Oral Surgery

M.BassDentistry-OralMaxilloFacialSurgerySometimes more serious dental procedures require oral surgery to remove damaged teeth, correct a misaligned bite, or prepare for an implant. Dr. Michael Bass strives to provide the best care possible for your oral surgery needs. Below is a list of some of the more common procedures that Dr. Bass performs:

Bone Augmentation

If you are looking to get a dental implant, Dr. Michael Bass will do an evaluation to determine the amount of available bone space for the implant site. Bone grafts or processed bone can be used to build up the area near the implant site.  If an implant will not be used immediately to replace a tooth on the day of the extraction, processed bone can be placed in the extraction site to preserve the bone and keep it from shrinking away while waiting for a future implant.  Dr. Bass can use growth factors centrifuged from your own blood to optimize healing and results.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The most common oral surgery patients have is wisdom teeth removal procedures. The third molars commonly known as wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They typically appear between the ages of  17 and 26. They are located in the back of the mouth on the top and bottom.  In most cases, there is not enough space in the mouth for these teeth to come in properly. The wisdom teeth may be “impacted” or stuck in an incorrect position. If left untreated impacted wisdom teeth can cause infections, cysts, or damage to other teeth.

During regular dental checkups, Dr. Michael Bass will evaluate if your wisdom teeth need to be removed by a panoramic x-ray. Using this x-ray, he will see if your wisdom teeth are impacted or damaging the nearby teeth. It is recommended that patients get their wisdom teeth removed while they are young before the roots have fully formed or grow near the nerves.