Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Highly Experienced Oral Surgery Procedures
At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, specializing in facial reconstruction, facial surgery, corrective jaw surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, and wisdom tooth removal. If you would like to learn more about our services, or schedule an appointment, contact us today. New patients are welcome and a referral from another doctor is not required.
Facial trauma (maxillofacial trauma) is any injury that occurs on the face, is generally classified as either being a soft tissue injury (gums and skin), bony injuries (fractures), or injuries that occur in special regions, such as the salivary glands, facial nerves, or eyes.
Examples of facial trauma include the following:
- Knocked out teeth
- Injuries to the jaw
- Interior and exterior soft tissue lacerations of the mouth
- Fractured forehead, eye sockets, nose, and/or facial bones
Facial trauma can occur due a variety of causes, the most common being trauma that occurs due to motor vehicle accidents.
Dental implants are commonly recommended for patients who have lost tooth or teeth due to decay or injury. Titanium anchors are inserted into the bone and covered by a dental cap or denture. After the implant is placed, a replacement tooth or bridge is attached to it.
Patients may be good candidates for dental implants if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Want to feel comfortable and confident when you smile
- Teeth are moving into the gap left from a missing tooth or teeth
- Cannot chew your food properly which affects how much nutrition you are getting
- Smile is incomplete
- Dentures sometimes slip out when eating our talking
- Miss eating your favorite foods
Patients who experience jawbone loss can face a range of associated issues, such as the following:
- Collapsed facial profile
- Difficulty speaking
- Issues developing in the teeth that are remaining
- Worsened nutrition
- Wrinkling skin
Patients who experience this loss of bone may require a bone graft, which is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting a bone or using a synthetic material to repair joints or bones that have become damaged or to help facilitate the growth of new bone.
Teeth in a Day
Patients seeking to replace missing teeth have many treatment options available to them; however dental implants remain the most effective solution. One newer option to address this issue is Teeth-in-a-Day, an implant option that makes it possible to have the post and the crown placed on the same day, eliminating the 3-6 month waiting period required with traditional implants. Four strategically placed implants support a permanent set of dentures. Teeth-in-a-Day is more cost-effective and simpler than using a separate implant to replace each tooth.
Wisdom tooth extraction refers to a procedure wherein one or multiple wisdom teeth are extracted. Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) typically appear between the ages of 17-25 and are the last teeth to erupt, although not everyone will develop wisdom teeth. For those who do develop wisdom teeth, an extraction will typically be required when the tooth or teeth become impacted, which can cause pain and increase the risk of additional issues developing. The extraction can be performed by either a dentist or oral surgeon.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective Jaw Surgery (orthognathic surgery) refers to any procedure that is performed to correct issues related to the jaw. This procedure can be performed on the chin, lower jaw, upper jaw, or both. Correcting jaws that are improperly aligned is the most common type of jaw surgery. It is generally recommended that patients avoid having jaw surgery until growth has stopped, which is typically between the ages of 13-15 for females and 16-18 for males. Although performing corrective jaw surgery will typically result in a dramatic in the aesthetic appearance of the patient’s appearance, this procedure is typically performed to address functional issues.
Caring for Procedure
To continue enjoying the benefits of your procedure, it is essential to practice good oral health habits every day. By maintaining these regular self-care habits, you will reduce the likelihood of developing additional issues in the future and enjoy the benefits of your procedure for many years to come.
- Brushing: The best way to remove plague, prevent decay, and preserve the longevity of your procedure is to brush and clean your teeth at least twice daily. To achieve maximum results, be sure your toothbrush is the appropriate size and shape to fit your mouth and allows you to reach all areas of the mouth easily.
- Flossing: Patients who floss regularly significantly reduce the likelihood of developing periodontal disease. For patients who have an aversion to flossing, interdental cleaners may be a better alternative.
- Additional Supports: In addition to brushing and flossing every day, patients who regularly use mouth wash, avoid sweetened beverages and/or use a straw while drinking sweetened beverages, and who swish their mouth with water following every meal enjoy improved oral health and reduce the chance of developing tooth decay.
- Regular Dental Checkups: While practicing good self-care at home is critical, it is also important to schedule regular dental exams every six months. In doing so, your dentist can perform deep cleanings and address issues before they develop into something worse.
Cost of Oral Surgery
The cost of your procedure will be determined by a variety of factors, such as what type of procedure you have performed, the severity of your condition, any unique oral or health issues you have that may complicate the procedure, and what type of dental insurance plan you have. Our office will file your claim, handle the paperwork, and ensure you maximize your insurance reimbursement. The remaining balance following your insurance coverage will be your responsibility.
Prior to performing any procedure, we will discuss the expected cost, as well as payment plan options that are available to you, such as Lending Club and Care Credit, which offer 6 and 12 month interest-free payment plans.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
Schedule Your Appointment
At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we are committed to treating our patients the way we would expect to be treated. Because Dr. Haigney is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, you can be confident you will receive care that implements the latest dental advancements and is informed by current research and best practices, resulting in you achieving the results you deserve.
To schedule an appointment or consultation, contact our staff at (704) 255-5888 or request an appointment online.