Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery is defined as procedures, which involve repair or removal of the teeth and supporting structures. Commonly performed procedures include extractions, trauma, implants, and esthetic surgery.

General dentists routinely care for extractions and minor surgical procedures. Difficult cases, such as impacted wisdom teeth, esthetic surgeries, and implants may be referred to an oral surgeon. Considerations following oral surgery include pain, swelling, bleeding, and infections. The dentist or oral surgeon will give written and verbal postoperative instructions following treatment. Post-operative care includes gauze pressure, ice pack, and pain medications.

Patients should verify insurance coverage with their dental and medical carriers prior to treatment. Insurance staff will give assistance but it is the patient’s responsibility to verify coverage.

Oral Surgical Services

Extraction - Deciduous Tooth

Removal of a baby tooth.

Extraction - Erupted Tooth / Exposed Root

Includes routine removal of tooth structure, minor smoothing of socket bone, and closure as necessary.

Removal of Impacted Tooth

Services include soft tissue, partially bony, and completely bony areas; I.V. sedation often recommended for this procedure.

Impacted Tooth Device Placement

Placement of an orthodontic bracket, band, or other device on an unerupted tooth, after its exposure to aid in its eruption. This will normally be recommended by an orthodontist if a tooth has not erupted normally.

Alveoloplasty

Bone smoothing usually concurrent with extractions prior to denture placement.

Vestibuloplasty

Any of a series of surgical procedures designed to increase relative height of the bone and gums prior to tooth replacement.

Treatment of Fractures - Simple

Teeth may be wired, banded, or splinted together to prevent movement.

Reduction of Dislocation and Management of Other Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions

Normally treatment consists of splint devices fabricated by the dentist.

Repair of Traumatic Wounds

Suturing of small wounds less than 5 cm. in length.

Frenulectomy

Small bands of tissue extending from the lips and cheeks to the gums and also attaching tongue to floor of mouth. The frenum may be excised when the tongue has limited mobility; for large diastemas between teeth; or when the frenum interferes with a denture placement; or when it is the cause of periodontal tissue disease.