A Chicago patient’s tooth extraction may be necessary for any number of reasons. A patient in perpetual pain may request a tooth extraction as a solution. Advanced decay or a significant abscess may have rendered a tooth unsalvageable. A tooth may need to be extracted if there’s no room in the jaw to accommodate it, as is the case with wisdom teeth or an impacted adult tooth. Teeth may also need to be removed as part of orthodontic treatment to reduce crowding.
In some cases, a tooth extraction can be a simple straightforward procedure that should really be performed by a dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon just in case of troubles or complications. For simple tooth extractions in Chicago, patients must have a sufficient amount of the crown’s structure for this oral surgeon to be able to grasp the crown with forceps and remove it from the bone. This type of tooth extraction can be performed in this expert oral surgeon’s Chicago office, using local anesthesia or with nitrous oxide in addition.
An experienced dual degree oral surgeon needs to be involved in more complex cases of tooth extractions. A more extensive procedure is required when little of the crown remains or if the tooth is impacted—as wisdom teeth often are—and never erupted to begin with. Oral surgeons must get at the tooth’s root in a different, more direct fashion in complex extractions. The oral surgeon often needs to cut into the gums or carefully drill into the jawbone to get better access to the tooth’s root.
Wisdom teeth removal and other complex extractions take a longer time, and patients prefer to choose sedation dentistry in addition to the local anesthesia for superior comfort.
To make any type of tooth extraction go more smoothly, patients should plan to have an escort accompany them home from the appointment and have some sort of adjunctive sedation. Post-extraction patients will be in no shape to drive themselves home after the procedure. Patients should also give the surgeon a complete list of their medications, as some medications can affect the healing process or increase the chances of prolonged bleeding. If undergoing general anesthesia, patients will need to fast at least 8 hours prior to the appointment.
A decaying or abscessed tooth can have wide-reaching negative effects on your health, so you should consider extraction if your natural tooth cannot be saved. Call ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio
at 312.328.9000 and schedule your consultation to develop a plan for comfortable tooth extraction and an uneventful recovery.
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, a practice specializing in oral and jaw surgery, dental implants and All-on-4 in Chicago, is proud to announce that their Chicago Loop oral surgery practice is the most recent recipient of the “Greenest Business” Award by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop.
Online PR News – 14-November-2011 –Chicago, IL – ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, a practice specializing in oral and jaw surgery, dental implants and All-on-4 in Chicago, is proud to announce that their Chicago Loop oral surgery practice is the most recent recipient of the “Greenest Business” Award by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop. The Alliance engages businesses, individuals and agencies in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with a focus on making the area a greener place to live, work and play.
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio is committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability within their Chicago Loop oral surgery practice and has won numerous awards to date for their efforts. In fact, they are recognized as the first and only completely green oral surgery practice in Chicago. In addition to the coveted award bestowed on the practice by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop, ORA® has received a “Gold Star” rating by the Green Health Care Program, has been “Gold” certified by the Eco-Dentistry Association, and has received the Partner for Change with Distinction Award and the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award by Practice GreenHealth.
“Just as our patient’s safety and health is our number one priority at ORA®, the downtown Chicago community where our oral surgery practice resides and where our patients come from has also been a main focus of ours,” explains Dr. Steven Koos, an oral surgeon and implant dentist in the Chicago Loop neighborhood and owner of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio. “We have constructed toxin-free, energy-efficient, green facilities that protect and encourage the well-being of our entire community. We also incorporate environmentally responsible techniques in our daily practice.” In building their Chicago Loop dental office, everything from the materials used in the construction and design of the facility to how waste is disposed of was considered in an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible.
Dr. Koos, along with his partner Dr. Brian Shah, is dedicated to adhering to a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that takes into account the practice’s impact on the surrounding environment. They strive to lead by example and hope that their eco-friendly dental practices will be recognized and adopted by other oral surgery and dental offices, both within Chicago and around the country. Receiving the “Greenest Business” Award by the Alliance for a Greener South Loop is an indication of ORA®‘s commitment to tread more lightly on the earth and serves as a reminder to others that it is possible to be environmentally responsible within the dental industry.
“We are all proud to have received this competitive award, recognizing the efforts we have made,” explains Dr. Shah. “We will continue to pave the way for more eco-friendly dentistry and oral surgery in Chicago and hope that it will inspire other dental professionals to follow in the path we have created.”
ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio is a socially and environmentally responsible Chicago Loop oral surgery practice. In addition to being committed to eco-friendly practices, the Chicago oral surgeons have developed a patient-centered atmosphere devoted to the overall comfort and well-being of their patients. To find out more about ORA® and the awards they have received in recognition of their commitment to green dentistry in Chicago, visithttp://www.orasurgery.com.
A critical element of dental implant success is the availability of adequate bone mass to anchor the implants and support the osseointegration process, in which the dental implants fuse with the jaw bone. In the past, patients with severe bone loss may have needed to undergo a bone graft surgery first or they might have been ruled out as dental implant candidates, meaning they’d have to settle for poor fitting dentures.
Even if they have extensive jawbone atrophy, Chicago patients who desire dental implants now can turn to new technology to fulfill their treatment goals.
With Zygomatic dental implants, this implant dentist, who is a dual degree oral maxillofacial surgeon, secures the implant from inside the mouth to the cheekbone (also known as the zygoma). While the standard dental implant is between 10 and 15 mm long, a zygomatic dental implant is up to 50 mm in length, allowing it to extend the needed distance for the replacement tooth or teeth to fit into the oral cavity.
Because the cheek has more than enough bone material to facilitate the dental implant’s osseointegration, the need for a bone graft or sinus augmentation prior to implant placement is eliminated.
This advanced Chicago dental implant technique is a particularly useful strategy for patients who need to have an implant placed toward the rear of the upper jaw, as resorption tends to progress most rapidly in that vicinity. The cheekbone offers an ideal alternate location for a dental implant intended to anchor an artificial arch of teeth and provide rear stability to a dental implant bridge or denture in Chicago.
A temporary artificial crown or arch of artificial teeth can sometimes be placed the same day that the implant is inserted. After 4-6 months, when the implants have fused fully with the bone, a permanent arch can be placed.
In using zygomatic dental implants, this Chicago implant dentist will plan the surgery by taking a CT scan of the patient’s jaw and then using three-dimensional computer software to guide the actual implant placement procedure.
If you are interested in dental implants but are concerned that you do not have enough jawbone for the procedure, talk with our Chicago implant dentistry team about zygomatic dental implants. They may be a solution in your case. Call 312.328.9000 and schedule your consultation today.
For a person who has anxiety issues, going to the dentist when you know you have to have teeth pulled is extremely hard. I had been told by Dana the hygenistwho works at Ora that I had a couple of lose wisdom teeth, but being the procrastinator that I am, my dentist Dr. Kralj told me when I was ready to have them pulled just to let him know. I had my wisdom teeth removed just two weeks ago and I really do not know why I was scared. From the moment I met Dr. Koos and he explained everything to me….I realized I was in good hands. On the day of the proceedure his assistant (who was extremely nice) took me back to one of his surgery rooms. He explained he was going to put this little “bozo nose” on me which had laughing gas in it. Next thing he did was to put an IV in my hand which I never felt going in … In 1/2 hour Dr. Koos was done and waking me up. Once I was awake he explained everything I had to do. Keep a cold compress on the swelling sites and take Ibuprofin. If the pain became too bad he also sent me home with a prescription for pain medication. Dr. Koos called later that night to find out how I was doing..or to see if I had any questions. I honestly slept most of the day…and I awoke the next day to find out I had no swelling and not a lot of pain. I just couldn’t eat solid foods for awhile.
I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to walk me through the proceedure and care enough to call to find out how I was.
If I need more oral surgery…..I will definately see Dr. Koos and recommend him to anyone who needs his help.
I also recommend anyone who needs to see a regular dentist go to see Dr. Kralj he is extremely nice and does not push you into having things done you just can’t afford.
I can’t say enough about the office staff they are wonderful.
The third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, can be problematic if they become impacted. When the wisdom teeth do not erupt or only erupt partially this can lead to several things; they can become decayed, cause pain and headaches, injure adjacent teeth, cause crowding within the dental arch, they can collect bacteria, thereby promoting infection that can ultimately lead to gum disease and adjacent tooth and bone loss.
Everybody is born with wisdom teeth in Chicago, which are the only teeth that actually begin calcifying and forming well after birth. Rarely it is encountered where a patient in Chicago fails to develop one or more wisdom teeth because of our evolutionary history. In fact, the third molars were invaluable to our early human ancestors, who had to chew and process a much rougher diet than we have today. However, over the countless centuries, our sources of nutrition have become more refined and our jaws have become smaller, leaving little, if any, room to accommodate those third molars. They’ve been rendered useless by evolution, and since they have no function in the modern mouth, there’s no beneficial reason for Chicago patients to hang on to their wisdom teeth.
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most commonly performed and routine medical procedures, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons build up their skills by removing patients’ wisdom teeth nearly every day. In the hands of this highly experienced dual-degree Chicago wisdom tooth specialist, the procedure is safe, comfortable and there are minimal risks of any complications. Patients can even take steps to reduce the likelihood of those complications.
If you are in your late teens or older and never had your wisdom teeth extracted, then they are still present even if they haven’t erupted. Even if you don’t have any pain or infection associated with the wisdom teeth, they may still be causing serious hidden problems. If you are uncertain as to the status of your wisdom teeth, have this Chicago oral surgeon take an x-ray of your upper and lower jaw to determine the development of the third molars and their presence.
Patients usually seek to have their wisdom teeth extracted before any issues arise, and this is the best practice – precautionary and preventative medicine. It’s important to have the immature wisdom teeth removed before age 25 when possible. The procedure is less complex then, because the wisdom teeth’s roots grow longer and more entrenched in the jaw bone as a person ages. Nonetheless, older patients who still have their wisdom teeth are equally encouraged to have them extracted for all of the same reasons and to avoid future complications.
To learn more about wisdom tooth removal and to schedule a consultation, please contact our experienced dual degree oral surgeons at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio today.