Dental Surgery and Advanced Care

smilingcouple09At South River Dentistry, we perform a variety of advanced dental services and oral surgery procedures. When necessary, Dr. Jeff T. Blackburn works together with a team of specialists and may involve the assistance of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to complete more complex surgical procedures. Below, we have listed and briefly detailed the dental surgery and advanced care options offered at our practice. If you are interested in a specific treatment, please click on the links provided to learn more, or do not hesitate to today.

TMJ Treatment

Dysfunction of the jaw joint, medically referred to as temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), can cause a variety of uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as jaw pain, headaches, and ringing in the ears. After properly testing for and diagnosing TMJ, Dr. Blackburn can devise an effective treatment plan for the condition that may include a specially molded bite guard, anti-inflammatories, and/or muscle relaxants.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a very dangerous health condition in which airflow is blocked by soft muscle tissues during sleep. The blockages in the airways regularly disrupt sleep and can result in life-threatening complications. For patients who are good candidates for treatment, Dr. Blackburn is often able to use custom oral appliances to help expand the airways and reduce airflow blockages.

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Endodontics & Root Canal Care

Dr. Blackburn provides a full spectrum of endodontic care to repair and rebuild badly damaged or decayed teeth, as well as to fix failed root canal therapy. Root canal retreatments require Dr. Blackburn to remove previous dental work and perform further endodontic surgery to restore health and function to the tooth or teeth.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

We recommend wisdom teeth extractions when there is risk of damage to nearby teeth, disease, infection, and/or tooth crowding. Dr. Blackburn performs a thorough examination of the wisdom and surrounding teeth to determine the best course of action for resolving complications. If teeth are impacted or partially impacted, the help of a referred oral surgeon may be required.

Bone Grafting

In dentistry, bone grafting is most commonly required to build and reinforce jawbone density before a restoration procedure involving implants and/or bridge work. The success of these restorative procedures rely upon the stability and strength of the jawbone. With years of experience in bone grafting, Dr. Blackburn can determine good candidates for this procedure, identify which type of graft will likely produce the best results, and perform the selected technique with a high level of skill and precision.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is sometimes required to resolve significant abnormalities of the jaw and bite. When necessary, Dr. Blackburn works together with skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons as well as orthodontists to achieve the most beneficial therapeutic outcomes for patients experiencing various degrees of malocclusion.

Contact South River Dentistry

For more information about oral surgery or advanced dental services, please contact our practice. A friendly member of our team can answer any questions you have and help schedule your consultation with Dr. Blackburn.