From removal of impacted wisdom teeth to extraction of problem teeth, here’s what you need to know about oral surgery.
When you hear “oral surgery,” do you imagine a hospital and the need for general anesthesia? You might be surprised by how many in-office dental procedures are considered oral surgery, including:
Some impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, may require extraction
Other times, with the combination of oral surgery and orthodontics, impacted teeth can be safely brought into place to create the perfect smile
For orthodontic treatment, to reduce crowding and improve results
Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out (and are blocking permanent teeth from erupting)
Teeth beyond repair from injury or decay
Detection and diagnosis of oral diseases
What about oral surgeons?
An oral surgeon performs surgery and related procedures on the mouth, teeth, jaws and face to treat diseases, injuries or defects.
Oral surgeons are specialists who complete at least four years in a hospital-based surgical residency program, following dental school. These specialty residency programs are recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Here at Blue Ridge Orthodontics, our oral surgery team is highly trained to provide appropriate sedation for your comfort and well-being – including all levels of conscious sedation and intravenous sedation, as well as general anesthesia for both adults and children.
Meet Jenny Lane, DDS, MD
The BRO team welcomes Dr. Jenny Lane as our oral surgeon.
Originally from Western North Carolina, Dr. Lane graduated in 1996 from A.C. Reynolds High School. She went on to receive both undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 and 2004 respectively. After dental school, she entered a six-year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program, whereby she obtained her MD in 2007 and finished residency in 2010 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During this time, she received excellent surgical and medical training, including one year of general surgery and six months of anesthesiology.
Dr. Lane is a member of the following organizations:
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Fellow, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Member, Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Dental Association
North Carolina Dental Society
North Carolina Medical Society
Buncombe County Dental Society
What’s the Connection between Orthodontics and Oral Surgery?
Many BRO patients need oral surgery in conjunction with their orthodontic treatment. Removal of erupted or impacted wisdom teeth, impacted canines and other types of tooth extractions are common reasons to need oral surgery.
Our doctors will let you know if oral surgery is recommended for your or your child’s smile.
What Does “Impacted” Mean?
When your dentist or orthodontist says a tooth is impacted, it means that the tooth is somehow trapped and has not been able to erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth often are impacted because there’s not enough room in your mouth for them, or because they are blocked by the position of other teeth.
Though some impacted teeth pose no problems, an impacted tooth can become infected, develop cavities or cause gum disease. So oral surgery to remove an impacted tooth may be wise for your long-term health, as well as your orthodontic treatment.
Not in orthodontic treatment, but need oral surgery?
Did your dentist tell you that you need your wisdom teeth removed? Or do you need another oral surgery procedure? The BRO team is here to help.