At Gentle Care Dentists in Arlington, we’re proud to be a leading provider of maxillofacial and oral surgeries throughout Arlington, VA. Our full staff of dental professionals and oral surgeons in Arlington, VA have helped hundreds of people restore their smile through cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Our oral surgeons specialize in treating problems that are related to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaw. If you feel you could benefit from some of the dental procedures listed below, contact us today!
Our oral surgeons may recommend a bone graft procedure if you need a dental implant but they believe your jaw is too soft or too thin to keep the implant in place. Some people don’t have enough healthy bone in their jaw to support dental implants, but this is a fairly common problem.
TMJ Dental Treatmentsoral
Your temporomandibular joint, also known as your TMJ joint, is located at the base of your skull in front of your ears and connects your lower jaw (mandible) with your upper jaw (maxilla). Like any joint in your body, the TMJ can become fractured, swollen, and sore due to a variety of reasons. This can cause limited movement of your lower jaw and pain that radiates to the head and neck. TMJ symptoms can have a negative impact on your quality of life, not to mention they can contribute to various orthodontic complications that could result in long-term damage.As oral surgeons in Arlington, VA, we’ve helped hundreds of people relieve their symptoms of TMJ through our specialized dentistry services. While there is no single cure, there are several different treatment options that can be used to reduce your symptoms of TMJ dramatically.
Wisdom Teeth Extractionsoral
One of the most common types of oral surgery is wisdom teeth extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars and the last four of your 32 teeth to erupt/come in. For some people wisdom teeth emerge through gums and have enough room to grow in naturally, for other people they cause problems as they try to protrude through the gums and must be removed.Wisdom teeth symptoms can range from painless to extremely painful depending on the situation and the person. If you are having wisdom teeth symptoms such as, gum swelling & irritation, jaw pain, or headaches, it is important to see a dentist and get your wisdom teeth evaluated as soon as possible. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can lead to pain, gum disease, tooth decay, infection, and overcrowding.Extractions can range from a single tooth, to removing all four wisdom teeth at once. Based on the preference of the doctor and/or the patient, a local anesthetic could be used to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. Others will prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that they will be sedated during the procedure.
Dental implants are one of our most common oral surgeries. If you’re among the thousands of people who suffer from missing teeth, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Luckily, dental implants can give you a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions as naturally as your original tooth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into your jaw to replace missing teeth. These days, dentists prefer to use implants with attached crowns as they can help preserve jaw structure by preventing atrophy from bone loss. These implants are made of metallic (titanium) and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible and safe for your jaw.
A sinus lift may be recommended by your dentist for a variety of reasons. Whether your sinuses are too close the the jaw, there’s not enough bone height in your upper jaw, or you need to make room for dental implants, a sinus lift can help. Let’s look at a few more reasons your dentist may recommend a sinus lift:People who have lost teeth in their upper jaw, particularly near the back teeth or molars, may not have enough bone for dental implants to be placed.If bone in the jaw is lost due to periodontal or gum disease, a sinus lift may be needed.Those who have lost teeth due to poor oral hygiene or external trauma may need a sinus lift before implants can be used.
We specialize in Sedation Dentistry and Sleep Dentistry, treating people with dental phobias and anxieties. We offer different types of sedation dentistry. These include administering oral sedation, a pill, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous sedation to deliver a combination of drugs. All this depends on the needs of the patient.In this way the patient and the dentist are comfortable providing and receiving the best possible dental care-safe and free of stress and pain!
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is often needed to correct a patient’s misaligned bite. In some patients, surgery will be necessary to repair congenital abnormalities or to treat severe orthodontic and skeletal conditions. During this dental procedure, your jaw may be re-positioned and reshaped to properly realign your teeth. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary after a traumatic dental injury or facial trauma resulting from things like a car accident or workplace injury.