Severe infections, missing teeth, and other complex oral health complications need to be treated urgently to avoid more serious issues.
A highly trained doctor can plan and perform oral surgery to alleviate your symptoms and help you enjoy a healthier smile.
Why should you visit Dr. Jason Edwards for your oral surgery?
Advanced Tools, Diverse Treatments, and a Talented Team
Our practice is equipped with the latest technology, including low-dose radiation imaging and a cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner to help us precisely plan your procedure. We also use an intraoral scanner for virtual surgical planning without goopy putty impressions.
Combining experience with advanced tools, we can treat a variety of oral health issues in both children and adults. Whether you need wisdom teeth extracted or are replacing an entire arch of teeth with Full Arch Implants, we can design a treatment plan that helps you achieve your ideal, complete smile.
Highly Trained Surgical Team
Dr. Edwards has completed extensive education in treating oral and maxillofacial conditions, and our entire surgical team is fully certified to perform surgery and administer general anesthesia. With the help of our treatment coordinators, you can feel empowered and informed throughout your treatment.
Still Worried about Undergoing Surgery or Sedation?
We understand you might be nervous, but do not worry. Our practice offers various sedation options to help make your surgery as comfortable as possible.
The deepest level of sedation, general anesthesia, is very safe. Our surgical team includes a registered nurse and all team members are certified to administer in-office intravenous (IV) sedation.
Reasons You Might Need an Oral Surgeon
Infected or Badly Damaged Teeth
When an infection is too advanced to be treated with root canal therapy, a tooth extraction might be necessary. We can also remove teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment or teeth that are damaged below the gum line and cannot support a dental crown.
Wisdom TeethSome wisdom teeth erupt without any issues, but others can become impacted and cause painful symptoms such as swelling and infection. Dr. Edwards can perform all types of wisdom tooth extractions, from simple to complex.
Missing teeth can interfere with your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. With dental implants, Dr. Edwards can replace any number of missing teeth from root to crown. He places many types of implants including single-tooth implants and Full Arch Implants.
If you suffer from malocclusion, you might benefit from surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy. During this procedure, Dr. Edwards and his team will use a bone graft to widen the jaw instead of extracting teeth. We can also provide temporary anchorage devices for orthodontic patients.
Bone LossWhen you suffer from tooth loss, facial trauma, or advanced periodontal disease, your jawbone can begin to shrink and affect your facial structure. We can perform a bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for dental implants and add volume to your facial structure.
Full Mouth of Missing TeethDr. Edwards uses Digital Smile Design (DSD) to design patients' ideal smiles, even if they have full arches of missing teeth. Treatment is completely customized, from start to finish, and may include pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare your jaw. Our treatment coordinators can also stage treatment on a budget that works for you.
Accidents happen. If you lose a permanent tooth, we may be able to save it by performing a tooth transplant. To preserve your tooth on your way to our office, make sure to keep it moist and avoid touching the root.
Jaw DisordersIf you suffer from jaw pain or malfunction as a result of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or facial trauma, jaw surgery can help. After surgery, you can regain a full range of motion and enjoy simple tasks like eating your favorite foods again
Dr. Edwards and his surgical team see many pediatric patients with impacted canine teeth. To help the canine move into its proper place, we can create a very small incision in the gum tissue to surgically expose the tooth. We will then bond a bracket in place to move the tooth into the desired position.
Uneven Gum Line or Gummy SmileExcessive gum tissue can make your teeth appear smaller than they actually are. To achieve a beautiful smile, your gums and teeth should be balanced. Dr. Edwards can perform gum contouring to help your smile look more symmetrical and make your teeth look more prominent.
Oral Surgery from Start to Finish
Oral surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so you will typically go home on the same day of treatment. Every surgery will be different depending on your treatment plan. In general, you can expect several stages:
Day of Surgery
Your Results Can Improve Both the Look and Feel of Your Smile
Your individual results will depend on the reason you underwent oral surgery and the treatment you received. With customized procedures, we have helped many patients achieve:
- Relief from pain and discomfort caused by infected, badly damaged, or impacted teeth
- Complete smiles after suffering from missing teeth for years
- Realigned bites following surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment
- Restored jawbone following a bone graft or sinus lift
- Replanted tooth following an avulsion
- Improved comfort if you suffered from a jaw disorder
Dr. Edwards and his surgical team digitally plan every surgery to ensure successful results. In addition to helping your smile feel more comfortable and healthy, we can dramatically improve your appearance.
A Healthy Recovery Can Help Ensure Successful Results
The length of your recovery will depend on which surgery you undergo and your body's natural healing response. To avoid reopening your surgical site and reduce your risk of infection, it is important that you avoid several activities during the first 24 hours, such as:
- Drinking through a straw
- Consuming alcohol or hot liquids
- Blowing your nose
- Spitting excessively
As part of your post-op instructions, you should also maintain a soft foods diet and take your medications as prescribed. Dr. Edwards gives every patient his cell phone number after surgery. You can reach him at any time if you are worried about infection, excessive bleeding, or chronic discomfort.
The Cost of Surgery Depends on Several Factors
The cost of your surgery will depend on several factors, including:
- The type of surgery
- Which sedation option you choose
- The current condition of your smile
- Whether additional procedures are necessary
Our team can help with insurance filing in order to maximize your applicable coverage.
Our Office Provides Various Financing Options
Do not let cost get in the way of receiving the treatment you need. Without immediate care, oral health issues such as missing teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or infected teeth can require more complex, costly treatments in the future.
Hear from Satisfied Patients
"Absolutely wonderful care. Dr. Edwards and his team are fantastic, compassionate and I will never use any other oral surgeon. One of my wisdom teeth had broken in half, so when I went their office they actually scheduled my surgery the same day and relieved me of my pain." Leo I.
Visit a Specialized Oral Surgeon
Dr. Edwards offers a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Dental Association
- American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
If you require an oral surgery procedure, Dr. Edwards and his team encourage you to express your fears and concerns about treatment to help us better achieve your goals. Call Advanced Oral Surgery of Tampa (813) 452-6380.