Sometimes more serious dental procedures require oral surgery to remove damaged teeth, correct a misaligned bite, or prepare for an implant. Dr. Michael Bass and Dr. Rob Watson strive to provide the best care possible for your oral surgery needs.
Removing a tooth(extraction) is never something people look forward to, but it is sometimes the best option and unavoidable. We find that people are most concerned about whether it will hurt to take out the tooth and how it will feel afterwards. Dr. Bass and Dr. Watson are very good at comfortably removing teeth and providing instructions and care to optimize your healing afterwards. They will ensure that you are completely numb before performing the procedure and if you are nervous, you may want to see our sedation options.
If you are looking to get a dental implant, Dr. Michael Bass or Dr. Rob Watson will do an evaluation to determine the amount of available bone space for the implant site. Bone grafts or processed bone can be used to build up the area near the implant site. If an implant will not be used immediately to replace a tooth on the day of the extraction, processed bone can be placed in the extraction site to preserve the bone and keep it from shrinking away while waiting for a future implant. Dr. Bass or Dr. Watson can use growth factors centrifuged from your own blood to optimize healing and results.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The most common oral surgery patients have is wisdom teeth removal procedures. The third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They typically appear between the ages of 16 and 25. They are located in the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom. In most cases, there is not enough space in the mouth for these teeth to come in properly. The wisdom teeth may be “impacted” or stuck in an incorrect position. If left untreated impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections, cysts, or damage to other teeth. Most of these can be removed right here in our office.
During regular dental checkups, Dr. Michael Bass or Dr. Rob Watson will evaluate if your wisdom teeth need to be removed by a panoramic x-ray. Using this x-ray, he will see if your wisdom teeth are impacted or damaging the nearby teeth. It is recommended that patients get their wisdom teeth removed while they are young before the roots have fully formed or have grown near the nerves.