Frequently Asked Questions  

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Frequently Asked Questions  


f you are curious about our services or have questions about dental health treatments, chances are our other patients have asked the same thing! We invite you to read through our frequently asked questions to gain some insight into the treatments you might need. If we didn’t answer your question here, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help!  


How do I know if I have a dental emergency? 

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. If you’ve suffered facial trauma that caused damage to your teeth or jaw, or have severe pain resulting from an infection, you should call our office right away. Common signs of dental emergencies include loss of teeth, strong pain, bleeding, and loose teeth.  

Do you accommodate people with disabilities?  

Our practice is designed to accommodate our patients with disabilities. The office's handicap-accessible amenities include convenient ramps to enter the office from the parking lot, wide walkways, automated doors, entryways with a width of 32” and greater, and wheelchair-accessible treatment areas. Our staff is also available to read documents aloud, and we have braille signs in the waiting areas and all restrooms.  

Why choose an oral surgeon and not a general dentist?  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo specialized training, equipping them to treat a wide range of conditions affecting the teeth, jaws, neck, and face. Although general dentists are trained to perform a wide range of treatments, more complex surgeries require a specialist. Beyond the training, oral surgeons are also equipped with specialized tools and equipment not available in many dental offices.  

How does a referral to us from your general dentist benefit you? 

Although your dentist can address most basic oral health concerns, there are certain issues that require specialized training. Our colleagues refer to us because they trust our skill and understand that thanks to our training, we can give you the dental health results you truly need. A referral to us shows confidence and trust, so our goal is to ensure that the outcome is worthy of that faith.  


  How does a wisdom tooth removal work? 

The process involves a comprehensive exam before we can schedule an appointment to perform the surgery. During the initial exam, we will discuss the treatment plan and payment options. 

What is a dental implant? 

Dental implants are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. The implant itself is a metal titanium post that is inserted into the area of the missing tooth. Atop the implant, we place an abutment that holds a dental crown – the visible part of the implant which will serve as your new tooth. 

Do you offer sedation options? 

Yes! For complex procedures or patients suffering from dental anxiety, we have several sedation options available, including anesthesia and deep sleep sedation.  

What is bone grafting? 

Bone grafting is a procedure used to reinforce areas where your natural bone structures in the jaw are either missing or have deteriorated. Bone grafts are used to prevent further bone loss or to create a stable platform to complete surgical procedures like dental implants.  

What is a sinus lift? 

A sinus lift is another common form of bone grafting used in the upper jaw. This procedure is typically performed to restore bone beneath the maxillary sinus without damaging the sinus itself. Sinus lifts enable us to successfully complete implant placements.  

What are jaw surgeries used to resolve?  

  • Correcting protruding and recessed jaws 
  • Treat asymmetric chins 
  • Speech difficulties 
  • Headaches and neck pain 
  • Open bites 

What are the common causes of facial trauma? 

Facial trauma can be the result of several factors. Most commonly, facial trauma is caused by accidents, sports injuries, violence, or workplace accidents. Treating these types of injuries often requires a multi-procedure approach and the skilled hands of a maxillofacial surgeon.  

What is oral pathology? 

Oral pathology is a dental health specialty concerned with treating diseases and conditions of the mouth and jaw. Oral pathologists are trained to diagnose and offer treatment for several conditions, many of which a general dentist cannot address. 

What are alarming symptoms that I should consult with a dentist about?  

  • Numbness of the face, mouth, or lips 
  • Sudden and unexplained pain in the jaw or teeth 
  • Facial swelling  
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing  
  • Recurring sore throat or hoarseness  
  • White patches on your cheeks, tongue, or gums 
  • Red spots or patches  


We accept most major credit cards and offer various affordable financing options. If you want to learn more, visit our Financial Options page. 

Why an oral surgeon vs. dentist?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training to treat a variety of conditions affecting the head, neck, face, mouth, and jaws. Although a general dentist may perform simple tooth extractions -- more complex surgeries, such as removing wisdom teeth, are what we are specifically trained to do. Plus, we have advanced equipment to make procedures more affordable, and significantly more comfortable, for you to have the best overall experience.


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