Patients of all ages visit a general dentist every six months for routine dental cleanings and exams. You may also visit this dentist for minor dental issues like cavities, chipped teeth, and gingivitis. In these cases (and many others) a general dentist is more than capable of treating the problem and restoring your mouth back to health. However, if your dentist finds an issue with your mouth, jaw, head, or neck, that requires more extensive care, he may refer you to an oral surgeon.
Oral surgeons complete advanced training after dental school to become oral surgical specialists so they have all the knowledge and training of a general dentist and more. When a general dentist and oral surgeon come together, the patient receives the best possible care. If you need any type of oral surgery, referring you do an oral surgeon is the best thing your dentist can do.
You can trust your dentist to recommend an experienced, highly qualified oral surgeon to provide the best care for your face, mouth, and jaw.
An Experienced Oral Surgeon
The thought of oral surgery can be overwhelming, but an experienced oral surgeon can make all the difference. The right oral surgeon will make sure your treatment involves the least amount of discomfort as possible.
If you live in the Grapevine, TX area, our oral surgeon is one of the most highly recommended oral surgeons. Dr. Chris Tye has over twenty years of experience and is recommended by dentists, oral surgeons, and patients!
Here’s a review from one of our most recent patients:
“Getting my tooth pulled here was seriously a breeze. The entire staff is so welcoming, comforting, and accommodating. Dr. Tye and his assistants did an awesome job, and I felt safe in their hands. Highly recommend!” -Kim J.
Your dentist should refer you to an oral surgeon for any of these procedures:
Wisdom teeth extractions are one of the most popular oral surgery procedures, but oral surgeons can remove teeth from all parts of the mouth. Your dentist and oral surgeon may recommend extraction for several reasons, including:
- Severe decay
- A crack that extends to the root
- Gum disease
- An impacted tooth
- Over crowding
Dental implants are used to replace a tooth root. The implant is a screw-like, titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone through the gums. Your dentist and oral surgeon will work together to create a precise treatment plan and use careful techniques to carry out the procedure.
For patients who need to replace a full row of teeth, the oral surgeon can also perform an All-on-4® dental implant procedure.
To place an implant or to support dentures, there must be enough jawbone density. In cases where there isn’t enough bone, an oral surgeon can use one of three bone grafting procedures to augment your bone tissue—traditional bone grafting, ridge expansion, and a sinus lift.
When the temporomandibular joint doesn’t work properly, it can lead to extreme discomfort, hard and soft tissue damage, headaches, and difficulty chewing and talking. An experienced oral surgeon will first use conservative treatments to combat the TMJ disorder, but surgical intervention may be necessary.
Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is necessary when patients have severe underbite or overbite. Most of the time, orthodontic treatment is required for a few months before the procedure. Modern techniques and dental technology have made corrective jaw surgery a viable option for millions of patients.
Contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Tye.