Restoration and Repair for Damaged Tissues: Oral Surgery
Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin specializes in oral surgery at his Salt Lake City, UT, practice to restore, repair, or improve the tissues in and around the mouth. Oral surgery procedures include wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting and sinus lifts, and pre-prosthetic surgery to name a few. Dr. Hopkin is an expert oral surgeon who focuses on providing his patients with the highest quality care. Whether you need a simple wisdom tooth extraction or more complex surgery to repair oral trauma, he can help. Using precise techniques and drawing upon his many years of experience, Dr. Hopkin can perform oral surgery to help restore his patients' full oral function.
When is an Oral Surgeon Needed?
There are a variety of different circumstances that may require oral surgery. In some cases, an oral surgeon is needed to reconstruct and repair damage to the tissues from trauma sustained in an accident. In other cases, a patient may need oral surgery to restore oral health or to prepare for other procedures.
Types of Oral Surgery
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. The implants can then support high-quality restorations, such as a crown, bridge, or full dentures.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, can cause a variety of problems for patients. The teeth may not fully erupt, or may come in at an odd angle. They can cause a lot of pain and sensitivity in the surrounding teeth and gums as well as pain near the jaw. If they are not removed, they can cause the other teeth to shift, resulting in misalignment. Extracting these troublesome molars can eliminate any discomfort and prevent further complications.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
Bone grafts and sinus lifts are most commonly performed prior to dental implant surgery. These procedures supplement the bone tissue in the jaw to properly support the implants at a later time. Dr. Hopkin can also perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to repair tissues after a traumatic injury, to remove tumors, or to correct congenital defects.
Surgical Correction of TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common affliction. Many patients find relief through non-surgical methods, such as oral appliances. However, sometimes surgery is needed to correct the problem and provide the patient with relief. If surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Hopkin can provide steroid injections or perform open joint repair to alleviate the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Oral surgery procedures include wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting and sinus lifts, and pre-prosthetic surgery.
Treatment for Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma
When oral and facial trauma occur, typically in motor vehicle accidents and sports incidents, surgery is often needed to repair and reconstruct the damaged tissues. This can include treatment of fractures in the upper and lower jaws, cheekbones, nose, eye sockets, and forehead. Treatment may also include procedures for missing or chipped teeth and soft tissue injuries.
Pre-prosthetic surgeries are performed to improve the fit of a prosthesis such as a partial or full denture. These procedures may include ridge augmentation or reduction, gum contouring, and exposure or removal of impacted teeth.
When absolutely necessary, a tooth extraction can alleviate discomfort from a badly damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. Dr. Hopkin can also remove teeth prior to orthodontic treatment if you do not have enough room for tooth movement in your jaws.
Schedule Oral Surgery
If you are in need of an experienced oral surgeon, call Hopkin Oral Surgery at (801) 277-3942 or contact our office online today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hopkin. He performs a number of oral surgery procedures and can provide you with treatment to restore or repair your full oral function.