Oral Surgery In Southlake
At Huckabee Dental, we’re proud to work with Dr. Tom Draper, who is a board certified Oral Surgeon and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Draper is able to complete oral surgery procedures for many of our patients in the comfort of our Southlake dental practice.
Gum disease can cause the jawbone to become too weak to support a dental implant. In cases like this, Dr. Draper will often recommend bone grafting (also known as natural bone regeneration) to promote healthy bone growth and thicken a patient’s jawbone. Over time, the jawbone will naturally regenerate and become strong enough to support a dental implant.
When a tooth is too badly decayed to save, Dr. Draper will likely perform an extraction. An extraction may also be recommended if the tooth is severely fractured or is crowding other healthy teeth.
A tooth extraction is an oral surgery procedure that requires numbing, and in some cases patients will need to be fully sedated. The surrounding tissue and bone will have to be removed to expose the tooth, which can then be extracted. Self-dissolving stitches are usually used, which will eventually break down and seal up the socket that has been left behind by the extracted tooth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located in the back of a patient’s mouth, behind the rest of their molars. Most patients develop four wisdom teeth (two each on the upper and lower arches), but some patients develop fewer, or even none at all.
Some wisdom teeth erupt cleanly from the gums if they have enough room and are aligned with the rest of the molars. However, wisdom teeth often erupt at odd angles, or cannot fully push through a patient’s gums dye spacing issues or other complications. These are called impacted wisdom teeth, and they can cause serious and painful oral health issues.
At Huckabee Dental, we recommend our patients have their wisdom teeth removal surgery during the late teenage years or early 20s, when root formation of the wisdom teeth is still incomplete. These immature wisdom teeth are smaller, and the jawbone is less dense, so oral surgery is potentially less painful. If your wisdom teeth have not started to erupt, Dr. Draper and our team at Huckabee Dental will use x-ray imaging to locate and evaluate them.
If you are a candidate for wisdom teeth removal, you can choose to receive laughing gas, oral sedation, or IV sedation during your oral surgery. These sedation dentistry treatments help patients fully relax during oral surgery.
At Huckabee Dental, we are committed to making sure you get the high quality sedation dentistry care you need in a comfortable and gentle environment.