Dental Surgery

Dental surgery is needed for many reasons such as a smile makeover, or to correct an injury. Other dental surgery may be a simple extraction such as wisdom teeth removal. Dental surgery allows doctors to correct conditions or to improve a patient’s smile. Typically, dental surgery is outpatient, and your dentist may have referred you to an oral surgeon nearby.

At Orange County Center, we focus on prevention and practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep our teeth and mouth healthy. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always put our patient’s health first. Many people need oral surgery at some point in their life, and finding a good oral surgeon you can trust is important.

What Are the Common Types of Dental Surgery?

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular restorative option for patients seeking to correct their smile. Implants typically involve multiple appointments in our office. Dental implants are durable, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

During the implant process the post acts like an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. A healing process is needed to allow the implant to fuse to the jawbone, and create a sturdy and stable base for the crown. After the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office to have the crown affixed securely on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Implants restore the function of our teeth and look natural. If a patient does not have enough bone present in the jaw to support dental implants, bone grafting can be done. This is an additional step that requires a separate healing process before your implants can be placed.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals involve cleaning out the infected or inflamed pulp area of a tooth. Root canals can save a tooth and restore its functionality. This procedure can eliminate pain, and prevent future bacteria from entering the area. Root canals are extremely common, and can prevent the patient from requiring tooth extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, and in some cases, they can be impacted. Often times wisdom teeth cause crowding, and if not removed can cause damage to the other adult teeth around them. To avoid issues in the future, wisdom teeth are extracted. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine surgery, and anesthesia is used to keep the patient calm and comfortable. Once the teeth are removed the area is stitched, and patients can begin the healing process.

Cosmetic Surgery

If a patient is unhappy with their appearance, or are ready to rejuvenate their smile, cosmetic surgery is an option. Cosmetic surgery involves multiple procedures that are combined to improve a patient’s smile. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, or orthodontics. Most procedures can be done right in our office and do not need an oral surgeon.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery is needed if a patient has an injury to their mouth or jaw. This type of surgery can help repair the jaw or teeth, and restore the functionality of your mouth. Other issues that may require reconstructive surgery include patients that have lost their teeth or have severe decay. The condition of your teeth will determine what surgical procedures are necessary to restore your smile. Procedures such as implants or bone grafting are examples of what may be needed to reconstruct your smile.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of dental surgery, contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in San Clemente has years of experience in creating beautiful smiles, and we strive to provide exceptional service. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a friendly and welcoming environment. Let our team help you restore your confidence with a new smile.

To schedule your consultation, contact Orange County Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Underbite

An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some feel like this resembles a bulldog and many are self-conscious about their smile. Unfortunately, there are no devices that can cover an underbite. Underbite cases can be mild or severe, and the good news is this condition is treatable. Severe cases may cause oral health problems such as problems eating, speaking, or moving the jaw. If you have an underbite it is always important to contact a professional for help.

What Causes an Underbite?

Many things may cause an underbite where your teeth do not align properly.  During childhood, many kids use their tongues to push on their teeth, use a pacifier, or suck their thumb. All of these habits can cause the teeth to misalign. In most cases an underbite is genetic, and another person in the family also has an underbite. Other reasons could include an injury, tumor, or a defect such as a cleft lip or palate.

What Treatments Are Available for an Underbite?

Treating an underbite can help make your teeth easier to clean, and can prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting your bite can take the strain off of the jaw and facial muscles, and allow the patient to eat and speak normally without pain.

A common treatment for an underbite is orthodontics. Braces or other dental appliances can gently move teeth into place and correct an underbite. Depending on the severity of the underbite, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary. If the underbite is extremely severe, oral surgery may be necessary to correct the condition.

Interested in Finding Out More About Treatments for an Underbite?

If your child or a family member has an underbite, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Our dentist in Newport Beach can discuss treatment options, and treating an underbite as soon as possible can help the jaw and mouth function normally. Our team at Orange County Center has years of experience in treating underbite conditions and we love to help patients correct their smiles. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a calm and welcoming environment. Let our team restore your confidence, and help you get that smile of your dreams!

Contact Orange County Center to schedule a consultation, and to find out more about underbite treatment options.

How Long Do Stitches Last After Oral Surgery

If you recently had oral surgery and are recovering, or just found out you need oral surgery, you may wonder how the healing process will go. Many ask how long the stitches will last after the procedure. Whether you had a tooth extracted, or have had another type of oral surgery, taking care of yourself after recovery and following the post-procedure instructions is important.

What Can I Expect After My Oral Surgery?

After any oral surgery, you will notice swelling or inflammation around the mouth or area involved in the procedure. This is normal and will last 3-4 days after the surgery. After this time the swelling should subside. Stitches are a big concern to patients, and many do not realize the stitches are typically dissolvable. Most sutures will dissolve or fall out on their own after 2-7 days.

 

Depending on the procedure and the number of stitches required will determine how long they will take to dissolve. Different types of sutures may take up to two weeks or more to dissolve. Before you begin your surgery, our team will discuss what your procedure requires, and what you can expect during recovery. Our team will review what type of suture is required for your procedure, and let you know how long you can expect the stitches to last.

What Other Things Should I Watch Out for During Recovery?

After any oral surgery, you may also notice some bleeding around the area. This should subside after 48-72 hours. We recommend using gauze with pressure to help stop the bleeding, and repeat as the bleeding continues. If the bleeding does not subside after 72 hours, or you have prolonged pain we encourage you to contact our office right away. If pain medications are prescribed, patients should make sure to take their medication as directed to help with the recovery. Nausea is common after anesthesia, and if you start to feel nauseous, please try eating. If eating does not help along with the medication you are taking, please call our office.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Surgery?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in Mission Viejo have years of experience in oral surgery and welcome new patients to our practice. We create a comfortable and relaxed environment for our patients and always provide the very best care. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our doctors offer the latest techniques and surgical procedures to our patients. When you visit Orange County Center, you know you are in good hands.

To schedule an appointment with us, contact Orange County Center, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Medicare Cover Oral Surger

Medicare is a common dental coverage option for many patients and may cover oral surgery if the surgery is medically necessary. Surgeries that are medically necessary help to treat a condition, disease, or injury. If your surgery is for cosmetic reasons Medicare typically does not cover this type of procedure. Examples include crowns, dentures, or bridges. Patients usually must pay full cost for these types of treatments, unless they have another dental insurance such as Medicare Advantage.

What About Wisdom Teeth Surgery or a Tooth Removal?

If you require a tooth to be extracted, or you need wisdom tooth surgery, Medicare will cover both of these items if the surgery is medically necessary. Otherwise, an alternative insurance plan must be used that includes dental coverage for tooth extractions.

What Dental Procedures Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare only covers procedures that are medically necessary, but the Medicare Advantage plan includes dental benefits and covers other dental services.

Dental Services Covered by Medicare Advantage

  • Cleanings and exams
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • X-rays
  • Diagnostics
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Dentures

How Much Does Oral Surgery Cost With Medicare?

Medicare Part A requires a $1,408 deductible for each benefit period. Once the deductible is met, there is no coinsurance required for the first 60 days of a hospital stay. If you require oral surgery this type of procedure is typically outpatient. In order to receive coverage, you must enroll in Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B has an annual deductible of $198 per year before oral surgery costs will be covered. Typically, patients are responsible for 20 percent of the approved surgery. Medicare Advantage plans may cover routine procedures and oral surgery.

If you have questions about Medicare coverage and what plans you should enroll in, we encourage you to speak to a licensed Medicare agent to discuss your coverage. Our team at Orange County Center can also provide information, and help answer any questions you may have.

Ready To Find Out More About Coverage for Oral Surgery With Medicare?

If you have questions about your insurance coverage, we encourage you to contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in Lake Forest is always available to answer any questions you have and can help point you in the right direction. We accept many insurance plans and always work with our patients to ensure they can receive the dental care they need.

To schedule an appointment, or to speak to one of our team members, contact Orange County Center and we will be happy to assist you.

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