What Is Bone Grafting?
Bone grafting is the process of removing bone from one part of the body to another. In the dental field, this is usually done to prepare the jaw to accept a dental implant. By reinforcing structures already present in the jawbone with a bone graft, your dentist can ensure a stronger and more supportive structure for the dental implant.
How Much Does a Bone Graft Cost?
In some cases, your dental plan may cover some or all of the cost of necessary bone grafts. You may be able to reduce your costs by opting for a synthetic bone substitute rather than using your own bone for the graft.
Why Are Sinus Lifts Sometimes Necessary for Dental Implants?
The bone structure of your jaw may require a sinus lift to accommodate dental implants. This generally is necessary when bone grafts are placed in the upper jaw and the sinus membrane must be lifted to provide space for new bone growth. Anesthesia will be used during this procedure to ensure that you experience as little pain as possible.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
While many procedures can be performed with local anesthetics, your dentist may recommend sedation to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are the most common types of sedation used during the dental process, but IV sedation is also an option.
Is Sedation Dentistry Expensive?
The cost for IV sedation dentistry can be somewhat higher than for local anesthetics alone. By working with our dentists and oral surgeons in North San Antonio, you can have access to cost-effective treatments for your dental needs.
Are Surgical Tooth Extractions Painful?
A surgical tooth extraction may be necessary when the tooth or teeth have not yet erupted or are butting up against other teeth. In this case, local anesthetics or sedation may be used to ensure a virtually painless experience when extracting the teeth. An oral surgeon will perform the procedure by making a small incision in the gum.
How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?
Extractions vary in price depending on the type of anesthesia used, the location of the tooth and the type of extraction required. In most cases, your dental insurance should cover at least some of the cost of your extraction.
Are Wisdom Teeth Extractions Different from Regular Extractions?
Extracting wisdom teeth can sometimes be more complicated than other teeth because of the long roots and the position of these teeth. Infections can also present added challenges that may require your dentist to address these issues before extracting your wisdom teeth in our office. We have experience extracting wisdom teeth and will explain the steps of your procedure to you.
What Is Oral Pathology?
Oral pathology is the study and treatment of diseases of the mouth. Tumors and cancerous growths are among the most common diseases that require the services of an oral pathologist. If you notice lumps, sores or discoloration on your gums or around your mouth, call your dentist right away.
What Is an Oral Cancer Test?
Your dentist will include an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular dental checkup. This screening typically includes a visual scan of the gums and tissues inside your mouth and a careful examination of your teeth to determine if any of the warning signs of cancer are present. If your dentist does spot something out of the ordinary, further testing may be required to determine the cause of your symptoms.
How Do Oral Cancer Treatments Work?
In general, your dentist can use chemotherapy or radiation to treat oral cancer. Chemotherapy involves the use of strong chemicals that target the area of the cancer. Our dentists will explain these procedures in detail to make sure that you understand all elements of your cancer treatment regimen.
What Is IV Sedation?
IV sedation methods allow patients to sleep peacefully without pain when undergoing longer or more complex dental procedures. Our team of dentists and oral surgeons offer this option for patients who may be afraid of the dental treatment process and for those with issues that may produce significant pain during their procedures. By including IV sedation as an option for our patients, we aim to keep our patients comfortable. If you are in need of an extensive procedure, don’t hesitate to ask about sedation dentistry in North San Antonio.
How Much Will IV Sedation Cost?
IV sedation is somewhat more expensive than other methods of anesthesia because of the careful monitoring needed throughout the treatment process. One of our dentists will need to know more about your procedure and the condition of your health before providing a quote for the cost.
What Does an Oral Surgeon Do?
Oral surgeons treat issues that include impacted wisdom teeth, complex extractions, root canals, oral cancer and other serious dental issues. These dental specialists can also provide dental implants and other surgical procedures.
How Much Will Oral Surgery Cost?
Some or all of the cost of your oral surgery treatments may be covered by your dental plan. We will work with you to ensure you receive cost-effective solutions for all your dental needs.