Procedures We Perform
These are the common procedures our doctors provide our patients. For more detailed information and procedure videos, please visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are generally the last to erupt and often there is inadequate space. Wisdom teeth are prone to decay, periodontal bone loss, cyst formation and damage to adjacent teeth. Risks associated with extractions increases as we age, therefore an examination to evaluate the status of wisdom teeth should occur as a teen or young adult. A consultation, x-ray and exam will determine if removal is necessary. Treatment plans including anesthetic options, will be then be outlined for each patient.
Replacement of damaged or missing teeth with dental implants is an advanced and highly reliable treatment. Implants are integrated into the jaw and once healed, used to support crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and dentures. A consultation will determine the best course for each patient.
After the loss of teeth, the surrounding bone may deteriorate. As a result, placement of dental implants or prosthetics can be difficult. Our doctors are able to assess and determine a specific course of action to minimize bone loss and reconstruct bone and the surrounding soft tissue.
There are a number of oral lesions that occur in the mouth and maxillofacial areas that require surgery to remove. Often a simple biopsy can determine a diagnosis and course of action for these lesions. Our doctors work with local pathologists to diagnose and treat these lesions.
Our doctors are highly trained in managing facial trauma. Advanced training in fractures of the jaws and facial bones, lacerations, and dental injuries along with comprehensive board certifications, qualify our doctors to handle the most difficult oral and maxillofacial cases. Our doctors are on staff at several local hospitals.
Occasionally, teeth become impacted or “stuck” in the jawbone. A simple procedure to uncover impacted teeth can be performed. Our doctors will design treatments to expose and direct the tooth into the proper place. Often orthodontics is needed to assist with this process.
ORTHOGNATHIC (Jaw) Surgery
Our doctors treat conditions in which the upper and lower jaws are not aligned. Braces can reposition teeth, but in some cases, surgery is required to re-align jaw and facial bone structure. Our doctors work closely with orthodontists and general dentists to provide surgical and post-operative management to correct even the most difficult cases.
We require a comprehensive consultation to determine the safety and most effective anesthesia options. Procedures can be performed under a local anesthetic (numbing), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), conscious sedation, or a general anesthetic.