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By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

7 Conditions That Require Oral Surgery


Need oral surgery? Oral surgery is the branch of dentistry concerned with the surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and deformities of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgery has the potential to improve the quality of your life, as many types of conditions can be treated through it. Westlake Periodontics, located in Westlake, OH, offers a full range of surgical treatments for any issues that affect your teeth, mouth, and facial region. Here are several conditions that require oral surgery:

1. Tooth Loss

Dental implants are an option for people with missing teeth. Usually made of titanium, dental implants replace the roots of the missing teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone underneath your gums. Dental implants can restore your smile and improve your life. Dental implant surgery is best done by a trained dental practitioner.

2. Jaw Problems

Orthognathic surgery is a jaw surgery that realigns or straightens your jaw, and corrects any related skeletal deformities that you may have. Corrective jaw surgery can be completed on the upper or lower jaw and is generally safe when done by an experienced oral surgeon. 

3. Birth Defects

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s mouth or lip do not form properly. Cleft lip and palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as what the mother drinks or eats during pregnancy and whether she takes certain medications. Surgical repair can improve the look and appearance of a child’s face and might also improve hearing, breathing, speech and language development. 

4. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. If you have severe sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend oral surgery to open your airways and help you sleep better at night. Surgical treatment may also be recommended if you cannot tolerate CPAP devices and other non-surgical treatments. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea.

5. Infected Tooth 

A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair teeth that are infected or badly decayed. The symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include tooth pain, a bump on your gum, tooth sensitivity, and swelling around the gums. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Tooth removal will impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your tooth is always the best option. 

6. TMJ Syndrome

When the jaw joint is damaged or injured, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome may include difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ syndrome, relieving jaw pain and fully restoring jaw function.

7. Impacted Teeth

Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, can become impacted between the gum tissue and jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling, and infection of the gum tissue. They can also cause damage to nearby gums, bone, and teeth. Therefore, dental practitioners recommend patients with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

Call Today!

Whether your goal is getting back to work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, we can help. Call Westlake Periodontics today at (440) 835-4600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Sazima in Westlake, OH. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We want you to live your best possible life!

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need oral surgery from your Westlake, OH, dentist?

Oral surgery is any procedure that helps treat infections, relieve pain, restore function, or improve an individual's appearance.Extreme Jaw Pain

Oral Surgery Procedures with your Westlake Periodontics

  • Dental Implants: People suffering from tooth loss may opt for dental implants. The advantages of dental implants are they prevent deterioration of your bones by providing support, they have a high success rate, 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
     
  • TMD: Corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery, may be recommended when an individual suffers from severe bite and tooth alignment issues. It's a routine in-office procedure that fixes issues like extracting impacted wisdom teeth, inserting dental implants in the jaw, correcting underbites and congenital abnormalities.
  • Cosmetic Gum Problems: There are several gum issues that may need surgery, such as excess gum tissue covers more of the crown's enamel surface than normal; receding gums is when your tooth roots become exposed, so teeth appear yellow and are more vulnerable to decay; an uneven gum line is when some teeth are more covered by gum tissue than others, so your dentist reshapes the tissue to improve the appearance.
  • Extraction: You need a tooth extraction due to trauma and/or overcrowdedness, among many reasons. It's a simple in-office procedure where your dentist will examine the severity of the situation, extract the tooth, or whatever is left of the natural tooth and stitch the extraction area. An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth, so no need to worry about pain.

For more information on the various types of oral surgeries your Westlake, OH, dentist can provide, just call (440) 835-4600.

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Your entire jaw is lined with dense bone tissue that serves as an anchor for your teeth. When that tissue loses its density after tooth loss, a bone graftingprocedure called bone grafting can help you. Bone grafting can stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone where it is needed most. Talk to a dentist at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, about this periodontal therapy.

What Is Bone Grafting?
Not long after a tooth is removed or falls out, the bone tissue that holds it starts to weaken. If this continues for a long period of time, the remaining unused bone tissue will eventually absorb into the body. To stop this from happening, your dentist may have to do a bone grafting surgery. Artificial bone (called alloplast ), bone from donor tissue (allograft or xenograft), or bone from another part of your body (autograft) is surgically layered in the open socket. After a few months of healing time, new bone cells grow under and around the graft site. 

When Is This Procedure Needed?
Most dentists recommend bone grafting when a patient needs dental implants. A dental implant requires the stability of strong and healthy bone tissue. A graft improves the chance that a patient will be a good candidate for this procedure. Ideally, a bone graft should be done by your Westlake dentist very shortly after an extraction. Also, if you have concerns about your jawline going slack, even if an implant isn’t a part of your upcoming treatment plan, bone grafting may help.

Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a relatively straightforward procedure that can be done in your dentist’s office in one appointment under local anesthesia. By maintaining a good diet and good oral hygiene habits, you can regain a significant amount of bone tissue after tooth loss. Because it allows you to be a candidate for dental implants, it gives you a renewed outlook on how your smile can look and feel.

Consult Your Dentist
Bone grafting may be necessary if you want to permanently replace a missing tooth and strengthen your smile. Call Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, at (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Sazima.

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health

What your periodontist in Westlake, Ohio wants you to know about periodontal services.Periodontal disease

Did you know that a periodontist can make your smile look better? It’s true, because in addition to keeping your gums, supporting bone, and teeth healthy, your periodontist can also perform services to improve the cosmetic beauty of your smile. Dr. Scott Sazima at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, Ohio wants to share how he can help you.

Periodontists perform many services to manage periodontal disease including:

  • Periodontal therapy to keep bacteria levels low, improve and maintain the health of your mouth
  • Periodontal and oral surgery to remove unhealthy, diseased tissue in order to create healthy attachment and support for your teeth

What many people don’t realize is that there are also many periodontal services that can improve the look of your smile. A very common problem is bulky, excessive, or uneven gums, what’s called a “gummy smile.” Your periodontist is an expert at remaking your smile by creating a better ratio of gums to teeth. You want people to notice your gorgeous teeth, and not your large, puffy gums.

That’s why your periodontist offers:

  • Gum resculpting; this treatment uses a laser to remove excess gum tissue and sculpt more harmonious gum contours.
  • Gum recontouring; this treatment surgically removes excess gum tissue, reshapes your gums and provides a higher gumline to show more of your teeth.
  • Receding gums are another common issue that can be treated by your periodontist. As your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, making teeth sensitive and prone to decay.

Your periodontist treats receding gums with:

Gum grafting; this treatment uses a patch of soft tissue (graft) which is applied to the area of recession. The graft is secured and grows in to replace the lost tissue.

It’s time to think differently about periodontics! Your periodontist can improve the health of your mouth, and the appearance of your smile. If your smile needs a little help, just call Dr. Scott Sazima at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, Ohio. Find out more by calling today!

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
March 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth extraction  

No matter how well you care for your teeth, extractions may sometimes be necessary. Westlake, OH, dentist Dr. Scott Sazima shares a tooth extractionfew reasons why teeth are extracted.

Wisdom teeth symptoms

Today, many people just don't have enough room for their wisdom teeth. If the teeth are partially or fully covered by gum tissue or bone, they're considered impacted. Impacted teeth can cause pain and nerve damage and may even affect the alignment of your other teeth. Removing the teeth relieves your symptoms, but doesn't affect your ability to eat.

Tooth decay

Fillings and root canals often offer effective ways to treat and restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. When the decay is extensive and affects a significant portion of your tooth, extraction may be the best choice.

Fractured tooth

A fracture can occur if your tooth broke after you bit into a hard food, or you experienced a blow to your mouth. Root canal treatment, followed by the addition of a crown, may offer an effective to treat the tooth. If the fracture extends into the root or your tooth is severely damaged, it may be necessary to remove it.

Abscesses

An abscess is a bacterial infection that affects your pulp, the collection of nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels in the center of your tooth. When the infection persists despite antibiotic treatment, or the tooth is severely affected by decay, extraction may be recommended. Abscesses are dental emergencies. If you experience pain in a tooth, fever, swollen lymph glands and gums, call our Westlake office immediately.

Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment

It may be necessary to remove a few teeth if you will be receiving braces soon. If your orthodontist determines that there's not enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, he may refer you to our office for extractions before you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Whether you need extractions or want to replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants, Dr. Scott Sazima can help you maintain your smile and your oral health. Call his Westlake, OH, office at (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment.





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