Since these dental services are hard to categorize, we’ve listed them under Other Services. Please continue reading for a detailed overview of dental services like osseous surgery, occlusal adjustment, and ridge preservation.
Osseous surgery is a procedure in which your dentist removes or sculpts some of the bone around an infected tooth. This procedure is usually done if you’re suffering from advanced periodontitis, one that has infected your bones.
When you suffer from a bacterial infection, you need to immediately go for a dental deep cleaning procedure. This is a simple procedure in which the dentist will use non-invasive methods like scaling and root planing to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar and get rid of bacterial infection. But if you don’t seek this treatment immediately, the bacterial infection will spread to your teeth, gums, and bones.
When that happens, root planing and dental deep cleaning may not be sufficient. The dentist will remove some of the bone structure that’s infected to prevent the infection from spreading. This procedure will remove all of the bacteria, reduce the pockets of space, and smoothen the damaged bone so it can be reattached to your gums.
The following steps are involved in the osseous periodontal surgery procedure:
- The dentist will apply anesthesia around the affected tooth to numb the pain.
- The dentist also makes an incision around the infected gums to reveal the infected roots and bone.
- Next, the dentist will have to clean the root surface and remove all of the accumulated plaque and tartar before reshaping the bone. The tissue will then have to be sutured up and the wound will be allowed to heal.
- It’s possible that you may be suffering from serious bone loss as well. If that’s the case, the dentist will have to conduct a bone graft procedure. This means the dentist will plant a bone graft in the affected region in order to facilitate bone regeneration. The bone graft will have to be taken either from another part of your body, another individual, an animal, or synthetic materials.
Occlusal (Bite) Adjustment
Occlusal adjustment, also known as bite adjustment, is a procedure in which the dentist will remove any interferences in your mouth that prevent your teeth from perfect alignment. A perfectly aligned set of teeth should be even and the upper and lower teeth should meet perfectly when you clench your jaws. However, due to various factors, you may be suffering from a misaligned bite. This may lead to aesthetic issues or it may also cause issues like jaw injuries. Dental occlusal adjustment addresses this misalignment and seeks to rectify it so your teeth are perfectly aligned.
There are lots of different types of occlusal adjustments.
- Orthodontics is a procedure in which the dentist uses retainers or braces to move your teeth in the desired direction. The dentist will attach the braces to your teeth and these braces will gradually apply pressure in the necessary direction. Over the course of several months, the dentist will keep tightening the braces to continue moving the teeth. After a few years, your teeth will be perfectly aligned.
- Splints are oral devices that you can wear in your mouth to minimize the effects of bruxism, which can lead to malocclusion. You have to wear these oral appliances at night so your teeth don’t grind against each other at night.
- Mouth reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which the dentist will have to reconstruct parts of your mouth. This is an extremely long process and you may need dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, and various other types of dental procedures. This can take several years and is also extremely expensive.
- Occlusal adjustment also includes a minimally invasive procedure in which the dentist uses fine diamond or carbide burs to sculpt your teeth into the correct shape and position.
Occlusal bite adjustment can be beneficial for a number of different reasons. It can remove interferences from your mouth, prevent tooth fractures, treat malocclusion, prevent temporomandibular joint disorder, and generally enhance the aesthetic appearance of your mouth and teeth.
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Ridge preservation isn’t a necessary procedure, but it’s often recommended after tooth extraction. You may have to undergo a tooth extraction procedure for various reasons — because of decayed teeth, problematic wisdom teeth, and other reasons. When you remove a tooth, the bone structure under the empty socket of the missing tooth is weakened over time. Over the course of several years, the bone keeps eroding.
The socket that’s left behind is protected by a blood clot. This clot prevents the underlying nerve from exposure to the external environment. As such, if the blood clot comes undone, the nerve will be exposed, which can be very painful. This is known as a dry socket and a ridge preservation procedure can help avoid it.
Another reason ridge preservation may be necessary is to help you get dental implants later. You can only get dental implants, which are widely considered to be the best replacement for missing teeth if you have sufficient bone structure. This is because the implants have to be lodged into your jawbone under the missing tooth’s socket. If you’re suffering from bone loss in the area, you can’t get dental implants.
idge preservation is a procedure in which the dentist will plant a bone graft into the affected region with the missing tooth. This bone graft will facilitate bone regeneration and it will also preserve the existing bone structure. As such, when you need to get dental implants later, you’ll have sufficient bone in the area.