Procedures – Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:37:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png Procedures – Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com 32 32 Wisdom Teeth Removal https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/wisdom-teeth-removal-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/wisdom-teeth-removal-gainesville/ Many teens and adults that have developed a full set of permanent teeth may be unaware that they have an additional set of teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars, better known as wisdom teeth, are often undetectable without regular dental examinations — that is, until they become a…

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Many teens and adults that have developed a full set of permanent teeth may be unaware that they have an additional set of teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars, better known as wisdom teeth, are often undetectable without regular dental examinations — that is, until they become a problem. Wisdom teeth often grow beneath the surface of the gums, and the mouth must be X-rayed to determine if they are present. Sometimes, the teeth will partially emerge from the gums but not grow in completely.

While wisdom teeth can provide added value by increasing chewing and grinding power, they often do not grow into the mouth in a way that allows patients to experience their benefit. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth and along their jaw bone for these teeth to grow in properly, thereby causing problems for the rest of the teeth.

Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

Patients with wisdom teeth are more susceptible to other oral problems, including

  • Misalignment of healthy teeth
  • Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain in the mouth — even bad breath — caused by periodontal disease
  • Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development, which can in turn cause issues with healthy teeth and the jaw bone
  • Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay

At Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed early, preferably during the mid- to late teens, even if they haven’t begun to emerge from the gums yet. Since the roots of these teeth have not fully developed, the extraction process is usually much more rapid if they are removed early. Younger patients are also more likely to experience a faster recovery after surgery.

Before wisdom teeth removal, you will receive a thorough oral examination, including X-rays, to determine the position and size of the teeth. Dr. Simonton has been comprehensively trained to administer anesthesia, and our office offers multiple options for sedation, including local anesthesia (an anesthetic applied directly to the area of removal).

Our skilled surgeon and highly trained office staff will answer any questions you may have before your procedure to ensure that you are fully informed, and they will help you chose the method of anesthesia that is best for you. At Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we do everything in our power to make certain that you have a comfortable and rapid recovery following your surgery and achieve the optimum result.

Where can I get wisdom teeth extracted near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the removal of wisdom teeth. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as South Carolina and Carolina.

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Surgical Treatment of Sleep Apnea https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/sleep-apnea-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/sleep-apnea-gainesville/ Sleep apnea is a common form of sleep-disordered breathing that causes you to have shallow breathing or one or more pauses in your breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes and cause an ongoing disruption that moves you out of deep sleep and into light sleep. This is why many patients…

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Sleep apnea is a common form of sleep-disordered breathing that causes you to have shallow breathing or one or more pauses in your breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes and cause an ongoing disruption that moves you out of deep sleep and into light sleep. This is why many patients suffering from sleep apnea commonly feel tired even after they have slept all night long.

Many patients who suffer from sleep apnea do not know that they have the condition.

You may have sleep apnea if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Sleepiness or lack of energy after a full night’s rest
  • Restless sleep patterns
  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat

Your doctor or a sleep specialist can diagnose sleep apnea through a polysomnogram test, which records specific physical activities while you sleep. The test can be performed either at a sleep center or in the comfort of your home. Some patients who are diagnosed with sleep apnea can treat their condition at home by changing certain behaviors or utilizing dental devices. However, some sleep apnea cases are better solved through a surgical procedure performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

You may benefit from the surgical treatment of sleep apnea if

  • Your sleep apnea cannot be corrected with lifestyle changes such as weight loss, alcohol avoidance, smoking cessation, or side sleeping.
  • You experience discomfort or pain utilizing mouthpieces.
  • You do not experience success or feel uncomfortable utilizing breathing devices, such as the CPAP machine.

If your doctor determines that your sleep apnea would be best treated through surgery, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Simonton to discuss and formulate the best method of surgical treatment. Typically, the surgeon will widen your breathing passages by shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat, or by resetting the position of the lower jaw. Your procedure may be performed in our office or a hospital, depending on the severity of your condition.

If you think that you may be a candidate for surgical treatment of sleep apnea and want to enjoy the benefits of a sound night’s sleep, please call us at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Simonton has extensive surgical training, and our highly trained staff are happy to assist you throughout the process at either of our two office locations in Gainesville or Watkinsville, GA. Please call us today to set up an initial consultation.

Where can I get sleep apnea treated near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the surgical treatment of sleep apnea. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Oral Pathology https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/oral-pathology-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/oral-pathology-gainesville/ We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to get an early…

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We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to get an early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral irregularities to avoid severe complication or the need for a more extensive surgical procedure.

One of the most common areas that will show infection is the smooth, coral-pink lining of your mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, it may be a sign of a pathological process.

Some common examples of oral pathological processes include

  • Tonsillitis
  • Strep throat
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Mumps
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Oral ulceration
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Oral cancer
  • Some autoimmune diseases

Symptoms that may be indicative of oral pathology include

  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily

It is important to remember that not all of these symptoms are painful and that the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the above symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact one of our offices in Gainesville or Watkinsville, GA, immediately.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Simonton if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and its surrounding areas to detect the presence of infection or disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.

Where can I get oral pathology analyzed and treated near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the analysis and treatment of oral pathologies. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Pre-Prosthetic Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/pre-prosthetic-surgery-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/pre-prosthetic-surgery-gainesville/ It is common for patients to choose a partial or complete denture to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first make sure that the mouth can support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or difficulties that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the…

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It is common for patients to choose a partial or complete denture to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When preparing to receive any removable prosthesis, the doctor must first make sure that the mouth can support the prosthesis comfortably to avoid any discomfort or difficulties that may arise from an improper fit. For some patients, the shape of the mouth or the ridge may not be optimal to receive the prosthesis; in such cases, a surgical procedure is necessary to ensure proper fit and maximum comfort.

Many patients ask, “Why doesn’t my mouth support the prosthesis as is?” Just as our genes give us different physical attributes, such as hair color, height, and face shape, we are given different shaped jaws and gum tissue growth as well. Sometimes, our jaw bone is not aptly shaped to accommodate tooth replacements comfortably or in a stable manner. This can cause routine activities, such as chewing your food, to be extremely difficult or even painful. Because the denture rests on the bone ridge, it is critical to ensure that the mouth maintains the proper shape and size necessary for the dentures to fit correctly. With pre-prosthetic surgery, Dr. Simonton can reshape your mouth to make your dentures feel as though you still have your natural teeth.

There are several procedures that might be performed when preparing your mouth for a denture. The procedure you receive will depend on your mouth’s individual needs. Common pre-prosthetic procedures include

  • Smoothing or reshaping of the jaw bone
  • Removal of excess gum tissue or bone
  • Reduction in the size of the alveolar ridge
  • Exposure of impacted teeth

At Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to make sure that you are well informed and as comfortable as possible leading up to your procedure. Our doctor, as well as our skilled surgical and office staff, will fully discuss treatment options with you and present the best choices for your specific tooth replacement needs. Many patients elect to receive long-term solutions, such as dental implants, to restore the best function and aesthetics possible to their mouths.

Where can I get pre-prosthetic surgery near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the preparation of the mouth for a denture or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept with pre-prosthetic surgery. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Cleft Lip and Palate https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/cleft-lip-palate-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/cleft-lip-palate-gainesville/ A common congenital deformity affecting the face is a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. These facial irregularities occur early in development during pregnancy when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area for it to join properly. A cleft can be a genetically inherited condition or an isolated birth defect. Fortunately, normal function and appearance…

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A common congenital deformity affecting the face is a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. These facial irregularities occur early in development during pregnancy when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area for it to join properly. A cleft can be a genetically inherited condition or an isolated birth defect. Fortunately, normal function and appearance can be restored with surgery. The severity of a cleft varies. It can be as minor as a small notch in the upper lip or as severe as a large gap extending through the lip and gum into the nose. There are several risk factors which may increase a baby’s likelihood of being born with this condition, including

  • Family history of the condition
  • Exposure to substances such as alcohol or smoking during pregnancy
  • Race – this condition is most common in Asian and American Indian children
  • Obesity during pregnancy

A cleft lip or palate can sometimes be diagnosed early in the pregnancy through the use of prenatal ultrasounds, and it is very apparent during a physical examination once a baby is born. Males are more likely to be born with a cleft lip than females; however, females are more likely to be born with a cleft palate than males. In addition to the aesthetic issue, children who suffer from a cleft lip or palate encounter many problems in their daily life.

Ear Infections and Hearing Loss

Children with a cleft palate are more prone to fluid build-up in the middle ear and are therefore at a higher risk for ear infections, which if left untreated can cause hearing loss. Many children must undergo annual hearing checks and may require a surgical procedure to place special drainage tubes in the eardrums.

Dental Problems

This condition increases the risk of cavities and is often associated with missing, extra, or displaced teeth, which require extensive orthodontic treatment to correct.

Difficulty Eating

The separation in the palate can make it difficult for children to eat and chew properly. The gap can cause liquids to enter through the mouth and exit through the nasal passage if consumed at an upward or sideways angle. A prosthetic palate can be worn to make eating easier until the corrective surgery is performed.

Trouble Speaking

Children with this condition often experience difficulty carrying their voices and pronouncing words, and it is not uncommon for their voices to take on a nasal sound.

How is a cleft lip or palate treated?

The great news is that many of these problems are treatable, and children with a cleft lip or palate can gain many functions through surgery, therapy, or both. It is not uncommon for children to undergo a series of surgeries as they age and develop to guide the lip and palate into their proper, fully developed positions. When repairing a cleft palate, the first surgery performed usually occurs during infancy, when the child is between the ages of 6 and 12 months. The surgeon will close the gap or hole that resulted from failed development, reconnect the palate muscles, and sometimes elongate the palate. Another surgical procedure, which involves placing a bone graft into the palate, is usually performed when the child is 8–12 years of age. Treatment for a cleft lip aims to close the separation and restore balance and function to the upper lip. The initial procedure is usually performed when the child is between 1 and 4 months of age and takes place in the hospital. Additional surgeries may be needed to monitor the lip’s growth and development starting at age 2 and continuing into the later teen years. Supplemental treatment, such as hearing aids or speech therapy, may be recommended as well.

Where can I get a cleft lip or palate treated near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the correction of a cleft lip or palate. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff service a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Facial Trauma https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/facial-trauma-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/facial-trauma-gainesville/ Instances of facial trauma are more common than you might think; there are more than three million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to hospitals throughout the United States. Just like a cardiologist is called upon to treat heart-related issues, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will be called upon to manage and treat facial trauma cases. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons…

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Instances of facial trauma are more common than you might think; there are more than three million cases of facial trauma admitted each year to hospitals throughout the United States. Just like a cardiologist is called upon to treat heart-related issues, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will be called upon to manage and treat facial trauma cases. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are frequently busy members of any emergency room trauma team.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have received extensive training during their education that allows them to address a plethora of dental and facial problems. They are required to complete years of comprehensive surgical training and medical education in addition to their dental school training, thereby making them experts in correcting the functionality of the jaw, restoring the aesthetics of facial proportions, and replacing damaged or missing teeth.

Each facial trauma case is different because there are various ways that the face and mouth can be affected by trauma situations.

Some of the more commonly seen facial trauma injuries include

  • Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
  • Facial lacerations
  • Fractured jaws (upper and lower jaw)
  • Fractured facial bones (cheek, nose, or eye socket)
  • Intraoral lacerations

What causes facial trauma?

Facial trauma injuries can be caused by several events, including motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries, falls, sports injuries, physical assaults, and accidents in the home. The kind of injury that is incurred will determine the treatment necessary to correct the problem. Minor injuries, such as knocked-out teeth or facial lacerations, may only require the placement of dental implants or sutures. Serious cases may involve a more complex approach, and more than one treatment may be necessary.

It is important that immediate attention is given to facial trauma injuries to avoid any long-term problems that may arise if left untreated. Failure to treat facial trauma can result in impacted teeth, misalignment of the jaw and bite, resorption of the jaw bone, the development of disorders in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw, and even facial discomfort and disfigurement. If you have suffered a facial injury of any sort, we urge you to contact our office immediately.

Dr. Simonton is on staff at the local hospital and is on call to deliver emergency room coverage for any facial injuries that may occur. At Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are compassionate about helping to restore oral and maxillofacial function and aesthetics to every patient who has been in a trauma situation.

Where can I get facial trauma surgery near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the treatment of facial trauma injuries. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic) https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/jaw-surgery-orthognathic-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/jaw-surgery-orthognathic-gainesville/ Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure commonly performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly, creating an improper bite and misalignment of the jaw. For some, the problem can be corrected without jaw surgery by their orthodontist. If the problem is severe, the orthodontist will need to work with an oral surgeon to correct…

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Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure commonly performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly, creating an improper bite and misalignment of the jaw. For some, the problem can be corrected without jaw surgery by their orthodontist. If the problem is severe, the orthodontist will need to work with an oral surgeon to correct the bite with orthognathic surgery.

Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?

A number of problems affecting the mouth and facial structure can be caused by misaligned jaws, including

  • The inability to properly chew and grind food
  • Digestive problems
  • Dental crowding
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease
  • Shorter tooth lifespan
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • The inability to fully close the lips
  • Heavy breathing
  • Impaired speech function
  • Poor facial aesthetics

Many of these problems can have serious consequences for the overall health of the mouth and face. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of any disharmonies of the jaw are important to reduce the risks of this condition.

While the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the function of the jaw, this procedure also results in improved aesthetics and facial proportions. Patients who elect to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to experience several benefits, including

  • Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
  • Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
  • Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
  • Minimal treatment time

The doctors and surgical staff at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are uniquely trained and proficient in performing corrective surgery. They enjoy seeing the positive transformations and results that follow orthognathic treatment.

Am I a candidate for corrective jaw surgery?

Many patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery are already aware of the issue in advance; however, they are unaware that there is a procedure to treat their problem. If you experience any of the following problems, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
  • Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
  • Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
  • Receding chin
  • Difficulty closing your lips comfortably

If you think that you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for an initial consultation. Dr. Simonton has undergone extensive surgical training and education which makes him uniquely qualified to examine and treat abnormalities of the facial skeleton. If he determines you are a candidate, he will work hand in hand with your orthodontist to plan and execute your procedure.

When you elect to undergo orthognathic surgery, your orthodontist will prepare your teeth and jaw for the surgical procedure with braces. Dr. Simonton will then separate your jaw, move it to its new permanent position, and secure it in place. After surgery, your orthodontist will make any small, fine corrections needed to finish the bite before removing your braces.

If you think you may need orthognathic surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA. Our well-trained office staff and highly skilled surgical team are happy to help in any way possible to restore your oral function to achieve a positive result.

Where can I get corrective jaw surgery near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including corrective jaw surgery also known as orthognathic surgery. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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TMJ Disorders https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/tmj-disorders-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/tmj-disorders-gainesville/ The temporomandibular joint, more commonly known as the TMJ, is a hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull and is what allows your mouth to open and close and move side to side smoothly. It connects just in front of the ear on each side of your head and is attached to muscles that control your mouth’s movement.…

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The temporomandibular joint, more commonly known as the TMJ, is a hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull and is what allows your mouth to open and close and move side to side smoothly. It connects just in front of the ear on each side of your head and is attached to muscles that control your mouth’s movement. You can feel these joints working by placing your fingers directly in front of your ears and opening and closing your mouth.

Some patients experience pain in this joint and the surrounding muscles or have difficulty chewing. This condition is called a TMJ disorder and is not as uncommon as some may think.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have a TMJ disorder:

  • Trouble opening the mouth fully
  • Pain in the facial muscles, around the ears, or in the jaw joints
  • Difficulty biting or chewing foods
  • Grating, popping, or clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth
  • Increased headaches, dizziness, hearing loss, ear pain, or ringing in the ears

The cause of TMJ disorders is not always clear; however, it is important for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to understand how the disorder arose to treat the problem properly. Sometimes the disorder is a result of multiple causes.

Common causes of TMJ disorders include

  • Injury to the jaw or muscles in the neck or head
  • Arthritis
  • Excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Displaced or perforated disk in the joint

Our surgical team will determine your treatment plan based on the specific cause or causes of your disorder. During your initial consultation, you will receive a thorough oral examination and may need additional X-rays, a CT scan, or MRI to pinpoint the functional problem. In some cases, your TMJ disorder may not be severe and can be alleviated with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments, such as pain relievers, bite guards, or physical therapy.

If your condition requires surgery, the procedure performed will be based on your specific problem. If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, we urge you to contact one of our two office locations in Gainesville or Watkinsville, GA, for a consultation. For over 25 years, Dr. Fred Simonton has provided TMJ treatment for patients suffering pain or discomfort related to TMJ disorder and is a highly qualified specialist in the areas of the mouth, teeth, and jaws, making Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery your best option for correctly diagnosing a TMJ disorder.

Where can I get a TMJ disorder treated near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Impacted Canines https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/impacted-canines-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/impacted-canines-gainesville/ Sometimes a tooth gets stuck or blocked and does not come into proper natural position. When a tooth only partially grows into the mouth or does not emerge at all, it is said to be impacted. The teeth that are more susceptible to becoming impacted are the wisdom teeth (third molars) and the canines (cuspids or eye teeth). The teeth with…

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Sometimes a tooth gets stuck or blocked and does not come into proper natural position. When a tooth only partially grows into the mouth or does not emerge at all, it is said to be impacted. The teeth that are more susceptible to becoming impacted are the wisdom teeth (third molars) and the canines (cuspids or eye teeth).

The teeth with the longest roots of any human teeth are the canines — the pointy teeth in the front of the mouth. They play a critical role in the proper alignment of the rest of the teeth, as well as in the correct bite of the jaw, and they are very important in our ability to bite into foods like tough meats. Canines are usually the last of the front teeth to develop. Young teens often rely on them to align the rest of their front teeth correctly. These teeth give the proper form to the upper and lower jaws and, therefore, facial structure.

A tooth may become impacted for a variety of reasons, including

  • Inability of the tooth to follow the normal growth track of adjacent teeth
  • Overcrowding of the teeth in the mouth
  • The presence of extra teeth or the lack of normal adult teeth
  • Unusual growths blocking the tooth’s proper eruption

Early detection and treatment of impacted teeth are important to avoid misalignment and the costly dental or orthodontic treatments that are needed as a result. To diagnose an impacted tooth, your doctor will perform a thorough oral exam, checking for puffiness or swollen gum tissue, redness, tenderness, or drainage in the area of the tooth. The presence of any of these symptoms may indicate an impacted tooth, and your doctor will confirm the suspicion with an X-ray.

Exposure and Bonding

The standard treatment for impacted teeth is exposure and bonding. During these procedures, your orthodontist and oral surgeon work in close collaboration to align the rest of the teeth properly for the impacted tooth to emerge. The orthodontist prepares the mouth by moving the fully grown teeth into their correct position, leaving room for the impacted tooth to grow into its natural position. Then the oral surgeon will lift the bone and gum covering the impacted tooth, exposing it and attaching an orthodontic bracket to the tooth. The orthodontist then uses a very small chain attached to the bracket to pull the impacted tooth gently and, over time, move it into its proper alignment within the dental arch.

If you have an impacted tooth and are in need of exposure and bonding treatment, we encourage you to contact one of our office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Simonton is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and looks forward to caring for you in one of our state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

Where can I get impacted teeth treated near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the treatment of impacted teeth with exposure and bonding. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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General Tooth Extraction https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/general-tooth-extraction-gainesville/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:25 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/procedure/general-tooth-extraction-gainesville/ When you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay or broken, it can sometimes be fixed with a filling, root canal, or a crown. Sometimes there is too much damage for one of these procedures, and you must have your tooth removed. Some of the common reasons for tooth extraction are listed below. • Infections. When tooth decay or…

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When you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay or broken, it can sometimes be fixed with a filling, root canal, or a crown. Sometimes there is too much damage for one of these procedures, and you must have your tooth removed. Some of the common reasons for tooth extraction are listed below.

Infections. When tooth decay or damage enters the center of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, it can become incurable through root canal therapy or antibiotics. If your immune system has been compromised (because of chemotherapy, organ transplants, or other reasons), you may have an increased risk for dental infections.
Crowding. When baby teeth do not fall out in time for adult teeth to grow in, they may need to be extracted. Extra teeth preventing your normal teeth from growing properly can also cause crowding and other oral health problems. Sometimes an extraction is necessary to prepare the mouth for orthodontia.
Tooth Loosening. An infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, also known as periodontal disease, may loosen adult teeth. Extractions can sometimes prevent the spread of periodontal disease and tooth loosening.

Before scheduling your procedure, your doctor will perform a thorough oral exam and take an X-ray of the area in which the tooth must be removed. Your doctor will formulate a plan for the extraction taking into consideration your age, the presence of gum disease, and your tooth’s relationship with other areas of your mouth such as your sinuses, nerves, and other teeth. Most tooth extractions can be completed during a single surgical visit.

Where can I get a tooth or multiple teeth removed near Gainesville, GA?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the extraction of teeth. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.

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