We see all kinds of smiles here at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates – and sometimes those smiles need surgery to get as healthy as they should be. Sometimes decay or periodontal disease has progressed too far to save a tooth. In other cases, teeth may be impacted, gums may need to be treated, or implants placed. That’s when oral surgery comes into play.
If you have concerns about your oral surgery, we can help. Our sedation options help you relax and rest through the procedure with our IV, oral or Nitrous Oxide sedation dentistry options.
Whatever your oral surgery needs are, we promise to listen carefully, talk openly, and keep you comfortable.
- Wisdom Teeth Extractions
- Oral Lesions
- Oral Cancer Diagnosis
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth – almost everyone gets them. But in spite of their compelling name, very few people actually want them. Named for the time of life they come in – our late teens or early 20s – these particular molars can cause problems such as coming in unevenly, partially, or not at all. When this happens, they are called fully or partially impacted wisdom teeth.
Most of the time, the ideal solution to the impaction or crowding caused by wisdom teeth is to extract them. The dental surgeons at Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates can gently and safely extract wisdom teeth for teens and adults, no matter how impacted they are.
If you or your child experience any pain or soreness, please call us to schedule a visit as soon as possible. Even if your wisdom teeth come in, they can be a challenge to care for and are prone to cavities. Regular dental care visits can help us determine if there are any potential problems with your wisdom teeth and if extractions are necessary.
Oral lesions, or sores in your mouth, are usually minor irritations that only last a week or two and can be treated at home. There are countless causes of lesions in the mouth and throat including biting your tongue, cheek, or lip; an irritation from a sharp object; burning your mouth; an infection with the herpes simplex virus, or oral cancer.
If a sore in your mouth seems unusually painful, making it difficult to eat, drink, swallow, talk, or breathe, or if the sore lasts more than a week or two, please give us a call. We can treat most lesions such as canker sores or herpes simplex with a laser for rapid healing and relief.
In most cases mouth sores have few long-term effects, but if we suspect that your lesion is from oral cancer, we may will take a biopsy and send you to a specialist.
Oral Cancer Diagnosis
We perform oral cancer screenings at every check-up. These are careful examinations of both your mouth and the surrounding structures of your head and neck. The oral examination includes a search for changes that appear pathologic in dental tissues, cheeks, throat, and roof and floor of the mouth. We will also palpate facial muscles and bones, and check your neck and thyroid gland. If we detect suspicious lesions or lumps, we will refer you to the appropriate specialist.