Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are specialists in surgeries of the face, teeth and jaws. Some of the types of surgeries are listed on this website below. If you have questions about any of our surgical services please give our friendly staff a call to schedule an appointment so we can thoroughly evaluate your condition and discuss all of the treatment options in detail.
Wisdom Teeth & Dental ExtractionsWisdom Tooth removal:
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually develop in the mid-teenage years. Because there is often insufficient room for in the jaws to accommodate these teeth, the teeth are often times stuck in awkward positions and can have gum tissue and bone covering some or all of the teeth. This is what is referred to as impacted. The malposition of these teeth often causes future problems with infection, pain and affects on the health of the adjacent teeth. Often times your dentist will recommend removal of the wisdom teeth even when they are not painful. This is because the position of these teeth is such that you will likely have problems in the future. Addressing these issues early will prevent you from possible serious problems down the road and potential loss of functional adjacent teeth. Occasionally cysts and tumors will form around teeth that are unable to erupt, which is not uncommon for wisdom teeth. While these are usually benign lesions, they can be destructive and cause serious problems in the jaws and loss of otherwise healthy teeth. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons specialize in wisdom tooth removal and in most cases can perform these procedures while you are asleep.
Extraction of teeth:
Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are specialists in tooth removal. Often times these procedures can be performed while you are asleep under IV sedation to make you very comfortable and have a great surgical experience.
Dental ImplantsDental implants are titanium screws onto which new artificial teeth, such as crowns or bridges, can be placed, or which can help lock-in existing dentures to prevent them from moving while you eat and talk. Implants provide the same function as natural teeth. They even help prevent further deterioration of the jaw bone, which occurs when a tooth is missing. Esthetically, dental implants are ideal teeth replacements. Single implants look like natural teeth emerging from the gums. Your dentist is also able to make implant supported bridges, partials, and dentures look and feel natural, too.Dental implants are designed to be permanent replacements. However, good oral hygiene and regular dental maintenance are important to their wellbeing and longevity.Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have specialized training in the complexities of implant surgery and are the best suited to perform these procedures.
Administration of AnesthesiaOral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are specialty trained in providing IV sedation and general anesthesia. In fact, they are the only specialists recognized by the ADA that are able to able to administer IV general anesthesia in the office. As a result of their extensive training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are well prepared to appropriately administer sedation safely and manage potential complications.
Tumors and LesionsOral and Maxillofacial surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating pathologic conditions of the face and mouth. They are also capable of reconstructing the defects created upon removal of the lesion.
Bone Grafting & Gum GraftingBone Grafting:
Bone grafting is the replacement or enhancement of bone usually around teeth and implants when bone has been lost. In some implant surgeries, bone grafting may need to be completed prior to placing the implant to allow for a solid foundation to support the implants. The graft material used may be from sterilized cadaver bone or can be obtained surgically from the patient’s own jaw, hip, or leg bone depending on the type of bone defect.
Gingival (Gum) Grafting:
In some cases there are defects in the type and quality of soft tissue around teeth and implants. Our surgeons perform many different types of soft tissue repairs including gingival cosmetic plastic surgery, gingival grafting, and skin grafting to repair oral soft tissue defects.
Orthognathic (Jaw) SurgeryCorrective jaw surgery is performed to physical malformations of the facial skeleton. The following are some of the corrective jaw surgeries performed:
- Jaw advancement or set-back surgery
- Chin enhancement
- Alignment of asymmetric jaws
- Correction of skeletal malformations from craniofacial disorders