About Oral Surgery

Oral Surgeons work directly with your general dentist or orthodontist in improving and maintaining your dental health. Our oral surgeons can perform specialized treatment using anesthesia for your comfort.

Oral Surgeons perform a wide range of specialized treatment for children and adults alike. Some of the procedures that we offer are:

  • Simple and complex removal of teeth, including wisdom teeth
  • Exposure of impacted teeth
  • Placement of dental Implants
  • Removal of lesions & growths in the mouth
  • Surgical orthodontics

Wisdom Teeth

Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in. Sometimes, problem wisdom teeth cause symptoms like pain and swelling. Or you may have no symptons at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage. Some of the problems wisdom teeth can create are:

  • Gum disease
  • Crowding
  • Decay
  • Poor position
  • Cysts

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for many patients who have missing teeth which are not replaced at all, or are replaced unsatisfactorily with a full or removable partial denture. Implants are also used to fill spaces or gaps for cosmetic or functional reconstruction. You and your general dentist can evaluate which is better for you, removable prosthesis or fixed implants.

To determine if you are a candidate for implants, consultation is always recommended, at which time a clinical assessment can be made. By using x-rays we can evaluate the quality and extent of the remaining bone.

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Surgical Orthodontics

In some orthodontic patients, surgery may be also involved to properly align jaws. Your orthodontist will know at your consultation if this is something that may necessary to your overall treatment plan. Orthodontic surgery normally occurs well after the patient is in active treatment. This may include repositioning one jaw or both the upper and the lower jaws.

Surgical assisted expansion of the palate is also done when orthodontics alone cannot make this correction. A consultation will answer all of your questions regarding surgical in conjunction with orthodontics.

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Exposure of Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth simply means that it is stuck or blocked and cannot erupt into function. Patients frequently develop problems with impacted third molar (wisdom) teeth. Painful infections can occur along with a host of other problems. There is rarely a functional need for wisdom teeth, and are usually extracted if problems occur.

The second most common teeth to become impacted are the cuspid (eye) teeth. These teeth are critical in the dental arch and play an important role in your bite. The timing and nature of their eruption is an important part of having a good bite & attractive smile.

Other teeth can become impacted and will normally be found by your general dentist or with an evaluation with an orthodontist. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon work together to get these impacted teeth to erupt. The most common scenario will call for the orthodontist to place braces on the teeth. A space will be opened to provide room for the impacted tooth to be moved into its proper position in the dental arch. The oral surgeon will then expose the tooth and bond an attachment to allow the orthodontist to pull it into place.

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