Oral surgery varies from a minor procedure such as a small gingival growth removal or tooth extraction to a complicated jaw fracture or mandibulectomy.
Jaw fractures are often seen as a traumatic outcome from a dog fight or hit by car, but can also be seen with advanced periodontal disease or cancer. Our goal with jaw fracture repair is minimally invasive stabilization allowing the patient to be more comfortable and functional prior to leaving the clinic. Each fracture presents unique challenges and multiple techniques are employed to achieve our goals.
Oral cancer surgery usually provides the best chance for a cure and is considered the first line of defense before radiation and chemotherapy, but can also be used in addition to these treatments as well. There are many tumors of tooth origin, and even if they are not malignant, an appropriate surgical resection of tumor, affected bone, and involved teeth are required to be curative.
Malignant oral tumors are also commonly seen, and surgical removal is still the best option for treatment. A smaller oral tumor requires relatively smaller surgical margins, therefore any growth in the mouth should be evaluated and treated quickly.