Oral Surgery

Wisdom Tooth Removal:

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life referred to as the “age of wisdom”.

Most patients do not have room in their mouths for these additional teeth. Without adequate room for eruption these teeth may become impacted. Impacted teeth are trapped behind the existing second molars and can become infected or cause damage to the adjacent teeth.

The majority of the patients that need wisdom tooth removal are successfully treated in my practice. I provide multiple options for anesthesia and pain control and ensure your comfort. Occasionally, wisdom teeth are so impacted or reside near the underlying nerve that I will refer you to a team of trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeons I routinely work with.

General Extractions:

Occasionally, despite my best efforts to save your teeth, a tooth may be lost to untreatable decay or fracture. I remove teeth, also called extraction, only when necessary and with complete attention toward making you comfortable both during and after treatment. Some teeth are also removed prior to orthodontic treatment to create space for proper tooth alignment or to accelerate the natural eruption of permanent adult teeth.

I also offer the ability to graft the extraction sites with bone to develop or augment the area for future restorative needs such as dental implants, fixed bridges, or partial dentures.

 Tissue Biopsy and Pathology Reporting:

Occasionally you may develop growths in the mouth that require removal to avoid additional problems. The vast majority of these growths are benign (non-cancerous), however, often I may have concerns that the lesion may be precancerous or cancerous.  Anytime I remove a growth from a patient I submit the sample to an oral pathologist at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for a full analysis. I will not gamble with your health!

 

Pre-Prosthetic Surgery:

Prior to some restorative procedures like dentures, partial dentures, or dental implants I may need to create an enhanced foundation for the success of these prostheses. That may require minor surgical enhancement of the supporting tissues to provide you with the greatest restorative success.