oral surgery in chicago

What Types Of Oral Surgery Do You Perform?

At Gleam Dental Studio, Dr. Jeffery Korkus can perform a wide variety of different oral surgeries. Our specialty is alveoloplasty, but we also offer treatments such as tooth extractions and wisdom tooth extractions. We can also work with local oral surgeons to refer more complex cases and ensure you get the specialized treatment you need to restore your oral health. Contact us now for an appointment, and find out if this treatment is right for you.

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Dental sedation was first popularized in the late 1800s, when nitrous oxide was used to sedate patients undergoing tooth extractions.

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How It Works: The Oral Surgery Process

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Comprehensive consultation

First, you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Korkus. At this consultation, Dr. Korkus will discuss your oral health, examine your mouth, help you decide if oral surgery is necessary for your case, and schedule your surgical appointment. We practice conservative dentistry at Glean Dental Studio, so we will not recommend invasive oral surgery unless it is the best option for your unique needs.

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Preparing your mouth

To begin the process, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed to prevent any sensations of pain or discomfort during your surgery. We also offer sedation options to help you rest, relax, or even sleep through your oral surgery in Chicago.

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Performing oral surgery

The specifics of your surgery will depend on the exact procedure being performed, and will be discussed with you before your treatment begins. Dr. Korkus uses the latest tools and surgical techniques to ensure the best outcome for your procedure.

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Recovery & follow-ups

Initial recovery from most types of oral surgery will take 1-2 weeks, though this may vary depending on your situation. During this time, you will need to follow a set of comprehensive recovery instructions, and you will likely need to come back to Gleam Dental Studio for at least one follow-up appointment to ensure your mouth is healing properly.

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What Is An Alveoloplasty?

Alveoloplasty is also sometimes called “bone ridge smoothing.” This procedure is usually done alongside tooth extraction, though it may sometimes be done in a separate appointment. Alveoloplasty is used to reduce the prominence and sharpness of the bony ridges that often remain after a tooth is extracted.

This is often necessary before a tooth replacement procedure can begin, such as the placement of a dental implant, or the fitting of a set of dentures. This is because these prominent, bony ridges can interfere with the fit of the new false tooth. Smoothing out the jaw helps prevent complications and ensures the new tooth fits comfortably in the area.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Oral Surgery?

After oral surgery, it’s common to experience symptoms like pain, discomfort, bruising, and bleeding. These usually peak after 1-2 days, and then begin to fade over time. After about a week, patients may be able to resume eating solid food, and complete recovery typically takes up to 2 weeks.

Each type of oral surgery is slightly different, though. After your treatment, Dr. Korkus will give you specialized instructions that you’ll need to follow in order to speed up the recovery process and keep your mouth healthy after your surgery. You will need to follow these to the letter to avoid complications.

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Over 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign does not hurt as much as traditional braces, since it tends to shift your teeth more gradually. However, it will still cause some discomfort, particularly when you switch to a new set of aligners. 

This will usually fade after 1-2 days. There are a few things you can do to help with this discomfort, including taking over-the-counter medicine, putting in new aligners before you sleep, and drinking ice water.

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Can I Eat Or Drink While Wearing Invisalign?

The only thing you should consume while wearing your Invisalign aligners is tap water or bottled water. You should not drink cola, seltzer, coffee, tea, juice, or any other beverage while wearing your aligners. This is because these beverages can stain your aligners. In addition, drinking sugary beverages while wearing aligners can lead to a higher risk of cavities.

You also should never chew or eat anything, including gum, while wearing Invisalign. This is because chewing can damage and warp your aligners, and cause complications with your treatment. Always remove your aligners and store them safely when eating.

Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

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This depends on your oral health and the extent of your orthodontic problems. Invisalign is a powerful way to straighten your teeth, but it’s not quite as versatile as traditional metal braces. If you have very extensive issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign may not be a good choice for you. 

To find out if Invisalign will work for you and see if you’re a good candidate, we recommend contacting Gleam Dental Studio for a consultation with Dr. Jeffery Korkus.

Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?

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No. Invisalign will not affect your ability to speak at all. You’ll be able to speak clearly and sound normal and natural while wearing your aligners.

However, when you first put in your Invisalign aligners, you may find that you sound a bit “slushy” when you speak. This is because your mouth is still adjusting to the aligners, and is creating extra saliva because it detects a foreign object in your mouth. Over the next few days, your mouth will get used to the aligners, and this issue will go away. 

Does Invisalign Require Me To Observe Dietary Restrictions?

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No. Unlike metal braces, which require you to avoid certain foods like popcorn, chips, and gummy candies, Invisalign does not require you to observe any dietary restrictions. You can eat whatever you want while wearing Invisalign, which makes it much more convenient.

How Often Do I Need To See The Dentist With Invisalign?

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Usually, Dr. Korkus will schedule a check-up every 4-6 weeks, but this may vary, depending on how many sets of Invisalign aligners he provides you with at each consultation. 

Each checkup takes only about 15 minutes at Gleam Dental Studio. Dr. Korkus will check your bite and your teeth alignment to make sure your treatment is progressing properly, then he’ll give you the next several sets of Invisalign aligners for your treatment, as well as instructions on when to switch to a new set. Then, you’ll be sent home. It’s that simple.

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Alveoloplasty is typically done alongside a tooth extraction.

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