Frequently Asked Questions
Before committing to oral surgery, you likely have questions about our practice and the work we do here at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center. Below, you’ll find several inquiries that we regularly receive and their answers. If your question isn’t found in the list, please contact one of our locations directly. One of our team members would be happy to help!
What exactly do oral and maxillofacial surgeons do?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s focus is primarily injuries, deformities, and diseases that negatively affect the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. Dr. Fangman is capable of treating facial pain, removing wisdom teeth, performing reconstructive facial surgery, placing dental implants, and much more. He has undergone additional education and advanced training to be capable of performing these in-depth procedures.
Is oral surgery painful?
When it’s done right by a team like ours, oral surgery should not have to be an overly painful or frightening experience. Our doctor will make every effort to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the actual procedure, and we can also recommend the use of prescribed medication to minimize any post-operative discomfort as well.
Do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Not all wisdom teeth cause problems. If these teeth emerge from the gum line properly and have ample space to function without threatening the health of other teeth, they can remain in place within the mouth. Our oral surgeon will be happy to advise patients on whether or not wisdom teeth extraction would be beneficial during a consultation.
My general dentist offers extraction. Why should I go to an oral surgeon instead?
When it comes to tooth extraction, many patients have a simple and complication-free experience – but some do not. There is a wide range of outcomes and variables that can come into play during this process, some of which a general dentist may be unequipped to handle. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon has specialized knowledge in this area of expertise, and they’re also very skilled when it comes to pain management during extraction.
Is it normal to feel pain after extraction?
It is normal for patients to experience some discomfort and soreness following their extraction procedure. However, pain that is unusually severe or that lingers on for over a week is abnormal. In these situations, don’t hesitate to contact us right away for further assistance.
Why are dental implants the right choice for tooth replacement?
Dental implants replicate the root of your natural tooth, which has the important function of stimulating and stabilizing your jawbone. Without a tooth root in place, bone deterioration is a near-certainty! With a new implant in place, patients can preserve their oral health while also enjoying a seamlessly lifelike and functional replacement for the missing tooth.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes! Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center welcomes many dental and medical insurance plans and will file claims on the patient’s behalf to streamline the process. To learn more, please visit our new patients page or contact us directly.