When you think of surgery, you probably envision general anesthesia, a lengthy hospital stay, and likely a complicated
and uncomfortable recovery. Oral surgery is very different, especially in our office. Oral surgeries are generally
performed right in the dental office, and local anesthetic is sufficient to numb the area entirely. We also offer nitrous oxide to ensure that you are comfortable. With advanced technology and conservative
techniques, surgeries are performed efficiently and have minimal recovery time.
Oral surgery may be performed for many reasons, including relief from pain, correction of a defect, replacement of teeth,
or cosmetic enhancement
. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- Implants – Titanium dental implants are the premier solution for replacement of missing teeth. They are implanted
in the jawbone using a minor oral surgery, and then topped with a beautiful crown, bridge, or denture.
- Extractions – This is one of the most common oral surgeries. Impacted wisdom teeth often require extraction because
they tend to crowd or damage neighboring teeth, nerves, and other tissues. Additionally, teeth that are badly damaged
or diseased may need to be extracted.
- Biopsies and other diagnostics – Diseases such as oral cancer may be detected by a visual examination, but they
need to be confirmed by a laboratory test. A biopsy is the very simple procedure of removing a small bit of tissue
to send for testing.
- Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring – A corrective surgery may be needed to remove excess tissue that is inhibiting
the airway during sleep.
- Jaw surgery – Some types of jaw misalignment cannot be corrected by wearing braces. A surgical procedure may be
needed to correct the effects of an injury, or a defect.
- TMD – Although we favor conservative treatments for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, there are certain situations
that it does not bring long-term relief. In those cases, surgery may be considered as an option.
- Cleft palate or lip – This is among the most common birth defects, affecting about .15 percent of North American
infants. It can be repaired with a minor surgical procedure.
- Traumatic injury – Knocked out teeth and other effects of injury can cause difficulty eating and speaking, as well
as cosmetic concerns. We can help restore the appearance and functionality of oral structures.
About the procedure
All treatments in our office begin with an examination, consultation, and discussion about your options. The next
step is creating a customized treatment plan. If that plan includes oral surgery, we will take x-rays and other records
to facilitate precision planning for an efficient procedure. Local anesthetic is used, and sedation is available,
so that you remain comfortable during the surgery. Recovery time is usually minimal, though the details vary depending
on the type of procedure. You will be given complete aftercare instructions, and encouraged to call us if you have
All treatments in our office begin with an examination, consultation, and discussion about your options. MEET THE DOCTORS