Oral Surgery Scottsdale & Avondale
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, at a time of life that has been called "The Age of Wisdom". When there is insufficient space for these teeth to erupt, they can grow sideways and partially emerge, or become trapped under the gum tissue. Early removal, between the ages of 14 and 18 is recommended to avoid any future issues.
Dental Implants are frequently the best treatment for missing teeth. For more than 20 years, Dr. Guyette has been placing dental implants to help patients achieve a fully functioning smile. Dental implants are small, yet very durable titanium screws surgically placed within your jaw that provide support for natural-looking teeth. If you are interested in dental implants, contact our Scottsdale or Avondale office today.
If your teeth have been compromised by damage or decay and must be removed to protect the rest of your mouth and teeth, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Dr. Guyette has helped thousands of patients improve their oral health by removing problem teeth. Whether done as a single procedure, or in conjunction with dental implants or reconstructive surgery, tooth extractions can give you a second chance at a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dr. Guyette specializes in orthognathic (jaw) surgery to improve the function, aesthetics, and health of your face, teeth, and jaw. While artistically balancing the different elements of your face, the doctor begins with the basic structure of your jaw and works his way out to fine-tune your appearance. If you have chronic TMJ pain, a pronounced underbite or overbite, or difficulty chewing, breathing or swallowing, you may be a candidate for jaw surgery.
The mouth is a region where changes can be easily seen and so lesions can be detected early. These changes can occur on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around teeth, tongue, face, and neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology. We recommend that you do a self-exam monthly. If you have any symptoms, questions, or concerns, please contact us at either our Scottsdale or Avondale offices.
In the unfortunate event when a root canal fails to rid a tooth of a lesion, pain, or swelling, Dr. Guyette is uniquely qualified to increase the odds of saving the tooth. Dr. Guyette can perform a procedure called Apicoectomy, which involves removing the damaged tissue and root tip and replacing it with a root-end filling to prevent future infection.
Gum recession is the process in which the tissue around a tooth pulls away from the tooth, exposing the root of the tooth. Gum recession can lead to the loss of the tooth, if not corrected. Dr. Guyette can repair the damage of the receding tissue with a procedure called Soft Tissue Grafting. The specific procedure that you may need can be discussed during a consultation and exam with Dr. Guyette in either our Scottsdale or Avondale office.
ORTHODONTIC EXPOSURE OF TEETH
Sometimes a tooth can get "stuck" and not come in on it's own. This situation is called "impacted". While impacted wisdom teeth are removed, other impacted teeth may need help to get them to erupt and grow properly. Since early treatment is best, surgical exposure of these teeth is best when the patient is young. Dr. Guyette works very well with young children and their families and has performed this procedure on hundreds of young patients. Call our office today in either Scottsdale or Avondale to set up a consultation with Dr. Guyette.
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a small joint located in the front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw to move and function. TMJ disorders are not uncommon and patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. Some people notice a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouth. As an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Guyette is able to determine what the cause of the TMJ disorder. Since there is a range of treatment options, it is best to schedule a consultation time to meet with Dr. Guyette.
SLEEP APNEA SURGICAL TREATMENT
When non-surgical sleep apnea solutions prove unsuccessful, a UPPP procedure can alleviate breathing problems and improve your health. This surgery involves removing some of the soft tissue on the back of your throat to increase the width of your airway, block some of the muscle action that impairs your ability to keep the airway open, and improve the movement of the soft palate.
At times, patients will notice small bumps or lesions in their mouth. When a salivary gland becomes blocked, a mucocele will form. This lump is usually firm to the touch and may change in size. These lumps are usually found inside the lower lip, on the roof of the mouth, inside the cheek, or on the floor of the mouth. A mucocele can be diagnosed by your doctor or dentist, but it will ultimately have to be removed by an oral surgeon. Please contact our office to set up a consultation in either our Scottsdale or Avondale office.
“On the night of my procedure, Dr. Guyette called me to see how I was feeling. I thought that was magnificent and it was greatly appreciated! I felt very cared for!” Gordon Stein