Why Should I See an Oral Surgeon?

Star Image Dental Boutique and Oral Surgery is proud to take care of all your dental needs under one roof, which includes oral surgery! But why might you want to see an oral surgeon? Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the medical and surgical specialty of dentistry. Residency programs are 4-6 years of intense training after dental school, which includes anesthesia and medicine. Oral surgeons spend over 12 months on medical services, functioning as primary care, anesthesiology, plastic/neuro/general surgery, and emergency medicine residents. The remainder of the program focuses on all areas of hospital and outpatient oral surgery.

You may want to see an oral surgeon because:

  • You’re medically compromised or have dental anxiety – We’re equipped to deal with medically compromised or anxious patients using oral and intravenous anesthesia. We do an extensive preoperative evaluation to ensure proper treatment, as well as a health history review, vital signs, EKG, and physical exam prior to any treatment. We always make sure to discuss your treatment plan and options so you can make informed medical decisions.
  • You want dental implants – Dental implants have become a standard part of dental practice. Everyone wants to place them, but it’s not quite that simple. There are very few straightforward cases. When teeth disappear, the bone disappears. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Richard Urbanek, has done over 8000 implants in the last 30 years and, due to their complexity, still strives to learn new techniques and methods to provide you with more comfort. Our dental office can provide you with implant reconstructions that have fewer steps and are less traumatic, time-consuming, and costly.
  • You’re looking for an easy and comfortable solution – Basic oral surgery procedures such as third molar removals are more comfortable with an oral surgeon. We can disassemble teeth without destroying the boney housing, and the sites are grafted to enhance healing. One lower wisdom tooth removed the “traditional way” is more traumatic than the method Dr. Urbanek uses to remove all four wisdom teeth.
  • You want specialized professionals for your treatment – Our Southlake oral surgeon uses a BSN nurse to monitor all his anesthesia patients, so he can concentrate on the surgery. His nurse and head assistant have years of experience working in the hospital emergency room, so together, they can tackle any issues that may arise.
  • Your case is complex – Some patients are medically complex and require more intricate treatments. In this case, it only makes sense to want a specialized doctor to perform your treatment. You will have Dr. Urbanek’s undivided attention every step of the way. Call (817) 587-4566 to make an appointment or discuss our oral surgery options.

Types of Oral Surgery Procedures We Offer

Our dental office offers a full range of oral surgery procedures to help you get the care you need under one roof. Our complete list of oral surgery procedures we carry include:

Dental Implants – Small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jaw bone to support restorations to replace your missing teeth such as dental crowns, dentures, fixed bridges, and more. Under the right conditions, crowns/bridges can be placed immediately on the implants.

Minimally Invasive Surgery – We use a minimally invasive approach to all our surgeries, meaning we do everything possible to not harm surrounding tissue and bone during surgery. This leads to better recovery.

Pathology – Any tissue in your body can grow abnormal cells. If you have any suspicious abnormal cells in the jaw or mouth, we can perform a biopsy to determine what it is and course of action. Most growths in the mouth are benign, but some want to come back. Our exam will include a thorough look at all your tissues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal – Many adults will require the removal of up to four wisdom teeth because the mouth cannot accommodate their size. A tooth partially exposed will have periodontal disease, surrounding bone erosion, or decay. This may affect the adjacent healthy tooth.

Coronectomy – When a tooth is impacted with disease on the surface but has healthy roots, we can perform a coronectomy to remove the crown of the tooth. The roots may be fused to the bone or in contact with the nerve that goes to your lip, so this strategy makes the procedure less severe.

Grafting – When teeth disappear, the jaw bone begins to wither away. Dental implants require a certain quantity and quality of bone to bear the load on them. Bone grafting can help you regain lost bone and create a stable foundation for dental implants. Frequently, this can be done with the extraction or the dental implant, eliminating a separate surgical procedure.

Teeth In A Day – Replace your missing teeth the same day you get dental implants placed with this revolutionary procedure.

Surgical Orthodontics – Orthodontic treatment is effective. If the jaw has an incorrect shape that’s too narrow, long, or short, it can prevent the teeth from moving into their proper position. Surgical orthodontics can help the bone move along with the teeth for better results.

Tooth Extractions – When teeth become too infected or damaged for repair, or gum disease takes over, sometimes an extraction becomes necessary. We can help with all types of extractions including impacted teeth.

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Looking For An Oral Surgeon in Southlake?

If you require any of the treatments listed above or want to learn more, please contact our dental office for more information. You can schedule an appointment by calling (817) 587-4414 today.