Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, our doctor manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Board certified Oral Surgeon Dr. Ernesto Valiente practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Click here to find out more about dental implants.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. Click here to find out more about Bone Grafting.
Third molars or “wisdom teeth” are typically the last teeth to develop. They are located in the back of the mouth behind the second (twelve year) molars. Wisdom teeth commonly do not have enough room to properly erupt into the mouth where they can be functional and cleansable. Wisdom teeth that are not able to fully erupt can cause problems such as: pain, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, cysts, and crowding of teeth. Click here to find out more about wisdom teeth.