West Hill Family Dental Oral Surgery
Oral surgery is a dental specialty that includes the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. It involves dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, apicoectomy, TMJ disorder, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, oral pathology, osseous tissue surgery, anesthesia and bone grafts. West Hill Family Dental is proud to be your trusted connection to oral surgery in Rocky Hill CT.
The most common types of oral surgery involve removing third molars and removing heavily damaged teeth. If your teeth are not impacted, we can easily extract them here in the office. If they are severely impacted or damaged, we may decide to refer you to a trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeon. To learn more about our wisdom teeth services, click here.
Once your tooth is removed, your jaw bone will begin to remodel, or change. Over time, it begins to slowly erode until it creates a hollow or a basin-shaped divot in the jaw bone. If you try to place a bridge or implant in a spot where the natural bone and gum tissue is much lower than the surrounding areas, it may not look right. Placing a tooth in an area where the bone level is very low is going to make you look really long toothed. Bone grafts can help protect the area.
Small Bone Grafts – After Dr. Hemphill extracts your damaged tooth he may preserve the bone in the area using a simple bone grafting procedure. Demineralized, sterile human bone granules, (that look like coarse sand) are packed into the tooth socket immediately after tooth extraction. The granules are covered with a protective collagen membrane. After placing the granules Dr. Hemphill with close the tooth socket with a few stitches. Over the next several weeks your bone will fill the tooth socket and preserve the bone height.
Large Bone Grafts – Patients that have been missing teeth for an extended period of time will often experience advanced bone loss. In denture wearers, for example, the lower jaw bone often recedes so badly that their dentures stop fitting properly. The jaw bone can be pencil thin in severe cases. These patients have a hard time wearing a lower denture and occasionally do not have enough jaw bone for dental implants. In these severe cases, extensive bone grafting is necessary to restore missing teeth. The procedure for large bone grafts is as follows:
- A combination of demineralized, sterile human bone and the patient’s own bone is used to build up the jaw bone.
- The patient’s bone is supplied by another part of their jaw, hip or tibia in the form of a small block.
- The block is anchored in place using specialized bone screws and sometimes plates.
- Bone granules are used to enhance the graft
- The entire site is protected with a membrane, closed tightly and left to heal for several months.
What Our Patients Say
West Hill Family Dental has been serving my entire family for 10 years. They have always been great and treat us like family. I will continue to use them because of the high level of care and comfortable atmosphere.
Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
"Going to the Dentist," isn't something most folks look forward to. Fortunately, the Team at West Hill Family Dental makes that experience an enjoyable event with a friendly, thoughtful and genuinely concerned approach to both routine care and one-off emergencies. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive; everything from scheduling to changes is accommodated with little fuss and a genuine enthusiasm to see you at the next opportunity. And the overall quality of care, execution and attention to customer needs are unmatched by most practices, and certainly by the cookie-cutter pop-ups that abound elsewhere. Highly recommended, family-oriented and very professional in every aspect of care and delivery - they're definitely on the list of recommendations to new residents and neighbors!
In the past I have had bad experiences with dentist and I have switch many times and I think I have finally found my forever home. Kim and Monica at the front desk are amazing they make sure that if you have any concerns, they will accommodate you in any way they can. They also socialize with you which makes visiting the dentist feel like visiting family. This is by far the best dentist I've ever been to and would recommend them to anyone.
Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.