Our specially trained professionals at Dr. Sheri Watkins know that oral surgery can be an intimidating dental procedure for a patient. That’s why we take extra strides to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
What is oral surgery?
Any procedure that involves artificially altering your mouth or jaw is considered oral surgery.
While general dentists are well qualified to perform certain types of oral surgery, there are more complex procedures that only oral surgeons can undertake. They have gone through four to eight additional years of training after dental school to specialize in oral surgery.
What are some types of oral surgery procedures?
Dentists are well equipped to remove many types of teeth. Tooth extractions that are more complicated – like ones involving impacted wisdom teeth – require the expertise of an oral surgeon. Extractions are very common and can be done with general or local anesthesia.
Dr. Sheri Watkins uses the most modern techniques to ensure that tooth extractions are done as safely and comfortably as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Many people don’t have enough space in their mouths for their third molars. Since these teeth do not emerge until later in life – generally between the ages of 17 and 25 – they are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth.
It is best to pay attention early on to wisdom teeth to ensure they do not cause overcrowding or pain. Diagnostic radiography – like taking images with X-rays – along with regular dental visits can help keep track of the movement of wisdom teeth to determine if they need to be removed.
After over 26 years of removing wisdom teeth, you can be confident that Dr. Sheri Watkins will pay close attention to your jaw and dental movement. We like to maintain active conversations with our patients regarding the steps that can be taken to ensure their smiles look great, perform optimally, and remain healthy.
Though a dentist or prosthodontist can attach a replacement tooth, an oral surgeon may first need to place the artificial root of the dental implant.
We pride ourselves on making our patients as comfortable and pain free as possible. In fact, many patients experience either no or very little pain during and after the procedure.
If you are considering having dental implants placed, our friendly dental professionals at Dr. Sheri Watkins are here to review the process and options with you.
When other treatments do not produce the desired results, orthognathic surgery may be required. This type of surgery involves correcting problems with the jaw and face. Some issues that may be treated with orthognathic surgery include sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, and orthodontic problems.
Dr. Sheri Watkins works closely with orthodontists and other dental professionals in LaBelle, Immokalee, Lehigh Acres, and surrounding areas to deliver you the best orthognathic services possible.
After an accident, facial reconstruction may be needed to restore form and function. An oral surgeon may also perform facial reconstruction after the removal of certain tissues or teeth.
Depending on the situation, this type of procedure, and others, may be covered by your insurance carrier. Dr. Sheri Watkins accepts most PPOs In Network with Cigna, Assurance, Etna Extend and a Delta Dental Premiere Provider and is glad to review possible payment options.
Oral Tissue Abnormality Treatment
Oral surgeons are needed to remove a variety of oral tissue abnormalities including benign cysts, tumors, and cancerous growths.
Though during your regular dental appointment the dentist will perform a thorough inspection to determine if any abnormal oral tissue is present, it is important that you mention any issues that you may have been experiencing. A variety of oral tissue problems can be signs of more serious issues that may need to be addressed by an oral surgeon.
If abnormalities are detected the dentist may recommend taking a biopsy of the tissue. An oral surgeon may remove some or all of the tissue in question and have it tested to better diagnose the issue.
Proper personal oral care and regular dental appointments are a great way to detect and address many oral tissue abnormalities early on. By visiting Dr. Sheri Watkins regularly we can establish historical records of your oral tissue to help us recognize abnormal changes as they occur.
How will it feel?
Dr. Sheri Watkins provides a wide range of anesthetic options depending on the patient and type of procedure being performed.
Our patients are made as comfortable as possible with local anesthesia and sedation. We also provide general anesthesia when it is best for the patient to be unconscious during the procedure.
The safety and comfort of our patients is our highest priority. All options will be discussed in detail prior to treatment to make sure you are as pain free and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure and during recovery.
How do I know if I need oral surgery?
The best way to determine if you need to have any oral surgical procedures done is to make an appointment with a dentist.
A typical dental visit includes a visual examination of your mouth and jaw in which the dentist may be able to determine if oral surgery is needed. X-ray imaging may also be done to inspect potential problems that are not visible on the surface.
After over 26 years Dr. Sheri Watkins has taken care of patients with all degrees of oral surgery needs ranging from simple and routine to complex and challenging.
Call us at 863-674-0799 to schedule a dental appointment to determine if oral surgery is right for you.