Surgical Services

Dr. Lovejoy does the majority of the surgical cases in our office. To appropriately prepare for your surgery we will schedule a separate consultation prior to your oral surgery appointment. At this consultation we will outline what to expect during the procedure as well as provide ample opportunity for you to ask the doctor questions.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from the gum line, and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but more often than not, they fail to emerge and become impacted. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections and even gum disease.

Implants

Dental implants are long-term replacements for missing teeth that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, dental implants never slip and never decay. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

Oral cancer

It is recommend that everyone perform an oral cancer self-exam each month. If you notice white or red patches, an abnormal lump, chronic sore throat or hoarseness or difficulty chewing or swallowing, you should contact your dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They can remove a section of tissue to perform a biopsy and accurately diagnose the problem.

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