Oral Surgery Procedures
Patients who are suffering from significant damage to their teeth, gums, or bone tissue may require oral surgery to repair and restore a beautiful smile. Whether you have impacted wisdom teeth or you require bone grafting for dental implants, Dr. John S. McIntyre in Brooklyn, NY, can create a customized treatment option to help you achieve a better quality of life. Dr. McIntyre's conservative and cutting-edge approach to oral surgery provides his patients with the excellent service they need and a doctor they can trust.
Types of Procedures
Dental implants provide a unique solution to missing or severely damaged teeth. In this surgical procedure, Dr. McIntyre can surgically embed these small titanium structures below the gum line at the site of the missing tooth. Once healed, they act as a root upon which crowns, bridges, or dentures can be affixed.
Bone grafting is a preparatory procedure for dental implants for patients with moderate to severe jawbone deterioration. Dr. McIntyre may harvest bone from the patient's chin, hip, or tibia or he may use donor or synthetic bone and transplant it into the patient's jaw. This provides a secure base to support dental implants.
An apicoectomy procedure involves removing the tooth's root tip and replacing it with state-of-the-art biocompatible material. Dr. McIntyre may perform this procedure if root canal therapy does not provide sufficient relief or is not a viable option.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Dr. McIntyre may recommend surgery to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted or cause patients noticeable discomfort. Wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, are considered to be impacted when they cannot fully emerge from the gums because they are blocked by other teeth or bone.
Tooth extraction is a procedure in which the doctor removes teeth that are irreparably damaged from trauma or decay. Dr. McIntyre may also recommend tooth extraction in the case of overcrowded teeth, periodontal disease, infection, or the potential for infection. If applicable, Dr. McIntyre will refer you to a reliable prosthodontist to receive restorative solutions and complete your smile.
Jaw or Facial Bone Fractures
If the jaw becomes fractured due to injury, Dr. McIntyre can perform surgery to repair and realign the jawbone. Depending upon your needs, the doctor may insert small screws, wires, plates, or bands to secure the bones in place. This procedure allows the bone to properly heal so that the patient may regain full form and function of the jaw.
Dr. McIntyre may perform a sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, to add bone to your upper jaw. This procedure is recommended for patients who have suffered bone loss resulting from periodontal disease or tooth loss. Bone is implanted in the area between your upper jaw and your maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. The sinus is then "lifted" in order to make room for the bone.
Socket grafting is a type of bone grafting procedure in which the doctor reconstructs the root area of the tooth. Also known as socket preservation, this technique involves transplanting bone directly into the socket to allow for the placement of dental implants or bridge restorations.
In order to determine if you are a candidate for oral surgery, Dr. McIntyre will perform a thorough examination and may request an x-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan to assess the extent of the damage. After close examination of the scans, Dr. McIntyre can work with you to determine which solution best meets your unique needs.
Through surgical procedures, Dr. McIntyre can help patients to achieve a more functional, healthy smile that can support dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures.
In addition, it is important that you are in good overall health and have otherwise healthy teeth and gums. If you decide to move forward with oral surgery, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily to ensure the most successful outcome.
In many cases, oral surgery is the only solution for repairing significant bone tissue decay or tooth damage. Through surgical procedures, Dr. McIntyre can help patients to achieve a more functional, healthy smile that can support dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures. Whether it is bone grafting, tooth extraction, or sinus lifting, patients can rest assured that they will be treated with the utmost care and professionalism at our practice.
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Dr. McIntyre has over 30 years of experience as an oral surgeon and stays up-to-date on the latest surgical techniques, technology, and procedures by completing 50 hours of continuing education each year. If you are experiencing discomfort from tooth loss or decay, impacted wisdom teeth, or injury, contact our office online today or call (718) 638-2200 to schedule your consultation with Dr. McIntyre.