Oral Surgery in West Hartford

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Dr. Rabia Kaur's training, advanced technology, and patient-centered approach ensures the best results for patients who need oral surgery in West Hartford.. From simple tooth extractions to bone grafts and more, she will ensure exceptional results, minimal healing times, and a pain-free experience at Arch Dental of West Hartford.

Understanding The Basics

What Is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is a term used to refer to a variety of surgeries involving the mouth and jaw. Technically, all restorative treatments are oral surgeries, including things like fillings and crowns. However, the term “oral surgery” usually refers to more invasive, complicated dental procedures like root canals, tooth extractions, and corrective jaw surgery.

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What To Expect: The Oral Surgery Process

Every patient is different, but the basic steps of the oral surgery process are similar. Here’s what you can expect if you need to get oral surgery from Dr. Kaur at our office in West Hartford.

Initial Consultation

To begin, Dr. Kaur will perform a visual exam of your mouth and take x-rays to diagnose your oral health condition accurately. For example, she may examine a wisdom tooth and take an x-ray to determine if it’s impacted and needs to be removed.

Treatment Plan

Once Dr. Kaur has diagnosed your condition, she will discuss the treatments and surgeries that may be required to restore your oral health. If you have a dead tooth, for example, this could include a tooth extraction, alveoloplasty, and a dental implant to replace the tooth.

Follow-Up Surgery

After your initial consultation, you’ll schedule your follow-up appointments with our front office team. Then, you’ll simply return to Arch Dental of West Hartford as scheduled to get your surgery.

Healing & Recovery

After your oral surgery, Dr. Kaur will provide you with recovery instructions. It usually takes between 2-3 weeks to recover completely, though this varies depending on your surgery. Make sure to follow her instructions to heal, and come back to our office for any scheduled follow-ups so that she can check on your progress.

We Offer Laughing Gas Sedation

Stay Comfortable During Surgery

With safe laughing gas sedation at our office, you can relax during your oral surgery. Along with local numbing, laughing gas allows you to relax and get your treatment in comfort. You won’t feel any pain, and it will be much easier to sit through long or complex dental surgeries. Contact us for a consultation now, and find out if you’re a good candidate for laughing gas sedation.

Oral Surgery Treatments At Our Office

As an experienced dentist, Dr. Kaur offers a variety of oral surgeries at Arch Dental of West Hartford. This helps us minimize referrals, and simplifies your treatment for better results. Here are a few of the surgeries our team offers:

Tooth Extractions

If your tooth is damaged or infected and can’t be saved, a tooth extraction is usually the best way to eliminate pain and prevent further complications. At our office, Dr. Kaur practices conservative dentistry, and will only recommend a tooth extraction if she truly believes that it’s your best option.

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts help strengthen your jaw bone before you get a dental implant. In this procedure, Dr. Kaur will create an opening in your gums and jaw, pack bone powder into the jaw, and then close the opening. Natural bone will heal around the bone powder, strengthening your jaw and preparing it for a dental implant.

Sinus Lifts

Sinus lifts are the same as bone grafts, but are done in the upper jaw. The sinus lining is very close to your jaw bone, so it must be “lifted” away using special tools before the bone graft can be performed.

Alveoloplasty

Alveoloplasty is also called “bone smoothing.” After you lose a tooth, the bone near the missing tooth may form a sharp ridge. This must be removed to place a denture or a dental implant. Alveoplasty involves gently smoothing down these bone ridges. This ensures the best outcome when placing your new tooth.

Tori Removal

Dental torii are harmless bone growths in the mouth, which usually affect older patients. While they cause no harm on their own, they can interfere with the fit of dentures and other replacement teeth. If this is the case, the torii must be removed so that your new teeth fit properly.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The wisdom teeth are our final set of 4 molars. They grow much later than the rest of our teeth, usually between the age of 17-25. That means many patients don’t have room for them. Because of this, many patients choose to have them extracted to prevent oral health complications.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions

if you don’t have enough space for your wisdom teeth, they may become “impacted.” This means they have not fully erupted from your gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can easily become infected and may cause pain and discomfort. Dr. Kaur can perform surgical extractions in our West Hartford practice to remove these troublesome teeth and restore your oral health.

FAQ’s

What’s An Oral Surgeon?

An oral surgeon is a type of dentist who has training in both dentistry and surgery. They often hold a DDS/DMD (dental degree) as well as an MD (medical degree). This means that oral surgeons have lots of training in both dental care and general surgical principles.

Because of this, oral surgeons can handle even the most complex cases. No matter the situation, they can provide the services that patients need to restore their oral health and appearance, and get back to their day-to-day routine.

How Long Does Oral Surgery Take?

This depends entirely on the procedures you’re getting, as well as your oral health. For example, a basic tooth extraction may take a half-hour or less. But more complex surgeries could easily take 1-2 hours or longer. Dr. Kaur will let you know what to expect before your treatment in West Hartford.

What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

If you’re experiencing any serious oral pain and discomfort, you’re likely experiencing a dental emergency. Common emergencies include tooth infections, teeth damaged by dental trauma, damaged dental work, and much more.

Is Oral Surgery Covered By Insurance?

Insurance will typically cover any oral surgery that is medically necessary for your oral health. However, the insurance company may only pay for a percentage, such as 50% or 80% of the cost of surgery.

Most dental insurance policies also have a limit for how much they’ll pay toward your care each year, such as $1,500. After you exceed this, you may need to pay the remainder out of pocket. Our West Hartford team recommends consulting directly with your insurer if you have questions about your coverage.

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