But when teeth are missing, damaged, or diseased, they affect a person’s physical health, as well as their quality of life.
At Live Oak Oral Surgery of Texas, our team of doctors practice a wide scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures to help our patients restore the health and integrity of their teeth. From wisdom tooth removal and dental implants to bone grafting, we do it all.
We welcome referring doctors and patients of all ages throughout the Wichita Falls and North Central Texas area. Get in touch with our office today to schedule a consultation.
All OMS Procedures
Digital imaging and technology allow us to accurately diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, abnormalities, and cancers of the mouth, jaws, teeth, and face. We offer a full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures to treat missing or damaged teeth, oral cancer, facial deformities, facial injuries, and more.
Our procedures are personalized, comprehensive, and gentle ‒ because we believe every patient deserves quality, compassionate care every step of the journey.
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution that restores teeth and protects the structure and integrity of your smile and oral health.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that your doctor will insert into the root of your missing tooth.
Over time, the implant will fuse to the jawbone and create a strong and permanent foundation for a replacement tooth. Healing times vary from patient to patient. Patients with substantial bone loss may experience a longer healing period.
In cases of multiple dental implants, we offer several teeth replacement options, including dental implant bridges or implant overdentures which hold dentures securely in place.
With today’s advancements in bone grafting, we have the opportunity to grow new bone, restore the functionality of the jawbone, and optimize a patient’s success with treatment.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that transplants bone tissue into an area where there are missing teeth. Over time, this healthy bone tissue recreates and rebuilds new bone and supports the surrounding tissue. Other types of bone grafting promote the fusion of surrounding bone tissue.
Bone grafting may be necessary in cases of long-term missing teeth, severe gum disease, or facial trauma. This procedure may also be necessary if developmental defects cause degradation of natural bone in the mouth.
There are a variety of procedures our oral surgeons perform to support bone grafting. These include:
- Ridge Preservation
- Ridge Augmentation
- Sinus Lift
- Nerve Repositioning
Administration of bone grafting and corresponding procedures vary on an individual basis. Your oral surgeon will help you determine the best type of bone graft and any other necessary procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Although it is not a procedure most people look forward to, we do everything we can to make treatment and the healing process as easy, comfortable, and stress-free for our patients.
What are wisdom teeth? Why should you have them removed?
As they grow against the adjacent second set of molars, impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and discomfort. Over time, they can lead to teeth crowding and long-term damage to the teeth, gums, and jawbone. If not removed, impacted wisdom teeth can frequently cause infections and cysts.
While removing a tooth can help improve your short term oral health, it can also lead to misalignment of your bite, shifting teeth, jaw joint problems, and other changes to your dental health. To avoid complications to your oral health, we will work with you to discuss alternatives to extractions, as well as ways to replace extracted teeth.
What is the tooth extraction process?
During the extraction process, the tooth is firmly rocked in order to widen the socket for removal. While you will not feel pain during the procedure, you will feel pressure — the nerves that transmit pain are numbed, while the nerves that transmit pressure are not as affected.
If you feel pain at any point during the procedure, please let us know right away.
Our team will evaluate your jaw, temporomandibular joint and the surrounding facial structures and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Treatment for TMJ disorders include night guards, oral appliances, muscle relaxants, and in more serious cases, joint repair and surgery.
What is Oral Pathology?
Oral Pathology refers to the development of an abnormal disease or condition in the jaw, mouth, or related structures in your body. Signs of an oral pathology include:
- Mouth sores that persist for more than two weeks
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- Thickening or a lump on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Persistent difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Persistent hoarseness or sore throat
It is important to regularly inspect your mouth, lips, cheeks, gums, and palate for any changes. Pain does not always occur with pathology, which makes visual exams all the more important. If you have noticed suspicious lumps or sores in your mouth, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an evaluation.
What does pre-prosthetic surgery entail?
Since a denture sits on the bone ridge, it is very important that the supporting bone is the right shape and size. To prepare your mouth for a denture, one or more of the following procedures may need to be performed:
- Removing excess bone
- Bone smoothing & reshaping
- Bone ridge reduction
- Excess gum tissue removal
- Exposure of impacted teeth
We will review your particular needs during your appointment.
Discovering you may need jaw surgery can be overwhelming. Our team of doctors are here to help you best prepare and answer any questions you may have before and after surgery.
What does corrective jaw surgery treat?
Jaw surgery benefits those who have misaligned jaws or bites, whether due to birth defects, abnormal development, or injuries. Jaw surgery can:
- Correct improper bites.
- Improve chewing, biting, speaking, and/or swallowing.
- Relieve chronic pain and/or breathing problems.
- Reduce wear and tear on teeth.
- Improve facial symmetry.
Jaw surgery may not always be necessary in some cases, so it’s important to consult with an oral surgeon to explore your options and determine the best course of action.
Facial Fracture Repairs
Our doctors are qualified to provide facial reconstruction and treat mild to severe facial injuries that impact the teeth, gums, and surrounding facial bones.
What types of facial injuries do we treat?
We treat the following types of facial injuries at area hospitals:
- Facial lacerations
- Intraoral lacerations
- Fractured jaws
- Fractured cheekbones/nose/eye socket
These injuries can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related injuries, interpersonal violence, or sports.
Facial Plastic Surgery
Whether you have cosmetic concerns or have experienced changes in your facial appearance as the result of an injury, we are here to help you restore your confidence and optimize your total health and wellness.
IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
We offer IV sedation and general anesthesia to our patients. Dr. Sohn and Dr. Gliddon are happy to discuss your options for IV sedation and general anesthesia during your consultation appointment.