Oral Surgery

Alveolar Onlay Grafts

Alveolar onlay grafts may be used to recreate the bone where teeth have been missing for a long time or an area where an infected tooth has caused destruction to the bone. The alveolar onlay graft is done to prepare for dental implants. We will use the bone from your chin or wisdom tooth areas and fit the graft to lie over the area of bone deficiency. The bone will be placed with special screws that will be removed when the implant is placed. If bone deficit is extremely present the doctor may need to extract bone from a larger bone such as your hip in order to completely restore the jaw bone and shape.

Bone Grafting

Damage to the jawbone can be caused in areas where there are missing teeth. The jawbone can deteriorate and change the facial structure and make it unsuitable for a dental implant. Today’s technology can repair the inadequate bone in preparation for dental implants, restoring functionality and esthetic appearance.

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Facial Trauma

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Local Anesthesia

Sometimes your dentist needs to numb a part of your mouth. He or she injects medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic that dentists use, but there are many others. 

There are two kinds of numbing injections. A block injection numbs an entire region of your mouth, such as one side of your lower jaw. An infiltration injection numbs a smaller area. This is the area near where the injection was given.

If you need local anesthesia in order to have your dental treatment done, your dentist will dry part of your mouth with air or cotton. Many dentists then swab the area with a gel to numb the skin. Then your dentist will slowly inject the local anesthetic. Most people don't feel the needle. Instead, the sting they feel is caused by the anesthetic moving into the tissue. An injection of local anesthesia can last up to several hours. 

We'll make sure your dental procedures are as pain-free as possible. Call Mokena Crossings Family Dental at 708-479-9797 to schedule an appointment.

Socket Preservation

When a dentist extracts a tooth, the procedure leaves behind a small hole where the tooth once was. This socket can be very sensitive at first, which is why your dentist may recommend socket preservation to go along with your extraction.

It's not uncommon for the bone that previously supported the tooth to melt away once the tooth is removed – it doesn't serve a purpose anymore. When this bone fades away, however, gaps form between the teeth, or the teeth can move out of alignment. This is why a socket preservation is typically performed at the same time as the tooth extraction itself.

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Extractions

Sometimes trauma, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth and tooth decay can be too significant, and despite our best efforts to save the tooth, extraction may be the only option.  No one wants to lose a tooth, but here at Mokena Crossings Family Dental, we will make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Just because extraction may be necessary doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth.  We can provide restorative dental options to replace the extracted tooth. 

  • Single Implants
  • Multiple Implants
  • Bridges
  • Implant Retained Dentures
  • Standard Dentures

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as your "third molars" usually come in between the ages of 17 and  24. Many times they come in only partially, sideways or impacted due to limited space in your mouth. If this occurs, your wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.

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