Oral Surgery in Fayetteville, NC
If you’re in need of a surgical procedure to restore your dental health, we invite you to consider Westlake Family Dentistry. Dr. Mike Choe is a highly skilled and experienced oral surgeon who’s committed to providing each patient with the best possible care. To schedule your consultation with our dentist and learn if oral surgery in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is right for your dental needs, please call 910-864-2944 today and speak with our friendly team.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a bone graft necessary after a tooth extraction?
A bone graft is not a requirement following an extraction procedure– however, it helps to prevent the loss of bone that normally occurs following a tooth extraction. If you’ve had a tooth extraction and plan on getting a dental implant, our oral surgeon may recommend a bone graft to ensure the success of your dental implant procedure.
The procedure becomes more complex to perform as time passes, therefore it’s typically recommended following a tooth extraction.
Is it necessary to have wisdom teeth removed?
No, not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If wisdom teeth erupt fully, are healthy, and pose no threat to surrounding teeth or other structures in the mouth, they don’t need to be removed.
If you’re unsure if your wisdom teeth are on the right track, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon, Dr. Choe, by calling (910) 864-2944. During your consultation, he’ll examine your oral health and determine if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted to prevent further complications.
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
Many patients find that their jaw and mouth simply aren’t large enough to give wisdom teeth the space they need to erupt through the gums. This is called impaction, when the wisdom tooth fails to erupt, partially erupts, or even grows at an angle so that eruption is impossible.
If left untreated, wisdom tooth impaction can cause jawbone damage, nerve damage, infection, and other side effects. The treatment for an impacted wisdom tooth is removal through oral surgery.
How do I know if I have an impacted wisdom tooth?
During your biannual checkups, Dr. Choe will perform a thorough examination, and take x-rays to look for any early signs of problem areas–including to diagnose an impacted wisdom tooth before it causes any side effects.
An impacted wisdom tooth may cause the following symptoms:
What is dry socket?
Most people associate a dry socket with wisdom tooth removal, but they can occur when any tooth is extracted. Following an extraction, a blood clot forms in the space left by the tooth to protect underlying bone and nerves.
A dry socket occurs when the clot is prematurely dislodged. This exposes both bone and nerve tissue and can lead to severe pain or infection. If you have a dry socket, contact our office by calling (910) 864-2944 and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience so you can start on your road to recovery.