Oral Surgery

Experienced Oral Surgeons in Fairchance

Doctors Caleb and Megan Beam have worked with many patients whose dental needs required oral surgery. Basic dental work can be done successfully by your family dentist in their cozy clinic. The doctors will refer their patients to trusted, local peers for certain kinds of dental work.

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants are little titanium posts that act as roots for restored teeth. Your bone can fuse to titanium, which makes your implants very secure.

Implants are usually used to support the following:

  • Single tooth crowns.
  • Dental bridges.
  • Denture arches.

How Implant Placement Works

Implant surgeries are performed by periodontists, dentists who have completed 3 more years of training after regular dental school.

Visit Your Family Dentist

If you have lost or expect to lose one or more teeth, you can visit Fairchance Dental Arts to discuss tooth restoration. The Drs. Beam can give you a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

We will take a full scan of your mouth and ask about your medical history to see if you qualify for a safe and successful implant surgery.

Choose a Treatment Plan

There are various tooth restoration and implant styles to choose from. Each has its treatment schedule. Which is best for you depends on your health, dental treatment goals, and budget.

Have the Implants Placed

  • Our dentist will place the implant post directly into your jawbone.
  • They will use anesthetics and possibly sedation during the procedure.
    • Post-operation comfort medication is usually prescribed.
  • You will be able to go home the same day.
    • You should plan on a ride to drive you home.
  • Healing lasts between a few weeks to several months.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth come in later than your other adult teeth. Many people’s mouths do not have room for them, so it is common practice to remove the extra molars.

Doctors Caleb and Megan Beam can extract wisdom teeth that are not impacted in their clinic. Impacted wisdom teeth will need to be removed by an oral surgeon.

Surgery for Impacted Teeth

The Dr.’s Beam will provide you with a diagnosis and you’ll be able to schedule an appointment. On the day of your appointment, here’s a rundown of how the procedure will go:

  1. We’ll give you anesthesia and make sure you’re nice and comfortable.
  2. The dentist will remove your wisdom teeth.
  3. You will receive:
    • A prescription for medications that will help you feel comfortable after the procedure.
    • After-care eating and cleaning instructions with a special tool.
  4. You will be able to leave the clinic within a few hours.
    • You should schedule a ride to bring you home.
    • Remember to pick up your prescription the same day.
  5. Your gums will heal and close up within a couple of weeks.

Sedation Dentistry

We understand that different people may be challenged to sit still or be relaxed in our dental chairs for various reasons.

We want to help you and your loved ones to receive important, health-supporting dental care. So we offer two common and safe sedation options to choose from during a visit:

  • Nitrous gas can be inhaled to calm and cheer you up.
    • Adults can drive themselves from their office visits.
  • Oral sedation is a pill that makes people feel at ease and drowsy.
    • This is effective for those who feel intense anxiety.

Things to know about both of our sedation options:

  • We always use regular anesthetics in surgical procedures, and add sedation for extra comfort.
    • Anesthetics prevent you from feeling discomfort during surgery.
    • Sedatives relax your muscles and replace anxiety with calm awareness.
  • You will still be conscious and aware of what is happening.
  • You will be able to respond to people around you.

Sinus Lifts

A dental sinus lift is a surgical procedure that adds bone to the upper jaw through grafting to rebuild bone in the area that supports the rear teeth. When a patient is missing teeth, the upper jawbone can begin to deteriorate, leaving only a tiny strip of tissue separating the mouth and the sinus cavity. A sinus lift increases bone density, which may be required before receiving a dental implant.

When Would a Sinus Lift Be Necessary?

Circumstances for when someone may need a sinus lift include:

  • Tooth loss has resulted in bone loss.
  • Bone loss due to extensive gum disease.
  • The bone height of the upper jaw is too short.
  • The sinuses are too close to the upper jaw.
  • As part of the dental implant treatment.
  • Birth defects or other conditions that caused bone structure loss.

Our specialists at Fairchance Dental Arts can give you a consult to determine if a sinus lift would be beneficial or required for you.

What is the Process for a Sinus Lift?

Here are the normal steps that are taken to perform a dental sinus lift by our experienced oral surgeon:

  1. The surgeon makes an incision in the gum tissue at the affected area.
  2. The tissue is lifted to expose the bone underneath.
  3. A small, round window is made in the bone.
  4. The hole in the sinus cavity space is filled with a bone graft.
  5. The surgeon closes the incision with a few stitches.
  6. The healing process begins.
  7. We will have you come in for follow-up appointments to verify the growth and healing process.

Gum Grafting

Gum graft surgery is used to treat thinning gums or gum recession. Gum grafting replaces the lost tissue around your teeth to build up the gum tissue in the affected areas and to protect the roots of the teeth.

When is gum grafting necessary?

If you have any of the following symptoms or conditions, you may need a gum graft to remedy your situation:

  • Considerable gum recession.
  • Possessing genetically thin gums.
  • A history of brushing too aggressively.
  • Tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, or pressure.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Red, swollen or painful gums.
  • Teeth that appear to have gotten longer.
  • Occurrence of more frequent cavities.

What happens during gum graft surgery?

We want our patients to be fully educated and aware of all treatments we recommend. Here are the main steps involved in a gum graft:

  1. Oral sedation will be administered so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
  2. An incision will be made in your gums and your teeth roots will be thoroughly cleaned.
  3. A separate incision is made in the roof of your mouth and a small piece of inner tissue is removed.
  4. The site in the roof is closed with a few stitches.
  5. The graft is placed over your exposed teeth roots and attached with sutures.
  6. Your existing gum tissue is closed and stitched into place.

Our oral surgeon will ensure that the procedure is as painless as possible and that your post-surgery discomfort is minimized as much as possible.

Even though there is some recovery time required with a gum graft surgery, the results and benefits will be significant and will help ensure your improved oral health.

We Can Help

Oral surgery can prevent future complications and our sedation options can make the whole process easier and more comfortable. Call us today to find out more about our sedation options.

I’ve been at Fairchance Dental Arts for over a year now and they always provide excellent care, and we’re able to squeeze me in when needed, providing in house CT of my jaw and quick to come up with a plan to correct the issues.
– Alissa B.