Oral Surgery

oral-surgery-featuredOral surgery is a rapidly changing field. At Cornerstone Dental, our team is committed to continual professional development and to the acquisition of modern equipment to ensure an unparalleled experience for our patients.

At Cornerstone Dental we use only the most modern techniques to maximize you oral surgery success. It is our experience that fear of oral surgery comes from negative thinking pattern and learned attitudes. That is why it is our goal to educate our patients, thus instilling comfort and confidence in them, while, at the same time, alleviating stress.

The Cornerstone Dental team will walk you through each step of the oral surgery process, from providing an initial consultation, all the way to giving you the tools and resources for successful after-care.

Why Choose Cornerstone Dental?

At Cornerstone Dental we are proud to provide full-service dentistry. We will not refer you to another dental establishment for these crucial services unless necessary. We believe that a relationship of ongoing trust and mutual respect between us and our patients is paramount. We want you to know that Cornerstone Dental is a dentist who genuinely cares for your well-being and works to understand your unique dental needs.

Some of our oral surgery services are:

Sinus Lift

Your sinuses are located right behind your cheeks on top of your upper teeth. The sinuses are empty, air-filled spaces into which you breathe air through your nose. While you use your sinuses for breathing, they also happen to include some of the roots for your upper teeth, which extend up and into the upper maxillary sinus cavity.

When you need to have any upper teeth replaced, specifically using Dental Implants, the bone in the sinuses may first need some augmentation before Dental Implants can be inserted into the mouth. This is due to the fact that there is just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus cavity and the mouth itself. When using Dental Implants to replace any extracted or missing teeth, the Dental Implants always require solid bone mass in order to securely hold them in place, thus ensuring the success of the procedure.

Bone Grafting

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss in your mouth. However, you may also lose bone structure from other things such as ill-fitting dentures and/or facial trauma. Bone grafting is a way to replace lost bone tissue and to encourage natural bone growth. Bone grafting can be used for a wide variety of periodontal procedures. These days, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the ability to place Dental Implants – it gives us the ability to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

What are the different kinds of Bone Grafts?

There are several different kinds of dental bone grafts. These are the most common:

  • Autogenous bone graft – In this type of graft, the bone is removed from elsewhere in the body and implanted in the mouth.  Common donor sites for bone grafting include the iliac section of the pelvis, the chin and the posterior third molar areas of the jaw.  If large amounts of bone need to be harvested, the hip or the shin bone (tibia) are generally used.
  • Allograft – Synthetic bone (man-made) can be created in the laboratory and used in the bone grafting procedure.  Bone can also be obtained from a bone bank (cadaver bone).
  • Xenograft – This is the implantation of bovine (cow) bone.  A xenograft is perfectly safe and has been used successfully for many years.  Ample bone can be obtained and no secondary donor site is necessary.

There are a wide variety of reasons why you may need a bone graft, but generally the most common reason is to restore the jaw bone.

Call Cornerstone Dental at (403) 995-1800 to request your Oral Surgery appointment today.
No referral is necessary and new patients are warmly welcomed.