Oral Surgery Offices in Newport Beach & Irvine CA

Dental Implants | Wisdom Teeth | Bone Grafting

Newport Oral Surgery

Welcome to Newport Oral Surgery, a practice built upon the goal of providing superior, personalized care for every patient. Our maxillofacial surgeons offer the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical services including dental extractions, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery), diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, facial pain and facial injuries (including maxillary, mandibular and tooth fractures). Our surgeons, Gary Wyatt, D.D.S., Thomas Michaelis, D.D.S., M.D., Vivian Jui, D.M.D. and Ryan Kriwanek, D.D.S., M.D. bring over 100 years of intensive surgical, medical and dental training and expertise to the practice. With two locations, one near Fashion Island, Newport Beach and the other in Irvine near Hoag Irvine, Newport Oral Surgery is proud to offer convenient service with the expertise and care that you deserve.

Dental Implants Newport Beach & Irvine CA

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Newport Beach & Irvine CA

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Wyatt, Dr. Michaelis, Dr. Jui or Dr. Kriwanek can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.

Call our Newport office at 949-760-1661 or the Irvine office at 949-727-4633 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.

Bone Grafting Newport Beach & Irvine CA

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.

Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.