If your dental condition requires surgery, our skilled oral surgeon can provide the following procedures:
Wisdom Teeth (or Third Molar) Removal – Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common procedures in dentistry. Many times there is no room for these teeth and they stay buried in the gums or jaw. This can cause pain, damage the nearby teeth, and/or cyst formation. If necessary, wisdom teeth removal is recommended between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-five (25). Most patients will undergo IV anesthesia or “twilight” so they can be comfortable throughout the procedure. It usually takes less than forty-five (45) minutes and recovery can take up to a week.
Extractions – Sometimes children will have an extra tooth that does not belong, which is called a supernumerary tooth. The extra tooth can potentially cause damage to nearby teeth or be associated with a cyst. It is usually recommended to remove these teeth if there is a chance that it can cause more harm than good.
Dental Implants – It is best to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Our oral surgeon will complete the first stage by surgically placing a titanium post (like a tooth root) into the jawbone beneath the gum line. It will then allow a general dentist to mount an artificial tooth onto the titanium post. Our oral surgeon can work with any general dentist of your choice.
Oral Pathology – If there are any changes in color, texture, or shape of the lining in the mouth, or any unusual spot on a radiographic film (x-ray film), it is recommended to consult with an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon can diagnose diseases related to the mouth, teeth, jaws, or face such as: cysts, tumors, ulcerations, and cancers. A biopsy (the removal of a small sample of tissue for analysis) or surgical procedure can also be completed if necessary.
Impacted Canine Treatment – The canine teeth, like wisdom teeth can become trapped in the gums or jaw during development. Canines are important teeth and should be treated quickly to prevent cyst formation, infections, and alignment problems. To guide canine teeth into place, an exposure and bonding treatment is usually done by a joint effort with the oral surgeon and the orthodontist. The oral surgeon will surgically expose the canine tooth and attach a tiny bracket and chain. The orthodontist will gently guide the tooth into the proper place.