Our patients love the fact that we offer many oral surgery procedures under our own roof. While more complex cases will get referred to our awesome colleagues in the Rogue Valley who specialize in surgical procedures, we are able to perform about 70% of specialty services due to Dr. Kivel’s extensive training and experience in surgical procedures. Oral surgery treats a wide range of conditions, including:
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
Unequal jaw growth and malocclusion
Common Surgical Procedures in Our Office
Dental Implants: Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed where teeth are missing. The posts act as a root substitute by bonding with the jawbone. A crown-like attachment is then placed to replace the exposed part of the tooth.
Wisdom Tooth Removal: Our third molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth (because they often develop at around 18 years old or the age of “wisdom”) are often extracted to avoid oral complications. An impacted wisdom tooth (below the surface of the gum) is removed by making a small incision to open the gum tissue and remove any bone covering the tooth. Once in view, the tooth can be accessed and successfully removed.
Extractions: A tooth that cannot be retained and brought back to health with restorative or endodontic (root canal) treatment, may require extraction. The area is first numbed with local anesthesia and then removed. After removal, your replacement options are typically a bridge or dental implant.
Bone Graft: This procedure can replace or enhance bone around a tooth, usually used when a tooth is lost and the surrounding bone collapses. Bone taken from other parts of the body or a synthetic material can be used. Bone grafting allows for optimal support for placing dental implants or other prosthesis.
Your relaxation and comfort is our top priority. We know that oral surgery procedures can be anxiety producing. If you feel that fear is keeping you from making the decisions necessary for optimal dental health, please let us know. In certain situations, we may employ oral sedation to relax. Typically a form of Valium is prescribed and taken about an hour before your procedure. The pill will make you feel drowsy and peaceful, but you will remain awake.
If you have any questions about oral surgery procedures and how they might relate to your unique situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.