Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Old Saybrook, CT Maxillofacial
... We also want our patients to be informed about problems and treatments requiring oral surgery, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being...

Office
... Facilities and Equipment Our office is a modern, state of the art facility using the latest technologies in non-invasive monitoring including ECG, automatic blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry, and exhaled carbon dioxide capnography to insure your safety during surgery...

New Patients
...   What To Expect Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs...

Dental Staff
All our professionals at Shoreline Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in oral surgery...

Contact Us
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about oral surgery such as wisdom teeth, extractions, or fractures in Old Saybrook...

Dental Services
Shoreline OMS offers a full array of oral surgery services to help you maintain a healthy mouth – we have described many of the services below...

Early Orthodontic Treatment
...If one waits too long, a more complicated treatment — or even oral surgery — might be required to correct the problem...

Gummy Smiles
...This problem can be solved with a periodontal plastic surgery technique called “crown lengthening,” which involves removing and reshaping the excess tissue to expose the full length of teeth...

Snoring & Sleep Apnea
...This treatment is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence; it's a good remedy to try before moving on to more complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat...

TMD
...In fact, it's important to exhaust all such reversible remedies before moving on to anything irreversible, such as bridgework or surgery...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
... What to Expect All cosmetic gum surgery can be performed at the dental office — and it usually requires only a local anesthetic (numbing shot)...

Gum Grafting
...You should experience very little discomfort after the surgery, even if tissue has been removed from your palate, because that donor area is usually covered by a soothing, liquid band-aid-like material...

Oral Systemic Connection
...For more serious conditions, conventional or laser gum surgery is an option...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Locally applied antimicrobial products or antibiotics might also be recommended during various parts of periodontal treatment to assist in healing and pocket-depth reduction, hopefully eliminating the need for periodontal surgery...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
When advanced gum disease (periodontitis) develops, your teeth are in danger: At this stage, the ligaments and bone tissue that surround them are being destroyed, and you could even begin losing teeth! If the disease can't be controlled by non-surgical treatments like cleaning and scaling, then periodontal flap surgery may be your best treatment option...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... Related Articles Oral Surgery & Blood Thinners If you are taking blood thinners — including aspirin — it's important to let your dentist know...

Bone Grafting
...Since a small incision is made in your gum tissue to gain access to the bone that will receive the graft, you may experience some soreness in the area after the surgery...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...These procedures may include plastic surgery, orthodontics, orthognathic (jaw) surgery and speech therapy...

Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
...That's when corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended...

Extractions
...How straightforward this minor surgery is will depend on where the tooth to be extracted is located in the mouth, and what its roots are like...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
...After that, as much of the reconstructive surgery as possible is accomplished in one operation...

Sinus Surgery
... The Procedure Prior to scheduling surgery, your dentist will assess the shape, location, and health of the sinus using x-ray imaging...

Bad Breath
...If you have gum disease, you may need periodontal (gum) therapy, which can include a deep cleaning of the roots of your teeth, antibiotics, and, in advanced cases, periodontal surgery...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...If you are a candidate for oral surgery, tooth extraction or implant placement, it's important to consider the possible effect of bisphosphonate use before you have this type of procedure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
In the early 20th Century, not long after X-rays were discovered, medical professionals recognized their value as diagnostic tools: They could clearly reveal structures hidden inside the body without the need for risky surgery...

Laser Dentistry
...Used in gum surgery, for example, lasers can treat gum disease by killing harmful bacteria deep in pockets below the gum line, and removing the diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue...

Bone Grafting
...Because a small incision in your gum tissue needs to be made to access the underlying bone that will receive the graft, you may experience some soreness in the area after the surgery; this can usually be managed by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and/or pain relievers as well as ice therapy after the procedure...

Dental Implants FAQs
... Is dental implant surgery painful...

Fixed Dentures
... What to Expect The surgery to place dental implants that support a fixed denture is a simple, routine procedure carried out in an office setting, under local anesthesia in most cases...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...Read Article Dental Implant Surgery Many people are surprised at how relatively easy dental implant surgery is because they let their imaginations get the better of them before they go through the actual procedure...

Root Canal Retreatment
...Besides retreatment, the alternatives may include endodontic surgery or extraction (removal) of the tooth...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...Because this procedure is often performed with the aid of a microscope and other small specialized tools, it's considered a type of endodontic microsurgery...

Endodontics
...This field also deals with cases of dental trauma, performs microsurgery on the tips of the tooth's roots, and even helps figure out what's going on when tooth pain seems to come and go intermittently, or when the pain isn't localized at one tooth...

Oral Surgery
The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period...

Periodontal Therapy
... Periodontal Plastic Surgery...

Technology
...It can be used to find disease, plan procedures, and visualize internal structures that formerly wouldn't have been visible without surgery...