Surgical Solutions for Your Oral Health Needs
At Just Smile Dental, Dr. Webley and our dental staff understand that the idea of oral surgery can be intimidating, but it’s sometimes necessary to help restore and protect your oral health. Oral surgery encompasses procedures that treat a wide array of diseases, injuries, and defects in the oral cavity.
Our doctors are knowledgeable and have received extensive training and education in oral surgery techniques. We practice the highest standards of care and utilize cutting-edge medical technology for our patients in Everett, WA, and surrounding areas.
Our Oral Surgery Services
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, which can sometimes emerge from the gum line without issue. However, this is exceptionally rare. Wisdom teeth usually cause problems whether they become impacted or fully emerge due to the lack of room in most modern human mouths.
Due to the lack of room for them, impacted or erupted wisdom teeth can be quite difficult to properly clean. This means they’re susceptible to recurring infections, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Additionally, they can cause severe pain and misalignment in your other teeth. Removing a wisdom tooth can relieve the pain and prevent future oral complications.
Full Mouth Extractions
If the health of your teeth is so damaged that it can’t be restored to its optimal level, we offer full mouth extractions. A full mouth extraction involves removing all your teeth. This procedure is only performed if Dr. Webley deems the damaged or infected teeth are no longer useful.
Once the extraction procedure is complete, Dr. Webley offers restorative solutions such as dental implants or dentures. With our restorative solutions, you don’t have to worry about an incomplete smile.
Removal of Small Soft Tissue Lesions
Soft tissue lesions (premalignant or precancerous) refer to cell growths that occur nearly everywhere in the body. They’re commonly known as lumps or bumps by patients. Dr. Webley will conduct a thorough oral examination to see if there’s anything potentially dangerous about these lesions. If Dr. Webley decides the lumps might be precancerous or otherwise potentially harmful based on the test results he can remove them before they progress to cancer.
Torus (tori) is a benign bone growth in the mouth. Normally, it doesn’t cause damage and is often left alone. However, when the torus continues to grow, it can cause pain and disturb your oral functions. During your appointment with Dr. Webley, he’ll evaluate your mouth and evaluate the condition of the torus growth. If he deems the growth substantial, he can remove them as necessary.
Partial Extraction Therapy
If you’re planning on receiving dental implants and want to preserve the ridge of your teeth, Dr. Webley has a solution. Partial extraction therapy (PET) refers to partially extracting the crown of the non-restorable tooth and only leaving the main root intact. Doing so can maintain the shape and the strength of the ridge, as well as minimize the chances of loss of bone density (resorption).
With the reduced risk of resorption, you’re provided with many benefits. Such benefits are maintaining the facial shape and strengthening the seat for dental implants when the ridge is used.
Dentin grafting utilizes teeth that have to be extracted as the grafting material. The tooth is ground up and disinfected then placed back in the jaw to replace or repair bony defects. Instead of using cadaver bone Dr. Webley can use your own autogenous tissue to replace lost bone. Since it’s your body’s own tissue, healing is more effective.
Advanced Techniques for Faster Recovery
Platelet Rich Plasma & Steroid Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a healing treatment performed after your procedure, to aid in faster healing and recovery time. PRP uses your own blood cells to create blood clots, resulting in a faster recovery time.
Steroid injections (corticosteroids) can help decrease jaw stiffness and inflammation in the surgical area. Studies for the International Journal of Health Sciences have shown that patients who receive steroid injections have an easier and more comfortable recovery after the surgical procedure. After your procedure, we’ll inject the surgical site to control the pain, swelling, and inflammation so you can heal with ease.
Piezotome Cube – UltraSonic Surgery
Piezotome ultrasonics is an atraumatic surgery that causes the least damage to the surrounding soft and hard tissues. Benefits of undergoing UltraSonic surgery include:
- Hard and soft tissue preservation
- Better tissue recovery
- Shortened recovery time
- Less postoperative pain and swelling
- Increased chances of dental implants success
- Eliminates the need for forceps and excessive force
Dry Socket Treatment
If you’re experiencing a dry socket after extraction, Dr. Webley provides treatment to solve it. A dry socket occurs when a blood clot hasn’t formed or has broken down before the healing period is done. Dr. Webley provides different treatment options depending on the condition.
Over-the-counter pain medications can provide some relief, but for the lack of blood clots, another treatment is needed. Dr. Webley can provide you with medicated dressings to ease the pain and protect the exposed site from infections and harmful bacteria. Dr. Webley can also provide PRP treatment to aid in faster healing time, prevent bleeding, and shorten post-op
Frequently Asked Questions
Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure on your teeth, gums, jaw, or surrounding oral and facial structures. Some of the procedures that fall under the category of oral surgery are removal of impacted teeth, insertion of dental implants, and cosmetic oral surgeries. We are also able to diagnose and treat certain conditions through oral surgery.
After your oral surgery procedure, Dr. Webley will provide aftercare instructions to promote proper healing and faster recovery time. While it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, remember to be gentle around the surgical site. To ensure your surgical site stays clear of infections, Dr. Webley offers the following instructions:
- Rinse with warm salt water after every meal
- Avoid exercise and strenuous activity for a few days post-procedure
- Don’t spit, chew, or suck on a straw
- Stick to a liquid-based and soft diet
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco
- Stay hydrated
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
- Take medications as prescribed
The signs and symptoms of a torus include:
- Sore jaw
- Loose teeth
- Throat pain
- Gums inflammations
- Slurred speech
- Irritated tonsils
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, call our Everett, WA office at (425) 341-1111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Webley.
Protect Your Oral Health
Oral surgery can be intimidating, but it can be vital for protecting your oral health. Undergoing an oral surgery procedure can help keep your oral health healthy in the long run. Call our Everett, WA office at (425) 341-1111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Webley. You can also request an appointment by clicking the “get started” button below.
The team at Just Smile Dental proudly offers its services to patients in Everett, and surrounding areas such as Edmonds, Marysville, Lynnwood, and Silver Firs, WA. We look forward to helping you enhance and protect your smile!