Common Questions

Q: What is an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon?

A: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are one of the most highly trained members of the dental profession.  After graduating from dental school, an oral surgeon has a minimum of four years in a hospital based surgical and anesthesia training program.  Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can provide treatment in a clinic or hospital, depending on the patient’s needs.

Q: Why would I want general Anesthesia?

A: We offer general Anesthesia to all patients but it is up to the patient to determine if they want it. Anxiety is a common factor when surgery is involved and we understand that. We want you to have the best experience possible with the best recovery time possible. General Anesthesia is offered so that you do not have to be awake for surgery and therefore you will have less anxiety about your procedure.

Q: When will I know I need my wisdom teeth out?

​A: The most common time to remove wisdom teeth is between 16 – 19 years old.  Patients in this age group have the best opportunity to heal. If you wait they may become impacted and begin to cause pain, headaches and even difficulty chewing. If you are ever in doubt or unsure if you need your wisdom teeth out give us a call or book an appointment for a consult and we can give you the best time frame possible.

Q: What symptoms would I have that indicate I need a consult for TMJ surgery?

​A: Diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures. Common Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • ​Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Limited ability to open mouth
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the joint
  • Pain when opening and closing mouth

Q: Why would I need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

​A: Conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting food, swallowing or Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Facial injury or birth defects (i.e. Open Bite, Receding Chin or Protruding Jaw, Inability to make lips meet without straining etc.)
  • Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth​