Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to the dental specialty focusing on rehabilitative or reconstructive surgeries involving the face, jaw, or teeth. These procedures can address anything from injuries to cosmetic needs. At Cataloochee Dental Group, we are proud to host some of the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons in North Carolina!
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually during your late teens to early twenties. For some people, wisdom teeth appear through the gums and have enough room to grow naturally. For others, wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. Ultimately, this can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly, or the tooth may only emerge partially.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause structural damage to the jaw and other teeth. They can also create an environment for bacteria to gather since they are hard to reach and clean. These potential problems make it necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth so that larger problems do not arise.
Bone grafting is the process of building up the jawbone to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative devices. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures.
The bone used to graft is taken from a sample from the patient. Many times, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling takes place. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. In some cases, cadaver bone fragments are also used - these are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source for bone donation.
Our dental team is composed of some of North Carolina’s top dental health professionals. The Cataloochee Dental Group dentists have combined decades of oral surgery experience, extensive schooling, and advanced training to tackle a wide range of oral health conditions. Beyond our expertise, our practices are equipped with the latest in dental technology to deliver the most effective results.
Oral surgery of any magnitude requires a skilled hand and well-equipped team. If you want to ensure a successful procedure, trust our team at Cataloochee Dental Group. Call us today to learn more!