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By Mai Family and Sedation Dentistry
March 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery   cleft lip   cleft palate  

One of the most common and anguish-filled birth defects is a cleft lip or palate (roof of the mouth). Not only do clefts disrupt the normality of a child’s facial appearance, they can also lead to problems with chewing, speech and the long-term health of teeth and gums.

A cleft is a tissue gap that occurs during fetal development, usually in the first trimester, in which parts of the baby’s face fail to unite. Why this occurs is not fully understood, but vitamin imbalances in the mother, exposure to radiation or other toxic environments, or infections are all believed to play a role.

Facial clefts are classified as either incomplete, in which there is some but not full tissue fusion, or complete, with no fusion at all. A cleft can be unilateral, affecting only one side of the face, or bi-lateral, affecting both sides. During infancy a cleft can adversely affect a child’s ability to nurse, and it sometimes disrupts breathing. As the child grows, speech patterns may be severely disrupted and their teeth and bite may not develop properly.

Fortunately, there have been dramatic advances in cleft repair over the past sixty years. It’s actually a process that can span a child’s entire developmental years and involve the expertise of a number of surgical and dental specialists. For a cleft lip, the initial surgical repair to realign and join the separated tissues usually occurs around three to six months of age; repair of a cleft palate (where the gap extends into the roof of the mouth) between 6 and 12 months.

Subsequent procedures may be needed in later years to refine earlier results and to accommodate the mouth’s continuing growth. At some point the treatment focus shifts to cosmetic enhancement (which can include implants, crown or bridgework) and periodontal health, to ensure gum tissues that support teeth and gums aren’t compromised by the effects of the cleft or its treatment.

At the end of this long process, something of a miracle may seem to occur: a young person’s once disfigured mouth transforms into a beautiful smile. It’s a chance for them to gain a normal life — and a new lease on physical, emotional and oral health.

If you would like more information on cleft reconstructive surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Mai Family and Sedation Dentistry
December 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

What your dentists in Hudson want you to know

There are many reasons you may need oral surgery and may receive many benefits from it. Modern oral surgery procedures have oral surgerybecome state-of-the-art. New techniques and tools have made oral surgery a quick solution to many dental problems. Advances in anesthesia and sedation dentistry have also made oral surgery comfortable. Your dentists at Mai Family & Sedation Dentistry in Hudson, FL want to share their knowledge of what oral surgery can do for you.

These are just a few examples of how oral surgery in Hudson, FL can help you:

Wisdom tooth extractions, because your wisdom teeth are impacted in bone and will never erupt; these teeth may form cysts which destroy bone. If your wisdom teeth have erupted, you may not have room for them, which will ultimately cause the crowding of other teeth. If you leave them in, you run a risk of infection because you can’t clean them properly.

General tooth extractions, because you may have teeth that are too badly decayed to be restored with a filling or helped with a root canal; these teeth should be extracted to prevent damage to the teeth around them. You may also have compromised teeth due to periodontal disease; these teeth have lost too much bone around them to be stable.

Orthodontic tooth extractions, because you don’t have enough space to allow for correct tooth alignment; sometimes teeth need to be removed in order to provide proper alignment of your jaws and other teeth.

Dental implant placement, because you have missing teeth; dental implants are the revolutionary way to provide you with replacement teeth. Your dentists in Hudson, Florida, place implants during a simple surgical procedure performed in the office. After a healing period, the implant is capped with a beautiful new crown.

You may also need oral surgery to correct jaw alignment problems, or if you’ve had trauma to your mouth or jaws.

You can benefit from oral tissue biopsy if your dentist finds a soft or hard abnormality in your bone or soft tissue. An oral tissue biopsy is the best way to determine the cause of a lesion or abnormal growth. An early diagnosis through biopsy can provide a better treatment outcome for you.

These are just a few of the reasons you may need oral surgery. If you need oral surgery, you should see the best. You should call your dentists at Mai Family & Sedation Dentistry in Hudson, FL. Find out more about oral surgery by calling today!