Oral Surgery

Artistic Design Family Dentistry of Scottsdale, and their prestigious dental implant care team, offer a variety of oral surgery procedures for patients who need tooth extractions, dental implants, or a sinus augmentation.

Simple Tooth Extractions

If you have an infection or problem tooth that needs pulled, it can be done is a single office visit.  You can expect some minor pain during the procedure and afterwards for a few days, depending on the nature of your problem.  It can take up to a week for your gums to completely heal.  If you plan on replacing the tooth, we offer several options to choose from, such as a bridge or dental implant.

Our team at Artistic Design Family Dentistry will help determine which option for tooth replacement is right for you after your extraction.

Wisdom Teeth or 3rd Molar Extractions

The average 18-year-old has 32 teeth; 16 on top and 16 on bottom. The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most people. Wisdom teeth should be pulled when they grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and become impacted (trapped beneath the gum line). Impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems, including infection, pain, illness, and tumors or cysts.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Darren Chugg can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there will be future problems, or if there is an immediate problem that needs to be addressed. Studies have shown that early intervention of impacted wisdom teeth results in a better outcome for patients.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the modern-day treatment of choice for tooth replacement. Advancements in technology give patients dental implants that are not only comfortable and functional but natural looking. No one will ever know you had a missing tooth replaced. And, with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, your implants can last a lifetime.

Dental implants have become increasingly common and affordable and popular among people who are missing their front teeth. Some patients can even have a dental implant placed the same day as an extraction, so that they can go home with a fully restored smile. All-on-4™ is a one-day surgery solution for dental implant patients who are in need of a fixed denture. We offer a complimentary consultation for any patient looking for this option.

Dr. Chugg is trained to accurately diagnose and design a personalized treatment plan for each patient that is in need of traditional dental implants or the All-on-4 option.

Ideal candidates for dental implant surgery should have healthy gums and bones to support the new tooth (or teeth); however, All-on-4 dental implants may be an option for patients with low bone density. For bone loss in the upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure may be an option.

For traditional implants, the entire process can take several appointments from the initial evaluation to surgery to follow-up visits with the oral surgeon. They can take up to six months to fuse with your natural bone, and adjustments will be made periodically to ensure that your implants fit just right. All-on-4 dental implants can be complete in one day, and they take 3 to 4 months to fuse with your bone. Learn more below.

ALL-ON-4™ Dental Implants for Fixed Dentures

All-on-4™ is a dental implant solution that allows a fixed denture to be placed with just four implants, which eliminates the standard healing time for traditional dental implants. When performed at Artistic Design Family Dentistry, Scottsdale, Arizona, All-on-4 dental implant surgery can be complete in one or two appointments, making the drive for out-of-town patients very reasonable.

All-on-4 is intended for patients who need dental implants for missing teeth, but they have limited amount of bone and/or a limited budget for the traditional procedure.  The All-on-4 technique is highly successful – 98.5% of patients are still satisfied after 4 years or more.

There are many benefits to the All-on-4 technique, including:

•Faster healing and less down time

•Less expensive compared to a single implant

•No need for bone grafting, in most cases

•Easy oral hygiene and maintenance

•Ability to eat and enjoy all foods

•No more frustrating removable appliances

•Long-term durability

•A brand new smile in just one day!

All-on-4 Implant Technique

You will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.  The four dental implants are placed according to where the bone volume is best.  Then, the new or existing denture is used as the framework for a temporary set of teeth that will be attached the same day. Once your natural bone has completely fused with the implants (3-4 months), the surgeon will remove the temporary teeth and install the final set of permanent teeth.

A complimentary consultation will determine whether or not the All-on-4™ dental implant procedure is right for you. Call to schedule your appointment today!

Sinus Lift

For a long-lasting, well-fitting dental implant, patients need to have substantial bone density and volume in the jaw, where the implant will be attached. If you have suffered bone loss due to injury, birth defect, or periodontal disease, sinus lift surgery should be considered.  The surgeon can raise the sinus floor, allowing room for new bone formation.

A sinus lift is a common bone grafting procedure used for patients with bone loss in the upper jaw. The procedure creates room for new bone to form in the area above the bony ridge of the gum line that anchors your teeth to the upper jaw. Dental implants can then fuse to the new, strong bone formed in the upper jaw.

The sinus graft also makes it possible for patients who are wearing loose dentures to have firmly secured dental implants.

Sinus Lift Technique

An oral surgeon will make a small incision in the premolar or molar region to expose the jawbone. A small cut is made into the bone, and the sinus membrane lining is moved so that new bone material can be implanted.  The surgeon will close the incision and healing will begin. It can take several months for the new bone to fuse with your jaw in preparation for dental implant surgery.  For some patients, sinus augmentation and dental implant procedures can take place simultaneously.