Oral & Maxillofacial
Unlike many dental practices, we offer an array of Oral & Maxillofacial- related services. Oral & Maxillofacial treatment is the specialization of diagnosis, surgery and treatment of injuries and defects that affect regions in and around the mouth. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, our staff is well skilled and trained in orthopedic specialization to properly reverse facial trauma or remove any unwanted teeth with our quality services and knowledgeable staff.
Oral & Maxillofacial-Related Services
At Meadowbrook Dental Care, many patients come to us with Oral & Maxillofacial reversal needs. In many cases, our orthopedic team determines procedures or treatment they may need to reverse your Oral & Maxillofacial problems. Our services include:
Extractions are necessary when teeth need to be removed due to disease, crowding or trauma. This often includes the removal of dead or damaged teeth. There are two types of extraction methods; simple and surgical. A simple extraction is when a tooth is visible but must be removed using simple, non-surgical methodologies. The procedure begins with numbing the tooth, bone and gums that surround it. Once the area is numbed, our orthopedic specialist will expand the socket surrounding the tooth and slowly remove the unwanted/damaged tooth. On the flip-side, a surgical extraction takes place when the tooth is broken, fragile or cracked, has dense or inelastic bone or the root tip is broken, resulting in the removal of the tooth. The procedure begins after an anesthetic is used. Then our surgeon will peel back the gum tissue flaps around the tooth. Next, the bone is trimmed to ease the force necessary to remove the tooth. This is all done with the goal of keeping our patient’s comfortable, and as pain free as possible.
Exposure of Impacted Teeth
An impacted tooth fails to pass through gum tissue from a flaw like dense tissue, bone issues, cysts, tooth malposition or other reasons. An impacted tooth could be something like a wisdom tooth that, if it does pass gum tissue, could disturb the positioning of surrounding teeth. Removing impacted teeth require the methods of surgical extraction. Depending on the extensiveness of each procedure, our orthopedic surgeon will recommend either local anesthesia, general anesthesia, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) to provide our patients with comfort while the services are being completed.
Root canal is a very common dental health procedure used today. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of root canal issues. Root decay occurs when the pulp chamber, that contains blood vessels and nerves that supply the tooth, becomes infected. As a result, the tooth becomes extremely sensitive to temperature and you can experience constant or spontaneous toothaches. Root canal is performed through an incision in the gum tissue. The infected area and root tip is then removed and sealed with a with a root-end filling. This works to prevent any additional infection.
Bone grafts are needed prior to dental implants. When teeth are extracted, the jawbone loses purpose and deteriorates over time. This causes the bone to be unable to withstand a dental implant. To fix this issue, bone is grafted from a different part of the body; usually the hip, tibia or jaw. It is then regenerated onto the impacted area on the jaw. This procedure usually requires an overnight stay for monitoring of both grafted areas.
A sinus lift occurs in the upper jaw behind the cheeks. A sinus lift differs from bone grafting because during the procedure, our surgeon enters the sinus membrane where the tooth used to be and lifts the membrane upward so the donor bone can be placed in. After several months of healing, the patient can receive dental implants.
Oral Tissue Biopsy
Oral tissue biopsy occurs when a lesion increases the risk of further harm to the mouth, head or neck area. When a lesion occurs, there is a waiting period before any action is taken. If after two weeks the lesion still persists, a biopsy can then be performed. During this Oral & Maxillofacial procedure, our staff makes sure remaining tissue is stabilized when the lesion is removed. The sample is then tested for further diagnosis and understanding of what work needs to be completed to maintain proper dental health again.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) are the right and left joints that connect the skull and jaw. TMJ disorder occurs when there is pain and a clicking sound from the joints of the jaw. TMJ treatments are much easier today than previously. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we work with our patients to find the best treatment options that work for their individual needs. A combination of in-office and self-care is usually applied. This includes prescribed pain relievers, steroid injections, resting your jaw, eating soft foods, therapeutic exercises and applying ice and heat.
For more information on Oral & Maxillofacial procedures, please contact us at 516-272-4280. Meadowbrook Dental Care is proud to serve the Long Island area.