Oral surgery is a branch of surgery that focuses on treating conditions in the jaw, mouth, and face. This procedure is performed to treat chronic and acute mouth conditions, such as:

  • Jaw problems, such as misaligned jaws, create some of the most visible signs of aging
  • TMJ disorders, such as jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and chronic headaches
  • Cleft lip and palate disorders, such as cleft lip and palate, occur when the upper lip and palate fail to fuse during development
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral infections

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Oral Surgery Procedures

Teeth Extraction

If a tooth is too damaged to repair, Dr. Zupancic might suggest removing it from the mouth. This will save the other teeth from shifting, which could create problems with a person’s bite.

There are two types of extractions:

Simple Extraction: This requires the dentist to loosen the tooth before removing it.

Surgical Extraction: This requires the dentist to cut into the gum to remove the tooth.

Dental Bone Grafting

A dental bone graft may be required before, during, or after an oral surgical procedure. Bone grafting procedures require a piece of bone to be taken from another part of the body or from a donor. The bone is then transplanted into the jawbone, where it fuses to the surrounding bone. Bone grafts are generally used to strengthen a jawbone that has been damaged by periodontal disease, trauma, or tooth loss.

Dental Implant Placement

The dentist surgically places the implant posts, which fuses over time and is restored with a customized restoration. They are permanent and look as well as function just like real teeth.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

If you experience pain in the jaw joint or popping and clicking when you open and close your mouth, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

TMD involves problems with the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing. It can be caused by trauma, bruxism (teeth grinding), or even misalignment of the teeth. TMD can be very painful and make it difficult to chew, speak, and even sleep.

If you are experiencing TMJ disorder, our dentist in Joliet IL may recommend an oral appliance or oral surgery to treat your condition.

Orthognathic surgery

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is an oral surgery procedure that corrects any problems caused by missing teeth or malocclusion. During this procedure, the dentist will reposition the jaw, teeth, and maxilla into the correct alignment. This helps to alleviate any pain that the patient is experiencing.

At Dentistry with a Smile, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you’re ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (815) 254-2668 or visit us at 2716 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet, IL 60435.