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Sometimes teeth do not align due to dental crowding, and an orthodontist can align the teeth. Other times the alignment problem is a result of the bone of your upper or lower jaw being in the incorrect position.
As an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Boyd is trained in jaw repositioning surgery. He will work with your orthodontist to determine the skeletal and dental problems and create a treatment plan that will include pre-surgical orthodontics, surgery of the jaws to realign the teeth and jaw bones, followed by post surgical fine tuning with your orthodontist.
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Sometimes teeth erupt in the wrong position or don’t erupt at all. These are called impacted teeth and require surgical treatment.
The most common teeth to become impacted are wisdom teeth, followed by canine teeth (also known as “eye” teeth or “fangs”). In the case of impacted canines, these teeth are very valuable and can be surgically exposed and an orthodontic bracket placed. The orthodontist can then apply the appropriate forces to guide the canine into the correct position in the mouth.
This process is coordinated between Dr. Boyd and your orthodontist and can be performed under IV sedation safely in the office.
When teeth cannot be restored by your dentist, they may need to be extracted. At the time of extraction, Dr. Boyd can discuss replacement options for your tooth.
Options may include a dental implant, a removable denture, or sometimes a dental bridge.
To find out more about replacing your tooth with a dental implant, click here or call us to schedule your consultation.
The limiting factor for implant placement is the quantity and quality of the bone.
When a tooth is extracted, the bone at that site slowly resorbs or disappears.
Grafting can be done at the time of extraction to preserve the bone for a future implant, or it can be done after the extraction to restore the bone to a level that is adequate for a dental implant.
Dr. Boyd can perform all types of bone grafting techniques to maximize the success of the future implant and is able to use both cadaveric bone or use bone from other places in your mouth to restore the bone in your site.
He can also use your bodies own healing properties by using a small amount of your blood that is spun down to separate a layer that is called Platelet Rich Fibrinogen, which acts like your bodies glue and includes your own factors to encourage successful grafting.
Above the upper jaw, there is a hollow area of the cheekbone called the maxillary sinus.
Sometimes when a tooth in the upper jaw has been missing for a long period of time the maxillary sinus will enlarge in that area decreasing the amount of bone that is available for a dental implant. In this case, Dr. Boyd can perform a procedure called a sinus lift where he elevates the sinus membrane and places bone below the membrane, thereby increasing the height of bone available for a dental implant.
The procedure can be done awake or with IV sedation along with placement of the implant at the same time as the sinus lift.
Dr. Boyd is able to diagnose and treat TMJ pain both medically and surgically starting with the most conservative options first. If pain persists, Dr. Boyd can perform joint surgery including joint replacement when needed.
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The mouth and jaw can develop cysts, tumors, and malignancies that Dr. Boyd can diagnose and treat either in his office or in the operating room.
After patients suffer trauma, some are left with injuries that affect form or function of the jaws and face.
Dr. Boyd can diagnose and treat these deformities of the face, nose, jaws either in his office or in the operating room.
Nerves of the face can be damaged in a many different ways including dental injections, wisdom tooth surgery, jaw surgery, bone grafting, or dental implant surgery.
Dr. Boyd can diagnose and treat these nerve injuries to recover some or all function.
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Many people suffer from OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea and may even have to wear a machine at night called CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). The CPAP machine keeps the airway open and ensures the patient does not stop breathing while asleep.
Long term, the side affects can cause cardiovascular and pulmonary problems.
Corrective jaw surgery can be a treatment to remove the need for CPAP or drastically reduce the settings while improving the obstructive process causing OSA.
Call for a consultation and bring your current CPAP settings as well as your sleep study results to see if Dr. Boyd can help with your OSA