions from patients considering dental implants.

Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?
A: Dental implants bond well to the jawbone and create a strong fit that are less likely to weaken over time. This option provides a natural appearance and feel.

Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A: There must be sufficient bone material for long term success with dental implants. X-rays and a jaw exam will help to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. A bone graft may be recommended if you have experienced bone loss.

Q: What is the cost of dental implants?
A: Consider the long term cost of dental implants versus the long term cost of alternatives. While dentures and dental bridges may have a lower initial cost, they will lose their shape over time and will need to be replaced. Dental implants provide a lifelong solution.

Q: Should I do anything specific to take care of my dental implants?
A: Dental implants require care similar to that of your natural teeth. Proper brushing and regular visits to your dentist will ensure your natural, shining smile.

Our Cleveland oral surgeon provides a variety of dental implants, bridges, dentures and other alternatives to lessen the impact of tooth loss in your daily life. Contact us today for more information on tooth loss and dental implants.

Dental Implants for Tooth Loss

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Decay, trauma and disease can all be factors in tooth loss. Missing teeth effects people of all ages and impacts eating, speaking and other components of daily life. In some cases, tooth loss isn’t preventable, but regular dental care can ensure the health and durability of your teeth.

There are several common reasons for tooth loss.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor oral hygiene is one leading causes of tooth loss. When you neglect caring for your teeth and gums you increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these conditions can lead to tooth loss. Proper flossing and brushing can help to keep your smile strong, healthy and intact.

Unhealthy Diet
Sugary and acidic foods are especially harmful to your teeth and gums. A balanced diet that is rich in nutrients can strengthen the bones surrounding your teeth and prevent against tooth loss. Not only is a healthy diet important for your oral health, but it is an essential component in your overall health.

Physical Trauma
Contact sports and physical trauma are another leading cause in tooth loss. Mouth guards and other protective equipment can help ensure the health of your team.

Lifestyle
Smoking leads to a host of problems and tooth loss. Not only does it weaken and infect the gums, tissues and bones, but it is the leading cause of oral diseases and cancers.

Limited Preventative Care
Regular visits to your dentist can detect problems in their early stages and help to create a strong and healthy teeth and gums.

If tooth loss is impacting your quality of life, our Cleveland oral surgeons can help. From bridges and dentures to dental implants, we have the solution to fit you lifestyle. Call oral surgeon office today at 423.479.8544 to schedule an appointment.

Aging and Dental Implants

18735801_lAging affects all aspects of physical health, including your teeth and gums. As you age, the probability of losing your natural teeth increases. Many seniors rely on partial or full dentures to maintain their daily activities. Managing the shifts in your teeth and their arrangement can help ensure a healthy smile for years to come.

Receding gum lines are a common problem impacting seniors. The gum line recedes slowly over time, similar to the hairline. For women, fluctuations in hormone levels are to blame. Puberty, pregnancy and menopause can all impact the structure of your teeth. While the changes are gradual, they can impact your oral health over time. Therefore, it is important to continue visiting your dentist to monitor any changes.

Periodontal infections and bacterial infections can also result in changes to your gum line. Both of these infections can decrease gum tissue and weaken the supporting bone. However, periodontal disease can be treated with the proper care and procedures.

There are also several other causes of gum disease. Gum disease and recession are genetic and passed down through families. It can also be caused by overly aggressive brushing. Gentle brushing twice a day can help to remove plaque and preserve the integrity of your gums. Crooked or misaligned teeth can also leave you vulnerable to gum disease. Excess force on the gum and bones as well as damage from brushing and flossing can be other factors in gum recession.

Tobacco use causes a decline in your overall oral health and contributes to a host of issues. Using smoked or chewed tobacco dries the saliva that balances pH levels, introduces harmful bacteria, stains your teeth, contributes to gum recession and increases your risk of oral cancers.

While there is no way to completely prevent the gum recession that comes with aging, eliminating the contributing factors can help to preserve your gums and keep them healthy. When you are facing gum recession and natural tooth loss, the trained professionals at Ocoee Oral Surgery can provide dental implants to restore your smile to its former glory and lessen the impact on daily activities, such as eating and talking. Dental implants preserve your natural teeth while preventing shifting and further gum loss.

If you feel that dental implants are the correct choice for you, please contact the team at Ocoee Oral Surgery.