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Oral Surgery in Jacksonville, FL

Oral Surgery at Point Meadows Dentistry

Welcome to Point Meadows Dental Spa in Jacksonville, FL, where we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate oral surgery services. Our highly skilled team, led by experienced general and cosmetic dentists, is committed to ensuring your oral health and well-being through a range of surgical procedures.

Common Oral Surgery Procedures

Our oral surgery services cover a wide spectrum of procedures designed to address various dental and oral health concerns:

  1. Tooth Extraction: Whether it's a problematic wisdom tooth or a damaged tooth that needs removal, our doctors perform extractions with precision and care.

  2. Dental Implants: We specialize in implant dentistry, offering permanent solutions for missing teeth. Dental implants provide a natural-looking and functional replacement that can restore your smile and confidence.

  3. Bone Grafting: For patients with insufficient bone density, we offer bone grafting procedures to create a stable foundation for dental implants or other restorative treatments.

  4. Oral Pathology: Early diagnosis and treatment of oral lesions or abnormalities are essential for your oral health. Our experts can evaluate and perform necessary biopsies or surgical interventions when needed.

Your Comfort is Our Priority

We understand that oral surgery can be a source of anxiety for many patients. Rest assured, our team places great emphasis on your comfort and peace of mind. We offer sedation options to help alleviate any anxiety or discomfort, ensuring that your surgical experience is as stress-free as possible.

Personalized Care

At Point Meadows Dental Spa, we believe in the power of personalized care. We take the time to listen to your concerns, thoroughly evaluate your oral health, and discuss treatment options tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our commitment to patient-centered care ensures that you are an active participant in your treatment plan.

 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you require oral surgery in Jacksonville, FL, Point Meadows Dental Spa is here to provide you with exceptional care. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our experienced doctors to discuss your needs and explore your options. Your oral health and well-being are our top priorities, and we are here to support you on your journey to a healthier, more confident smile through expert oral surgery services.

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TMJ Treamtent in Jacksonville, FL

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, TMJ for short, is often the source of facial headaches and pain. The Temporomandibular joint is located at the base of the skull in front of the ear which connects the upper and lower jaw. Just like every joint in your body, it can become swollen, sore, or broken. TMJ pain may be caused by grinding or clenching your teeth and a nightguard may be prescribed to protect the joint.

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Frenectonmy

Subject to the preference of Dr. Rojas and Dr. Mularkey and the limitations of the procedure itself, the frenum is reduced in size with a scalpel (blade) or a laser made specifically to cut soft tissue. In some instances, our doctors may use a combination of the two instruments to shape and precisely cut the tissue to get an ideal result.

Labial Frenectomy The labial frenum is the tissue that connects the gum to the upper lip. If it is abnormally long or wide, it may connect to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too long or wide, it can create a space between the two front teeth, 

Lingual Frenectomy The lingual frenum is located between the floor of your mouth and the base of the tongue. It comes in all different sizes and if the frenum restricts the movement of the tongue (often called a "tongue-tie") the tissue is severed to allow normal tongue movement. 

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Bone Grafting & Socket Prevention

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth deteriorates or is resorbed due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. This often leaves a poor amount of bone structure left for the placement of dental implants. With today’s technological advances, we can grow new bone where needed through a process called bone grafting. This permits us to replace missing teeth with dental implants and gives us the opportunity to restore the aesthetic appearance of your facial structure.

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Oral Biopsy

​A gum biopsy, or gingival biopsy, is a procedure in which our General Dentist will remove a sample of gum tissue from your mouth and send it to a lab for analysis. Gum biopsy tests for suspicious or abnormal gum tissue and is then used to diagnose:

  • Lesions or sores on your gums that last longer than two weeks.

  • Red or white patches on your gums.

  • Gum Swelling that does not go away.

  • Ulcers on your gums.

  • Changes that may be causing you to have loose teeth or ill-fitting dentures.

Gum biopsies are often used along with X-Rays, CT scans, and MRI scans. When you receive a gum biopsy, Dr. Hanna Mularkey will sterilize the gum tissue and then spray or inject local anesthesia to numb the area. After your biopsy, like all dental procedures, the numbness in your gums will wear off and you can resume your normal activities. Your biopsy site may be sore for a few days, and we may ask that you avoid brushing around the site for a few days.

Our General Dentist here in Jacksonville, FL. will perform a biopsy to diagnose gum disease, oral cancer or other dental conditions. If you have questions or concerns about oral biopsies in Jacksonville, Florida, we invite you to contact Point Meadows Dentistry at (904)373-4777 for more information and make an appointment with our experienced dentist.

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Sedation and Anxiety Treatment

Laughing Gas | Laughing Gas is an effective and safe sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Laughing gas is one option we can provide to help make you more comfortable during dental procedures. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of Laughing Gas wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Oral Medication | Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry, generally given during a dental procedure to reduce a patient’s anxiety.

Anesthesia | Anesthesia is typically administered to help dull pain in all or part of the mouth during dental work, but does not cause a patient to go to sleep. It usually wears off two to three hours after the procedure and is most often used when a patient is getting a root canal or filling.

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  • How can I keep my teeth and gums happy?
    Brushing your teeth twice a day, and using a fluoride toothpaste at least once. Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Visiting Point Meadows Dentistry routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning. Quitting smoking.
  • Is Periodontal Disease reversible?
    The disease is still reversible at this stage and can usually be eliminated by thorough brushing and flossing. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged beyond repair.
  • What are the stages of gum disease?
    Gingivitis: this is the earliest stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. Periodontitis: This is your final warning to take your treatment seriously. The supporting bone and tissue that keeps your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque causing more issues and possibly infections. Advanced Periodontitis: This is the final stage of gum disease, the tissue and bone supporting your teeth are permanently destroyed, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen.
  • Can you get Gum Disease without any teeth?
    Yes, gum disease is an ailment of the gums, and is independent of the teeth.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Can teeth whitening be painful?
    When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is an effective and safe way to brighten your smile. The most common side effect of whitening is temporary tooth sensitivity. In extreme cases the sensitivity can last up to a few days. It’s important to consult your dentist, to make sure you are a candidate for teeth whitening and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
  • How long do Veneers last?
    Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, depending on material. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
  • Are Veneers covered under insurance?
    The cost of veneers is not typically covered by insurance. To be certain, check with your dental insurance company.
  • Are there alternatives to Veneers?
    Yes, bondings and crowns are alternative options. Veneers may be the best option for individuals who want to change the color and shape of their teeth more than just a little bit, but not enough to require a crown.
  • My teeth are sensitive, what other whitening options do I have?"
    To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, we may recommend take-home bleaching trays with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
  • Is teeth whitening permanent?
    In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. Like your teeth prior to the treatment, they will remain susceptible to stains. We will recommend you follow-up your treatment with a lower-percentage bleach in-home treatment that can be kept on the teeth for longer periods of time.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    There are a few indicators that your crown needs to replaced, here are a few common reasons: Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.

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