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Oral Surgery Specialist

Hansen Dental Care

Robert Hansen, Jr., DDS

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Pasadena, CA

Severe tooth decay and gum disease can cause a series of serious dental issues, including tooth loss. At Hansen Dental Care in Pasadena, California, Robert Hansen, DDS, provides expert tooth extraction and dentures to restore your smile to its natural brilliance. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about the oral surgery services that Hansen Dental Care offers.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Many dental procedures performed are considered oral surgery, including:

Tooth extractions

Widely regarded as the most common form of oral surgery, tooth extractions are necessary when:

  • Your wisdom teeth become impacted and begin causing discomfort
  • Tooth decay has destroyed your teeth
  • Certain orthodontic procedures require your teeth to be removed

Tooth extractions are typically recommended when your teeth are beyond repair and more invasive measures need to be taken to restore your smile.

Jaw surgery

Jaw surgery is needed when Dr. Robert Hansen determines that you have jaw problems that cannot be corrected by minimally invasive treatments. Jaw problems that may require surgery include:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Jaw trauma
  • Persistent jaw pain
  • Incorrect bite or jaw position

In most cases, jaw surgery is recommended as a last result and may be combined with other treatments to minimize jaw pain.

Dental implants

Dr. Hansen may recommend dental implants if you have several missing teeth, caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma; they can also help support dentures. Used as tooth root substitutes, dental implants are surgically attached to your jaw bone and surrounding tissues to help stabilize artificial teeth, such as dentures.

Should I consider dentures?

If you suffer from tooth decay and need more than one tooth extracted, Dr. Hansen may suggest dentures as a tooth replacement option. After a full-mouth extraction, in which all your teeth are removed, Dr. Hansen and his team will fit you for dentures that look and feel like your natural teeth.

There are several different types of dentures to suit your unique lifestyle, such as:

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are a stable type of denture that connects to titanium abutments. These types of dentures are implanted into your jaw and surrounding tissue to provide ultimate stability in your mouth.

Partial dentures

A partial denture is a collection of teeth held together by an acrylic band or a metal band. It connects to existing teeth and is typically recommended as a tooth replacement option if you still have healthy teeth in your mouth ― perfect for patients with front missing teeth.

Full dentures

A complete set of artificial teeth, full dentures completely replace your missing teeth and can be fully removed. These false resin teeth are connected to a plate that fits along the roof of your mouth. While full dentures take some getting used to, they can be readjusted at any time for optimal comfort.

For more information on oral surgery, call Hansen Dental Care or book an appointment online today.