When it’s time for more in-depth dental care that requires surgery, look no further than Dr. Ray Hazen to restore and repair your smile and jawbone. Serious dental injuries or diseases can result in damage to your teeth and jaw, and we’ll work hard to ensure that any oral surgery you need proceeds smoothly and efficiently. See why patients choose us for their oral surgery procedures, and how our practice and in-office technology benefits you.
The first step in any major surgical treatment is to have your oral health evaluated, especially underneath the skin. At our practice, we utilize an iCAT 3D scanner to get a complete 360-degree view of the patient’s jaw or skull. Using these visual models, Dr. Hazen can pinpoint problem areas and see the entirety of a tooth’s structure from the crown to the nerve endings.
Using these images, Dr. Hazen can also plan your oral surgery treatment accurately. Dental implants can be tested and virtually placed, augmentations can be evaluated, and all the while Dr. Hazen can visually show our patients what the process entails.
Dental implants are artificial teeth, constructed from titanium and topped with a porcelain crown, that effectively replace a lost tooth and do more to heal the jawbone than most other tooth replacements. Once dental implants are placed, they have the same durability and natural appearance as a real tooth. In addition, they undergo osseointegration, which strengthens the surrounding jawbone and secures the implant in place. As the leading dental implant center in central Indiana, we have provided functional, beautiful implants for hundreds of patients.
The purpose of bone grafting is to restore your jawbone to its natural shape, especially when considering placement of implants or other devices. Dental implants require a certain amount of bone to undergo osseointegration, so a bone graft can help restore depleted areas and functionality.
A sinus augmentation is typically reserved for patients who need implants in their upper jaw, particularly close to the sinuses. This process entails lifting the sinus in its cavity, and adding additional bone material to the empty space. After placement, there is plenty of bone for the implant fixture to be secured in.
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that appear later in a patient’s life, around late teens or early twenties. For most patients, they lack the space in their smiles to make room for wisdom teeth. As a result, these extra teeth often grow in at unexpected angles or impact adjacent teeth. To prevent these wisdom teeth from permanently crowding your teeth, we recommend that these teeth be removed surgically.
Platelet rich plasma is a revolutionary new way to encourage bone and tissue healing more quickly. A sample of the patient’s own blood is processed to extract platelets, and form a biological “band-aid” made of plasma from these platelets. Because it’s formed from the patient’s own blood, the healing process goes much faster and with a reduced risk of infection.
We understand that dental anxiety can prevent a patient from attending their appointments or undergoing dental treatments that they need. But here at H. Ray Hazen DDS, MS we have a variety of sedation options to help you feel calm and composed before and after you enter our office. From nitrous oxide to oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, our methods are safe, painless, and allow your procedures to be completed without anxiety.
Proceeding with oral surgery is a huge step in your smile’s health. Let us help you determine what you need by consulting with Dr. Hazen at our warm and welcoming office. Whether it’s replacing a lost tooth, improving your jawbone structure, or removing wisdom teeth, you can find it all right here. We don’t just serve patients from Rochester either: we proudly serve patients from South Bend, Kokomo, and Fort Wayne, IN as well as from northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan.
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