Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically develop and erupt between the ages of 17-25. However, around 90% of people develop an impacted wisdom tooth since there is typically not enough room in the mouth. These impacted teeth can create infections and gum disease, damage adjacent teeth, or develop cysts or tumors in the jaws. Some widsom teeth do not need to be removed if they erupt successfully into the mouth and are functional, pain/disease free, and can be kept clean daily. For more information on managment of wisdom teeth, click on MyOMS.org above.
Dental Implants have fundamentally changed the way that we replace teeth. They have been successfully used for decades. A dental implant is a titanium screw that integrates into the jaw bone and provides a foundation for the placement of crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth. This provides a permanent replacement that functions as well as a natural tooth. Implants require healthy bone height and width for optimum placement and longevity. In some cases, bone grafting is required to augment the implant site prior to placement. We work closely with your dentist throughout the planning, treatment, and follow up care. For more information on dental implants, click on MyOMS.org above.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive hospital-based training in all aspects of general anesthesia and sedation. Our office-based anesthesia team are experts in delivery of safe, comfortable anesthetics for your procedure. We provide a full range of anesthesia services from local anesthesia to general anesthesia. Anesthiesia options for your procedure are discussed during a consultation appointment to ensure your comfort.
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Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery is used to correct developmental or acquired irregularities of the jaws. Patients may undergo this type of surgery due to an open bite, difficulty chewing or swallowing, facial asymmetry, traumatic injury, receding or protruding jaws, TMJ pain, or even sleep apnea. The surgery is done in coordination with an orthodontist and general dentist to ensure optimal results. For more information, click on MyOMS.org above.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive hospital-based training in all aspects of facial soft and hard tissue traumatic injuries. The areas involved most commonly include the orbits, nose, cheeks, and jaws. Most of these injuries are treated in the hospital setting, with rehabilitation and follow-up in the office.
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Oral and Facial Pathology
Many common disease processes involve the face and oral structures, the most dangerous of which is cancer. We treat all kinds of cysts and tumors affecting the face and jaws, and make cancer screening a routine part of our exam. We work with some of the country's premier oral and maxillofacial pathologists to achieve the best results for our patients.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Correction of sleep apnea can be a life-changing event. Many patients that suffer from this affliction reveal that it affects every aspect of their lives. Many of the same procedures for corrective jaw surgery are being used to drastically improve the quality of life for these patients. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is done in conjunction with a physician performing your sleep study, as well as an orthodontist.
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