FAQs

Many of our patients have questions, which we encourage. We are happy to answer your question and discuss any of your concerns. Listed below are several of the common questions we typically receive from patients, along with our answers. If your specific question does not appear, please call us.

What does an oral maxillofacial surgeon do?
An oral surgeon is a specialized dentist that diagnoses and performs surgery on hard and soft tissue in the mouth, face, and jaw. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has extensive training. In addition to completing dental school, an aspiring surgeon must complete an intense four-year in-hospital residency program. An oral maxillofacial surgeon has the clinical expertise to handle the most complex oral surgery cases.
Why should I use a dental specialist instead of my regular dentist?
Even though many general dentists perform certain types of oral surgery in their office, an oral maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to perform surgery for cases ranging from routine to complex. In many cases, a general dentist will refer patients to an oral surgeon due to the surgeon’s extensive specialized experience and ability to serve patients of all ages and with all types of unique circumstances.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for missing teeth. They feel and function like natural teeth. Once in place, it’s practically impossible for others to notice that dental implants are not real. Dental implants are durable and allow you to chew, talk, and smile as you would with regular teeth. Dental implants are a highly recommended tooth replacement option for people who have missing teeth, don’t want to wear dentures, and want a tooth replacement option that is permanent and will last many years.
Will my surgery be painful?
Oral surgery is not painful. During your procedure, we make sure you are comfortable, numb, or sedated, so you don’t feel a thing. Before your surgery, we will discuss your sedation options and make a selection based on your specific situation. Please talk with us if you have fear or anxiety in the days before your scheduled surgery. We go above and beyond to make sure you’re stress-free and relaxed.
What type of sedation do you offer?
To help you feel calm and comfortable during your surgery, we offer several sedation options including nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. We will discuss these choices during your initial consultation and help you make the best selection based on your medical history and your personalized treatment plan. A licensed anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia for selective cases.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Many people have wisdom teeth, but not everyone has four of them. If one, two, three, or four wisdom teeth show on your dental x-rays, your dentist might recommend that you have them removed. We recommend removal when there is no room in your mouth for the extra teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth cause pain, they can become infected, or they can irritate your gums. Other problems are also possible. Please schedule an appointment for a wisdom teeth removal consultation.
Will I be in pain following my surgery?
While the surgery itself will not be painful because of anesthesia or sedation, recovering from oral surgery can be uncomfortable for a short period. If your surgery warrants, the doctor will give you a prescription for an appropriate amount of pain medication to take in the days following your procedure.
Does your office accept medical and dental insurance?
Our office accepts several medical and dental insurance plans. Please call our front office team to ask questions about your dental insurance benefits. We are happy to verify coverage and provide you with an estimate of your out-of-pocket financial responsibility before we schedule your surgery.
What if I don’t have dental insurance?
We serve patients that do not have dental insurance. We offer payment programs for patients who qualify. Also, we are affiliated with CareCredit®, a third-party credit company that allows you to finance a variety of healthcare, dental care, and other related expenses that are not covered by insurance or for patients without insurance.