Do have a painful toothache, discomforting gum inflammation, or missing teeth? If so, you may need oral surgery to correct issues like these that can impact the long-lasting health of your smile significantly. Oral surgery is used in the effort to preserve your overall health and wellness.
Although the thought itself can be nerve-wracking, surgical dental care is more common then you may think. Many individuals will need tooth extraction during their lifetime, such as wisdom tooth removal.
These specialty treatments, provided by renowned dentist, Dr. Donald E. Couchman, offer many benefits to your dental function and appearance, including replacing lost or extracted teeth.
If you or a loved one suspect you may require surgical dental care, don’t wait! Contact Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry in Colorado Springs to speak to a member of our knowledgeable team about your dental concerns. Get the treatment you need today!
CALL US: (719) 593-0263 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
Why Would I Need Oral Surgery?
Just as many parts of the body are connected, so are different areas associated with your smile. These include the teeth, gums, soft tissues, jaw, head, neck, and face.
When situations like decay, trauma, injury, genetics, or disease impact any of the areas listed above, oral and maxillofacial surgery are often needed.
Surgical dental care may be necessary for addressing the following:
Missing Teeth - If even one tooth is missing from the smile, it can contribute to a domino effect of repercussions impacting your appearance, speech, chewing abilities, digestion, and much more. With dental implants, the titanium posts serve as artificial tooth roots, helping restore lost teeth from root to crown.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth - Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are commonly extracted because most smiles do not have enough room for them. This can cause severe discomfort from the molars rubbing against soft tissues. Wisdom teeth that don’t erupt properly can cause neighboring teeth to become crooked and infected.
Severely Decayed or Loose Teeth - Sometimes, teeth may become loose because of advanced gum disease, an accident, or severe decay. Whatever the case, these teeth must be removed properly by simple tooth extraction to help preserve the health and function of the rest of your smile.
Weakened Jawbone - Those with a “soft” jawbone due to prolonged tooth loss often find successful resolution with bone grafting for dental implant treatment. This straightforward procedure allows our team to build-up jawbone strength to ensure successful implant placement and long-lasting durability.
Dental Decay and Infections - When deep decay, cracks, or fractures have caused infection within the inner tissues of a tooth, root canal therapy is the last line of defense for saving compromised teeth. Even with proper care, it’s possible for treated teeth to heal improperly, becoming painful or diseased months or even years after root canal therapy. If this happens, retreatment can offer a second chance at saving the tooth.
Oral Cysts or Cancers - If cysts or abnormal growths are discovered, we often decide to remove them completely with dental laser technology. This can improve your comfort levels by alleviating breathing problems and make speech much easier, depending on the location of the cyst(s).
Sleep Disorders - If you’re looking for a more permanent solution for treating your sleep apnea, there is the option of surgery on the lower jaw. This procedure involves repositioning the bone supporting the tongue slightly forward to prevent it from blocking your airway while sleeping.
Treating All Your Needs with Our Oral Surgery Procedures
Our Colorado Springs office provides specialized care with many oral surgery procedures to addressing your needs effectively. These treatments include:
Depending on your situation, your treatment may involve one or more procedures and appointments.
As your team of trusted dental professionals, we also take the necessary precautions for reducing the chance of discomfort and infection. New, sterile equipment is used, with sedation and anesthesia always offered.
Oral Surgery Makes Me Nervous; Can You Do Anything to Help?
Absolutely! Our experienced team understands how visiting the dental office can be intimidating, and the thought of needing oral surgery can make even those without dental anxiety feel stressed at the prospect.
Our team treats your relaxation, comfort, and safety as a top priority. Dr. Couchman utilizes the convenience of oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation for maximized relief.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Often administered in pill form, we provide oral sedation for you to take no less than an hour before treatment. Depending on your specific needs, a second pill can be taken just before your procedure.
This form of sedation is used to sedate you to a feeling of “twilight” sleep. You’re sedated, but conscious enough to respond to instructions and questions. While you are awake to some degree, you’ll most likely have no recollection of your procedure and will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home safely.
Oral conscious sedation is a favorable form of relaxation and is perfectly suitable for adults and children.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, is safe for both children and adults. It contains a mixture of the nitrous oxide gas and oxygen, proving beneficial for helping those with mild forms of anxiety. It’s widely used by many dental professionals and is carefully administered through a breathing mask.
As a gas, nitrous oxide can be adjusted accordingly to fit your needs. You even have the added benefit of being able to drive yourself home after treatment!
Is Sedation Safe?
While there is always some risk, sedation dentistry is safe, especially when administered by a team of trained and experienced professionals. However, individuals with certain complications, such as those with obstructive sleep apnea, should speak with us before they opt for sedation.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as substitute tooth roots used to replace natural roots where teeth are missing. When replacement teeth, like crowns, bridges, and dentures are connected to implants, the entire tooth is restored.
When teeth are missing, the jawbone that previously supported those teeth deteriorates in a process called bone resorption. However, with dental implants, the bone can be preserved by replacing missing tooth roots, which will provide essential stimulation to the jawbone once more.
Since living tissues and bone fuse with the implants in a process called osseointegration, they can serve the same functions as natural tooth roots.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?
Because of their abilities to fuse with tissue and bone, dental implants provide numerous benefits unlike any other replacement for missing teeth. Some of these long-lasting advantages include:
- Overall quality of life is enhanced
- Integrity of facial structures is preserved.
- Adjacent teeth are not compromised.
- The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state
- Increased stability
- Improved overall health
- Improved appearance
- Increased convenience of oral hygiene
- Restored self-esteem and renewed peace of mind
How Long Does It Take to Complete Treatment?
For implants to become long-lasting and successful, they must bond properly with the bone. This process can take anywhere from three to nine months.
While other treatment options will not take as long to complete, none of these traditional methods of tooth replacement help preserve bone.
Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?
Most of our patients who received implants report that the discomfort is much less than anticipated and is similar to tooth extraction. While everyone has a different pain tolerance, most patients are very comfortable when simply taking Ibuprofen afterward.
How Long Will My Implants Last?
With a diligent oral hygiene routine that includes twice-daily brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and continued six-month checkups, your dental implants should last you a lifetime. If the supported restoration is somehow damaged, attaching a new restoration to your existing implant is a simple and painless process.
Do Dental Implants Ever Fail?
There are good reasons that dental implant treatment is considered the gold standard for replacing teeth. Implants are one of the most effective dental processes with recorded success rates of over 95%.
Although highly-successful and predictable, there are rare situations where the bone does not fuse completely with the implants. This could be due to smoking or putting too much biting or grinding pressure on newly-placed implants. When this occurs, new posts are placed.
Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?
If your tooth was removed many years ago and your jawbone structure is thin, there may be insufficient bone for implant placement. Successful placement of implants relies heavily on proper bone density. Dr. Couchman offers bone grafting to help rebuild the density of your jawbone to encourage proper osseointegration.
We allow about six months for healing before placing your implant post.
Bone grafting is a relatively straightforward procedure. Many different bone-grafting materials are available, including your own bone.
What is Oral DNA Testing?
As one of the few dental professionals commissioned to administer saliva diagnostic testing, Dr. Couchman is a proud expert of the OralDNA process.
It is a proven fact there is a significant connection between oral and whole-body health. And, in understanding that association, our team can better provide more accurate diagnosis and treatment for conditions like periodontal disease, oral infections, and cancers.
As these tests are performed, our team notes any risk factors for oral and systemic concerns your DNA may present to us while we also thoroughly explain the correlations to you.
We then organize a profile that includes our findings and discuss how conditions like gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease may place you at risk for heart disease, poor diabetes control, respiratory issues, and even pregnancy concerns.
Do I Need a Root Canal or an Extraction?
If we examine a tooth and realize the inner tissues, called the pulp, is severely damaged or diseased, a root canal is often recommended to try and save the tooth.
If we determine a tooth is unsalvageable due to extreme decay, severe injury or impaction, or serious periodontal issues, extraction is used to preserve your smile’s health.
Do I Need to See a Specialist for Extraction?
With over 30 years as an active dental professional, Dr. Couchman specializes in providing comprehensive dentistry. Among his many credentials is oral surgery, with an emphasis on implant dentistry, sedation, and extractions.
What Should I Do When Recovering from Oral Surgery?
Your recovery from oral surgery is of vital importance for preserving both oral and overall well-being.
Remember when healing to do these seven essential things:
- Take it easy.
- No smoking or drinking alcohol.
- Use an ice pack to reduce inflammation.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water every few hours to kill off bacteria.
- Eat soft, room-temperature foods, rich in vitamin A and C.
- Take all prescribed antibiotics.
- Take pain relievers when necessary.
Be patient with yourself. Depending on the type of oral surgery you’re recovering from, healing can take from 48 hours to several months. Make sure you to follow up with us as directed.
Contact Us for Specialized Care Today!
If you have missing teeth, severe gum infection, or need wisdom teeth removed, we can help! We offer many options to support the dental health and wellness of individuals of every age. Call us at Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry today to learn more about what we can do for your smile!
CALL US: (719) 593-0263 REQUEST APPOINTMENT