When you hear the words ‘oral surgery,’ they may sound frightening, but many dental procedures performed in a general dentist’s office are considered oral surgery, from teeth extractions to dental implants. Dr. Lula Tsegay, dentist in San Leandro, California, has over 20 years of experience performing oral surgery. Don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online with Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry for your oral surgery.
More than 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, causing 8,000 deaths. Dr. Tsegay is trained to detect oral cancer. She performs the ViziLite Plus Oral Cancer Screening test, a 5-minute procedure using fluorescent light to help identify abnormal changes in mouth and throat membranes. If results are positive, she may perform a biopsy. If that result is positive, Dr. Tsegay refers patients to an oral surgeon.
Did you know that extracting teeth is the most common surgical procedure in the United States? One reason for this: A teenage rite of passage is the removal of wisdom teeth. If it’s a wisdom tooth that has not yet grown in, Dr. Tsegay must remove tissue or bone. Called surgical extraction, the procedure requires stitches. Alternatively, when a tooth is above the gum line, Dr. Tsegay performs a simple extraction with forceps.
Another common reason for tooth extraction is a decayed tooth. Infected teeth and teeth affected by periodontal disease may also need to be pulled.
During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to dentures. A dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces a missing tooth root. After a waiting period, parts are added to the implant so that a crown fits on top of the base. Implants have many benefits. They lessen bone loss after loss of a tooth when compared to bridges or dentures.
Most patients now prefer dental implants to dentures. Keeping dentures in place is difficult, and they can make speaking and eating a challenge. If you already have dentures, implants can support full dentures or partials, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Gum or gingival recession occurs when the gum tissue recedes from the crown of the tooth and drops down toward the root. If no action is taken, the recession leads to bone loss.
Dr. Tsegay first makes sure that you brush with a soft toothbrush. A hard toothbrush can contribute to gum recession. If recession has already occurred, Dr. Tsegay and her hygienist scale and root plane your teeth. Scaling removes all plaque and tartar from your teeth and keeps recession from worsening. Root planing ensures smooth surfaces on the tooth roots, which keeps plaque from sticking to your teeth.