At Goldstein Garber & Salama, we are experts in oral surgery in Atlanta. If you need a complex surgery such as a bone graft or a surgical tooth extraction, our team is here to help. Contact us now for a consultation or to learn more about our surgical treatments.
Every patient is different, so the best way to determine if you need oral surgery is to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at Goldstein Garber & Salama. We can discuss all of your options, including surgery, and help you make the right choice.
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, you may need orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) to correct bite problems and adjust the position of your teeth. At our Atlanta dental office, we can help with even the most complex occlusion issues and adjustments.
Bone grafting is used to strengthen your jaw bone before the placement of a dental implant. In this treatment, an incision is made into your gum tissue and jaw bone, and bone material is packed into the area. Over time, it heals and forms new bone, preparing you for an implant.
A sinus lift is similar, but since it’s done on the upper teeth, the sinus lining must be gently moved and lifted while placing the bone material.
Alveoloplasty (bone ridge smoothing) may be required if you’ve lost one or more teeth and you are restoring your smile with an implant or denture. The jaw bone near the missing tooth may be sharp and jagged and need to be trimmed and smoothed before you can get a denture or a dental implant.
Tori removal is similar. A dental “torus” is a bony growth in your mouth that is harmless, but can interfere with the fitting and placement of dentures, so patients receiving dentures often need tori removal as part of the preparation process.
At our office, we can handle extractions of all types, including basic extractions, wisdom tooth extractions, and the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, the best way to find out if you need an extraction is to schedule a consultation with your dentist at Goldstein Garber & Salama. They can discuss all of the options you may have for restoring your tooth, and determine if it should be removed.
If you think that you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, signs you should be on the lookout for include pain and soreness near your rear teeth, gum inflammation near the wisdom teeth, and bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. See your dentist for further diagnosis, and to see if your wisdom teeth should be extracted.
Laughing gas is a good option for less invasive treatments. It will help minimize feelings of anxiety and pain, but you will be completely conscious during your procedure. It wears off within about 5 minutes of your treatment, so you can drive yourself home after treatment and resume your day-to-day activities.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation are both deeper sedation methods than laughing gas. They use a strong sedative that will make you feel groggy, and may even cause you to fall asleep and forget most of what happened throughout your oral surgery.
General anesthesia is ideal for long or invasive oral surgeries. You will be rendered completely unconscious, and you will not feel any pain or discomfort or remember anything about your procedure.
Each oral surgery is different, but you can usually expect to heal and recover within 1-2 weeks of treatment. You will need to take steps like cleaning the surgical site properly, eating a diet of soft foods, and avoiding exertion for 2-3 days after treatment. Your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive set of recovery instructions to follow.