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Oral health is integral to overall health and quality of life. The ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently depends on your teeth, jaws, and supporting structures. When problems arise in this delicate system, oral surgery performed by a trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Richard Robinette can help get you back on track.

At Dentistry By Design in Spring Hill, TN, Dr. Robinette offers the full scope of oral surgery procedures to transform smiles and restore optimal oral health. Using advanced techniques and technology, he treats injury, disease, and defects of both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and maxillofacial region.

Whether you require a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants to replace missing teeth, or corrective jaw surgery for functionality and aesthetics, Dr. Robinette has the expertise to provide successful outcomes. Call 931-391-3089 to schedule your oral surgery consultation!

Our restorative oral surgery in Spring Hill, TN can remedy your pain and embarrassment!

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What Is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery focuses on diagnosing and surgically treating conditions, defects, and injuries of the bone and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive additional training beyond dental school to learn how to perform surgical procedures safely and effectively.

Some common reasons patients may need oral surgery include:

  • Removing impacted, damaged, or troublesome wisdom teeth
  • Extracting teeth due to severe gum disease, crowding, or other issues
  • Correcting the position of misaligned jaws or improper bites
  • Biopsies of abnormal tissue growths
  • Treating facial trauma from accidents or sports injuries
  • Reconstructive procedures like dental implants or bone grafting
At Dentistry By Design, Dr. Robinette performs the full scope of oral surgery procedures to transform patients’ smiles and improve health. Advanced technology like 3D imaging, dental lasers, and sedation dentistry allow more comfort and precision.

Oral Surgery Services at Dentistry By Design

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Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal

One of the most frequent oral surgeries Dr. Robinette performs is tooth extraction. Reasons teeth may need extraction include severe tooth decay, infection, crowding, or cracks and fractures. Wisdom teeth often become impacted or grow poorly aligned, requiring removal by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to prevent long-term problems.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots, providing a stable foundation to attach replacement teeth. They’re the closest thing to natural teeth and a long-term solution for missing teeth.

Implants prevent bone loss, restore chewing ability, and give a natural appearance. With special training in placing implants, Dr. Robinette helps patients confidently regain their smile with this permanent option.

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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is sometimes needed before dental implant placement if the jawbone is too thin or damaged to support the implant. This oral surgery procedure replenishes bone volume using natural or synthetic bone material.

Common grafting techniques include:

  • Sinus Lift: The material is placed in the maxillary sinuses to increase available bone height
  • Ridge Modification: Reshapes the ridge for adequate width and depth
  • Bone Regeneration: Membranes guide bone growth to desired areas

These procedures require extensive knowledge of oral anatomy and physiology. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete bone grafting with precision, allowing implants or other restorations to be placed for fully functional, natural-looking results.

Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers provide focused light energy to perform oral soft tissue procedures, like gum disease treatment. At Dentistry By Design, Dr. Robinette uses advanced dental laser technology to enhance accuracy, decrease pain and bleeding, and reduce infection risk.

Some benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • More efficient minor surgical procedures
  • Reduced need for sutures and stitches
  • Minimized post-operative discomfort
  • Less damage to surrounding tissues
  • Improved healing times

Sedation Dentistry Options

Anxiety or discomfort during oral surgery procedures can be minimized with sedation dentistry. Oral surgeons usually offer different levels of sedation to relax patients and create a peaceful treatment environment.

  • Local Anesthetic: Numbs only the area being treated
  • Nitrous Oxide: “Laughing gas” provides mild sedation
  • Oral Sedation: Oral medications induce deep relaxation
  • IV Sedation: intravenous medications produce a controlled, unconscious state

With oral and IV options, patients enter a relaxed state where they are unaware of the procedure. Dr. Robinette closely monitors patients to ensure optimal sedation safety and effectiveness. Sedation allows complex treatments to be performed comfortably and with minimal memory of the procedure.

Improving Oral Health Through Oral Surgery

Dr. Robinette has the advanced training and experience to perform the full scope of oral surgery care. Using the latest technology and techniques, he’s committed to providing individualized treatment to transform smiles and enhance well-being. Some benefits of oral surgery include:
  • Relief from pain or infection of damaged teeth and tissues
  • Restoration of full chewing ability and confidence in your smile
  • Permanent replacement of missing teeth for better nutrition and facial support
  • Correction of bite issues that can cause dysfunction and facial asymmetry
  • Biopsy of suspicious tissues to assess for oral cancer risks

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery like after wisdom teeth removal?

Recovery time after wisdom teeth removal depends on the complexity of the extraction, but plan for roughly three to seven days. Swelling, pain, and bruising are normal initially but improve with ice packs, over-the-counter pain relievers, and proper oral hygiene. Stick to soft foods, don’t rinse forcefully, and avoid strenuous activity to allow the sockets to heal. Full recovery can take a couple of weeks.

Will I need someone to drive me home after surgery?

Yes, you will need arrangements for someone else to drive you home after having anesthesia or sedation. Refrain from driving for at least 24 hours after being sedated, and have someone available to assist you as needed for the first day or two after surgery.

How long do I have to wait to get dental implants after tooth extraction?

The standard period recommended is three to six months after extraction for the bone and gums to heal before dental implant placement surgery. However, various factors like bone quality and healing rates determine the appropriate timing. Oral surgeons will evaluate and advise the optimal timeline for you.

How soon can I resume my normal diet after surgery?

Temporary changes to your diet are required after most oral surgery procedures. Stick to cool, soft foods for the first few days. Avoid very hot, spicy, crunchy, or acidic items that could irritate the surgical site. Slowly begin reintroducing your normal diet after the initial healing phase, typically five to seven days for minor procedures and longer for more complex ones. Your oral surgeon will provide further instructions for oral surgery aftercare.

Schedule an Oral Surgery Consultation Today!

If you need oral surgery for optimal oral health and function, contact Dentistry By Design in Spring Hill, TN, to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon, Dr. Robinette. We can provide precise dental surgery diagnostics and treatment planning, followed by masterful surgical techniques for successful outcomes. Call 931-391-3089 or use our online contact form to schedule your appointment today. We’re happily accepting new and returning patients from the Spring Hill area, including Jameson, Burwood, and Thompson’s Station, TN.

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