Oral Surgery FAQ
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about oral surgery If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you: Contact Us.
- Dental Implants help impede and or slow down the bone resorption process. Bone resorption after a tooth extraction occurs because the body doesn’t expend energy in area where there is missing teeth. The jawbone needs constant stimulation from a tooth or an implant for it to main the bone in an area. When a missing tooth is not replaced with an implant, up to 50% of bone can be lost in 12 months. It is imperative to have an implant placed in this time frame so more costly bone-grafting procedures are not needed.
- A dental implant is a tooth replacement for a missing tooth. Unlike other treatments, a dental implant is a permanent solution to a missing tooth and is the only solution that resembles a natural tooth the most. A dental implant functions and looks like the natural tooth. It does not involve grinding adjacent teeth as it would with a bridge, and it is not removable like a denture. It is a long lasting solution when properly done by a trained oral surgeon like Dr. Benjamin Yagoubian at Torrance Oral Surgery Center and Dental Implant Center.
- Dr. Benjamin Yagoubian at Torrance Oral Surgery Center and Dental Implant Center recommends dental implants since it restores the function and esthetics of a natural tooth. If dental implants are not placed when a tooth is missing the jawbone in the given area will resorb or decrease sooner and can lead to facial changes.
- The dental implant procedure is not painful. It is fairly quick and painless procedure, and many patients state to not have discomfort at all. Local anesthesia would be provided in the given area to “numb” the gums, the same way you would get numb for a routine dental procedure such as a filling. There is also the option of IV sedation for those who wish to be sleeping throughout the procedure. We recommend you discuss this option with Dr. Benjamin Yagoubian at Torrance Oral Surgery Center and Dental Implant Center.
- Other teeth replacement options may seem less expensive at first, but many times these procedures are being done repeatedly. It has been reported that a bridge has a life time duration of 10-12 years; where as dental implants have been functioning over 20 years. Doing a repeat of a bridge is more costly than investing in dental implants. So yes, at first, the dental implant tooth replacement option may seem like the more expensive choice but it is a long-term investment that is much more predictable than other options available.
- Most to all individuals are good candidates for dental implants. Before any procedure an evaluation by Dr. Benjamin Yagoubian at Torrance Oral Surgery Center and Dental Implant Center is needed.
- Wisdom Teeth also known as the third molars generally begin coming into the mouth between the ages of 17 to 25. Wisdom teeth are recommended to be removed for several reasons: they can cause crowding and misalignment of front teeth, cavities, infections and resorption of teeth in the area of the second molars. In addition a very small risk of forming a cyst. Wisdom teeth do not provide a lot of benefit and only account for 1 to 3% of your chewing. Contact Dr. Benjamin Yagoubian at Torrance Oral Surgery Center and Dental Implant Center to have your wisdom teeth evaluated with a panoramic x-ray.