Southern California General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Ryan J. Fait, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Long Beach, CA & Avalon, CA
Patients of all ages in the Long Beach and Avalon, California area entrust their specialized dental care to Dr. Ryan J. Fait of Southern California General & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Fait has 20 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry and an advanced specialization in oral surgery. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes oral surgery as one of nine dental specialty areas. Dr. Fait is a member of the ADA, upholding the highest dental standards. He and his team regularly attend advanced education seminars. They’re committed to offering patients the latest techniques and equipment required to perform oral surgeries on site. Call for an appointment, or go online to schedule a consultation to discuss the oral surgical procedures they perform in their office.
Oral Surgery Q & A
What does an oral surgeon do?
An oral surgeon can diagnose and treat a variety of head, neck, and oral conditions and injuries. Some of these conditions include:
- Facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery
- Dental implants
- Impacted teeth
- Bone grafting
- Wisdom tooth extractions
- Cleft palate
- Oral cancer, tumors, cysts
- Sleep apnea
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
One of the most common conditions requiring oral surgery is impacted wisdom teeth. When this third and last set of molars develops, there may not be room in your mouth to accommodate them. When the molars are improperly aligned with other teeth, they fail to emerge completely, causing them to be impacted (stuck) between the jawbone and gums.
This condition can be painful since swelling or even infection can occur. If you don’t have impacted wisdom teeth removed by an oral surgeon, they could continue to cause mouth discomfort, disease, and irreparable damage to the surrounding teeth. Cysts and tumors could develop around impacted teeth, causing deterioration of your jaw.
During a regular checkup, Dr. Fait examines your mouth and alerts you to the potential of impacted wisdom teeth. This may involve panoramic or digital X-rays to get a better view of where your wisdom teeth are positioned and how they might cause crowding. Dr. Fait suggests that during the teen years is a good time to begin identifying and monitoring any potential problems.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting, a highly successful procedure, is closely associated with restorative dental work, including bridges and dental implants. Often, dental implant success hinges on having enough healthy jawbone to provide a foundation for the restorative procedures. Depending on your individual condition, Dr. Fait may recommend a bone graft to ensure that the other restorative treatments are successful.
A few factors that contribute to jawbone deterioration include periodontal disease, tooth extraction, and injuries or infections. In each of these situations where the jawbone is permanently damaged, it’s necessary to undergo a bone graft if you desire full restoration of your teeth and mouth.
Any type of oral surgery requires an experienced, specialized dentist. Call the compassionate team at Southern California General & Cosmetic Dentistry, or schedule an appointment online to speak with Dr. Fait about your specific oral surgery needs.