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Oral Surgery

oral-surgery-lubbockIn addition to general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, Dr. Gregory provides oral surgery for tooth extractions, third molars (wisdom) teeth, and the placement of dental implants. With a gentle touch and effective anesthetic medicine, our patients enjoy a comfortable and relaxing experience with our team.

Tooth Extractions and Wisdom Tooth Removal

Sometimes extracting teeth is a necessity. For example, children often require extractions when permanent teeth begin to emerge and baby teeth have not yet fallen out. In some cases, adolescents and adults require tooth removal for orthodontic treatment to make room in the mouth so that teeth can be aligned with orthodontic appliances. Another common reason for extraction is during cases of a damaged or diseased tooth needing removal to preserve oral health and alleviate discomfort.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed because they emerge much later in life than other permanent teeth. These third molars are unnecessary to optimal oral function. When third molars begin to emerge in early adulthood, these teeth often crowd existing teeth and can threaten the alignment of teeth, and in some cases, compromise previous orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth may become impacted into the gums and can cause noticeable pain—especially headaches. Extracting wisdom teeth is important for maintaining a healthy occlusion and preserving the livelihood of permanent teeth. Our team works diligently to extract teeth as gently as possible.

Dental Implants

The closest thing available to natural teeth are dental implants. These prosthetics permanently replace an entire missing tooth. Made of a small titanium rod and an artificial, tooth-shaped crown, dental implants replace a missing tooth’s roots along with the structure of a tooth that is visible above the gum line. Placing dental implants requires surgically embedding the titanium rod into the jawbone. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable and instead treated like natural teeth. Over time, bone fuses to the implant, securing it in place. With proper placement and care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

To learn more about our oral surgery services or to schedule an appointment for tooth extractions or a dental implant consultation, contact our practice today.