Vestibular Surgery Columbus, OH
Vestibular surgery is performed as part of a broader treatment plan and involves surgically modifying the oral cavity, either through extensive tissue rearrangement or by changing the gingival-mucous membrane. This procedure is sometimes necessary due to the loss of bone tissue and the tissues and membranes covering that bone that naturally occur after a tooth has become extracted or falls out.
Vestibular surgery is common if you are getting traditional dentures or implants. The procedure often involves increasing the width and height of the gum region. The factors that will determine the extent of the procedure include the size of the area in need of reconstruction and how much bone loss has occurred. Vestibular extension repair extends from the inside of the cheeks to the outside of the teeth.
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of vestibular surgery for you.
Vestibular Surgery Consultation and the Procedure
An initial consultation will be necessary to determine whether vestibular surgery is necessary and whether dental implants or dentures are the best treatment option for you. If it is determined that the procedure is beneficial, we will discuss what you can expect from the procedure and answer any questions, after which a follow up appointment will be scheduled.
The procedural steps of the vestibular surgery procedure will largely depend on how much correction is necessary and it may be performed with either a surgical scalpel or a dental laser. Before beginning your vestibular surgical procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you experience minimal discomfort, along with dental sedation if required. We can offer several different dental sedation options, including oral and IV sedation to make sure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. There is usually minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Once you are comfortable and sufficiently numbed, the procedure will begin. There are several different techniques in performing this procedure, but most often incisions are made to separate the muscle attachments and connective tissue at the base of where the gums and cheeks meet to deepen the area, after which the cheek is sutured into place. If the primary issue is tissue shrinkage, grafted tissue may be used to strengthen and build up the gums in the area to support the denture plate or implant. If the loss of bone is substantial, a bone graft or synthetic device may be used.
If the procedure is being performed as part of a treatment plan for dentures, the appliance will either be made before the surgery or after you have completed the healing process based on the amount of correction. In some cases, the dentures may be placed after the stitches are removed.
Aftercare Following Vestibular Surgery
We will provide you with post-operative instructions following your vestibular procedure. To avoid developing complications and to ensure a fast recovery process, it is essential that you follow these instructions.
Following your procedure, you might experience some mild to moderate discomfort. A prescription pain medication may be given, which should be taken as prescribed; or pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medications. You may also be given antibiotics, which should be taken as directed until the prescription runs out. Moderate swelling may occur, which can be managed with ice packs. You will also need to follow a modified diet following the procedure. The length of time on this diet will vary depending on the severity of your case, but you can usually plan on starting with a liquid diet, progressing to soft foods like soup, eggs, or Jell-O, and begin to slowly reintroducing harder foods as your healing progresses.
If sutures are used, you will need to return within 10-14 days to have them removed. You should be completely healed from the vestibular procedure within 4-6 weeks, after which the dentures or implants can be placed.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
The Cost of Your Vestibular Surgery
The cost of your vestibular surgery will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.