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We serve the greater New Hampshire area and your selection of this office for your oral surgery needs is appreciated. Our goal is to provide the very best care for you in a pleasant environment.
At Capitol Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer an extensive list of oral surgery services:
Dental Implants: Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
Wisdom Tooth Removal: Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow/erupt (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you’ll likely need to have it extracted.
Extractions: Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. When a tooth has been broken, damaged by decay, or has become loose and beyond repair, you will need to have the tooth extracted.
Exposure & Bracketing of an Impacted Tooth: A surgical procedure where, the gum on top of the impacted tooth will be lifted up to expose the hidden tooth underneath. If there is a baby tooth present, it will be removed at the same time. Once the tooth is exposed, an orthodontic bracket will be bonded to the exposed tooth. The bracket will have a small chain attached to it. The oral surgeon will guide the chain back to the orthodontic arch wire where it will be temporarily attached. Shortly after surgery (1-14 days) the patient will meet with their orthodontist. A rubber band will be attached to the chain to put a light eruptive pulling force on the impacted tooth. This will begin the process of moving the tooth into its proper place in the dental arch.
Bone Grafting: When teeth are lost, the bone that used to surround them begins to melt away or “resorb.” Tooth-supporting bone can also be lost when you have periodontal (gum) disease.
Fortunately, with modern bone grafting-techniques, the bone that has been lost can be built up again. Grafting material is added, ideally on the date of extraction. Most often, the grafting material is processed bone minerals around which your body will actually deposit new bone cells. The grafting material itself can come from your own body, but very often it is bone from an animal or human donor that has been treated by a laboratory to make it sterile and safe.
Bone grafting rebuilds the bone loss to create a strong support structure for dental implants or prostheses.
Orthognathic Surgery: is surgery designed to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, malocclusion problems owing to skeletal disharmonies, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. This surgery is also used to treat congenital conditions such as cleft palate. Typically during oral surgery, bone is cut, moved, modified, and realigned to correct a dentofacial deformity.
Sinus Lift: A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It’s sometimes called a sinus augmentation. The bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane is moved upward, or “lifted.”
Frenectomy: The frenum is reduced in size with a scalpel (blade) or a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue. In some instances, the surgeon doing the procedure may use a combination of the two instruments to shape and precisely cut the tissue to get an ideal result.
There are two basic types of frenums: a lingual and a labial frenum.
The lingual frenum is located between the base of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. It comes in all different sizes, and if the frenum restricts the movement of the tongue (a condition called “tongue tied”), The goal is to free the tongue and allow proper speech, swallowing and movement.
In the upper arch, the tissue that connects the gum to the lip is called the labial frenum. If it is abnormally wide or long, it may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth.
What to Expect
We are always excited to meet new patients. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Please arrive on time to allow for the completion of the health history questionnaire, the patient information forms, and the financial agreement. If this is your first visit or there has been a change in insurance coverage, please bring both your Dental and Medical Insurance cards for us to copy. If you have extensive allergies or take medications, it’s a good idea to bring a list of each with you. Free Wifi is available for your convenience.
Your first visit will consist of a thorough evaluation, discussion of our findings and a plan of treatment. We will provide you with detailed information about your treatment options along with their benefits, risks, and alternatives, and an estimate of your costs including insurance coverage & benefits.