When to See an Oral Surgeon

Oral surgeons are specialists in the area of the face, mouth, and jaw, so when you’re facing a significant issue pertaining to one of these areas and you’d like to consult an expert, seek out an oral surgeon.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have an additional 4 years of education, training, and hospital residency after becoming a dentist in order to treat cases relating to the entire maxillofacial and oral region. 

If you want to see an oral surgeon, we suggest going to your general dentist first to receive a referral. At your dentist’s recommendation, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon in your area.

The following issues are the most common reasons patients come to see us at Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, Tampa’s top oral surgeon and one of the few surgeons in the area who prefers to work in a solo practice so that treatment can be performed in an individualized manner.

Wisdom Teeth

We see patients for concerns related to wisdom teeth. It is common for wisdom teeth to become impacted and not erupt properly through the gums which can lead to a variety of concerns, including infection, pain, swelling, and damage to nearby teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Even when wisdom teeth do erupt, overcrowding, cysts, and crooked teeth can result. There’s usually not enough room for these four additional molars to comfortably fit in your mouth, so the majority of patients opt to have them removed before they cause problems with potential complications.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth are another reason patients come to see us. We place dental implants, which is the most effective teeth replacement method that serves to prevent problems that result from tooth loss.

Implants are the closest solution to natural teeth, fully restoring both function and aesthetics. We place the implant, most often at the same time of extraction of the tooth, which serves as the root of the new tooth, in your jawbone and your dentist will attach the crown.  Implants can replace one, several, or all of your teeth.

Facial Trauma

Because our oral surgery includes emergency care and trauma in a hospital, we treat many different cases. Some of the most common types of facial trauma include soft tissue injuries, such as laceration of the face and inside the mouth, tooth injuries, broken facial bones, and fractured jaws.

Treating facial injuries is both science and art. Due to its complex structure and the critical importance of aesthetics, the skeletal structure of the face is very unique when compared to the rest of the body. Oral surgeons have an advantage when working with nearly all structures of the face thanks to a keen understanding of how all the different features work together to create your unique look. The knowledge and skills make them the best dental specialist to work with oral surgical, reconstructive and rehabilitation procedures.

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Every patient receives the highest level of attentive care in our office, whether you are being seen for wisdom teeth removal, dental implants or a facial injury. Please call us today to find out more about Dr. Valiente’s exclusive qualifications as the top oral surgeon it the Tampa FL area.