Dentoalveolar surgery is another form of specialized surgical treatment for the face and mouth. However, this surgery focuses on correcting issues with the alveolar bone, which is the thickened ridge of bone that contains the tooth sockets and supports the teeth. Despite sounding complex and rare, dentoalveolar surgery is actually the form of dental surgery that maxillofacial surgeons perform most often. This means that when you choose an experienced maxillofacial surgeon, they should also be extremely competent at dealing with issues involving the alveolar bone.
Much like many other forms of maxillofacial surgery, dentoalveolar surgery is not just one procedure but instead, the name refers to a variety of different treatments, all of which are based around issues with the alveolar bone.
Some of the most common procedures that form part of dentoalveolar surgery include the following:
Dentists are committed to helping you to retain your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, sometimes this simply isn’t possible or recommended, for example, if a tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be saved, or a wisdom tooth has become impacted and is causing problems. In this situation, you will be referred for extraction. Dental extractions have an unfortunate reputation for being extremely unpleasant and painful. However, modern techniques mean that most extractions are fairly straightforward and no less invasive than many other types of treatment.
Apicoectomy is another procedure that has a bad reputation. However, it is an extremely necessary treatment for patients who have severe decay that is affecting the root of their tooth. This is because antibiotics have proven to be ineffective in dealing with root-based infections. Instead, the only way of treating the problem is to manually remove all infected materials from the tooth root. In some circumstances, it may also be necessary to remove the tip of the root, which will prevent an abscess from forming in the root canal. Successful apicoectomy can save a tooth from extraction.
Unfortunately, sometimes teeth fall out of their own accord before they can be saved or extracted professionally. If this happens, it is possible for the root to be retained. If the root is infected, as if often the case with teeth that fall out, the infection could spread throughout your mouth and jaw if the retained root is not extracted.
Unusual lumps and growths can occur in the face and mouth too. If you suffer from an unexplained growth that doesn’t go away of its own accord, a biopsy will be needed to determine the nature of it. This will allow your maxillofacial surgeons to decide what treatment will be necessary.
Cyst/Tumor Removal Fluid-filled cysts are fairly common occurrences and tend to form if there is an infection within the jaw. These can be removed as part of dentoalveolar treatment. If you are found to have a tumor, whether benign or malignant, your maxillofacial surgeon will work with other specialists to determine which treatment is necessary.
Our highly experienced and skilled maxillofacial surgeons are well versed in dentoalveolar surgery procedures and are delighted to offer their expertise. To schedule your consultation, please contact our state of the art Belviso Facial and Oral Surgery office in Manhattan, NY today.