Oral Surgery

Alpha Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentists & Periodontists located in Lake Worth, FL

A dentist can fix a number of oral issues, but certain conditions, such as removal of wisdom teeth or corrective jaw surgery, require an oral surgeon. If you’re in need of specialized oral treatment, the team at Alpha Dental offer oral surgery at their Lake Worth, Florida, office. If you’d like to learn more about the team at Alpha Dental, call the office or book an appointment online.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is an oral surgeon?

An oral surgeon is a surgical specialist trained to perform surgery on the hard and soft tissue of your head, neck, jaw, and face. Oral surgeons are one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, or ADA.

Many dentists refer you to another office when you need oral surgery. As a full-service dental practice, the team at Alpha Dental can meet all your oral health needs in one office, including your surgical needs.

How is an oral surgeon different from a dentist?

An oral surgeon is a dentist who has received additional surgical training. After dental school, the surgeon spends a minimum of four years in an ADA-accredited hospital, training alongside surgical, medical, and anesthesiology residents to learn the skills necessary to perform oral and facial surgery.

The training focuses on the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, face, and jaw. During residency, the oral surgeon spends time with otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists), plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and emergency room doctors.

The additional training gives the oral surgeons at Alpha Dental the ability to diagnose and treat any disease, injury, or defect that affects your head, face, or mouth.

What types of conditions does an oral surgeon treat?

The oral surgeons at Alpha Dental have the ability to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Cleft Palate: correct the opening in the lip or palate to improve eating and speech
  • Facial trauma: treatment of fractures of the jaw, eye socket, cheek, or palate
  • Temporomandibular jaw: arthroscopy or repair of the temporomandibular joint to improve movement of the joint
  • Oral cancer: removal of lesion for biopsy

The oral surgeons at Alpha Dental also conduct corrective jaw surgery to improve any dental irregularities, placement of dental implants, and removal of impacted wisdom teeth. They can also drain and treat oral or facial infections, as well as provide surgical relief for snoring or sleep apnea when conservative treatment fails.

The oral surgeons at Alpha Dental are also trained to manage your anesthesia during surgical procedures.

Whether it’s an emergency facial fracture or you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, the oral surgeons at Alpha Dental can meet your needs. Call today, or book an appointment using the online booking agent.