Nature doesn’t always give us perfect mouths. Many of our patients suffered from bad or misaligned bites, jaw bone abnormalities, or malocclusion. But oral surgery has changed their lives, improved their appearances, given them more functioning and made it easier to eat.
Granted, just the term oral surgery can be a little intimidating. But there are many forms of oral surgery, each addressing a specific need, whether cosmetic or functional.
The important thing to remember is you are in good hands. Dr. Puckett is a trained and licensed oral surgeon who prioritizes comfort and safety. He is certified to provide all forms of anesthesia. We can help ensure your visit for your procedure is relaxed and predominantly pain-free. We’re known for our comfortable and gentle approach.
The most common oral surgery procedures to correct orthodontic concerns include:
- Exposure of impacted teeth – canines are most common
- Removal of erupted and impacted permanent teeth
- Removal of retained or ankylosed primary teeth
- Removal of extra or “supernumerary” teeth
- Early removal of wisdom teeth interfering with proper eruption of second molar teeth
- Surgical repositioning of improperly positioned teeth
- Temporary anchorage device (TAD) placement
In most cases, these procedures are done for patients under the age of 18. This is ideal, as the formations of the jaw are not yet set and are more malleable for treatment. However, we can treat adults as well, including patients well into their fourth or fifth decades. You may benefit from orthodontic surgery at any age, though the treatment tends to be more complicated the older you are.
Most of these procedures are needed in the patient population under the age of 18. However, with more adults in orthodontic treatment, we have also treated patients into the fourth and fifth decades to assist with the orthodontic plan.