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Oral Surgery

Ocean Dental may recommend oral surgery as part of your treatment plan depending on your dental treatment needs. Learn more about gum grafting, bone grafting, sinus lifts and extractions.

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What is Gum Grafting?

A gum graft is a procedure that thickens gums by placing gum from another area where tissue has receded. This can be done to help repair damage from gum recession or for aesthetic reasons. 

How long is the gum grafting procedure?

A gum graft procedure can last anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on your level of gum recession.

How long is the healing process for gum grafts?

It may take a few weeks for your gums to fully heal. Patients will often be able to return to normal activities the day after their procedure. Your dentist will give specific instructions regarding after-surgery care. These are important precautions that you should follow after a gum graft.

Are there any complications I should watch for after surgery?

Like every medical procedure, there are always risks involved and success depends on a number of factors, including proper follow-up care. Let your dentist know if you experience any unusual symptoms following the procedure.

What is Bone Grafting?

A jawbone must have enough support for a dental implant to be successful. If you are considering implants, your dentist may recommend bone grafting if you do not have the bone support your tooth needs to heal.

Why does tooth loss occur?

There are many issues that can cause tooth loss. For example, you may have had an accident or had gum disease that caused your tooth to fall out.

What is bone augmentation?

Bone grafting adds bone or other materials to the needed area. This will then take several months to heal and fuse with your existing jaw bone. After the healing, your dentist will then place a dental implant in your mouth.

What are Sinus Lifts?

A sinus lift is a procedure that is given to patients who may require extra bone to be added to the upper jaw by the molars. 

You may require a sinus lift if:

  • You have experienced bone loss through periodontal (gum) disease
  • You have had long-term tooth loss caused by injury

Tooth Extractions

There are a variety of reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. In cases where bone or gum tissue is deficient or diseased, we may recommend removing and replacing these tissues to help enhance both your health and the aesthetics of your smile.

Some of the reasons a tooth may need to be extracted: 

  • crowding other teeth, bridges, etc.
  • partially erupted teeth
  • damage to other teeth
  • causing jaw damage
  • advanced tooth decay
  • cyst formation around new teeth
  • infected gums
  • sinus problems
  • presence of cavities

Pre & Post Sedation Instructions

For your safety, it is important to follow our pre and post sedation instructions.

Please download and review our instructions prior to your procedure.

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