Oral Surgery – Huntington & Centereach
The term “oral surgery” can immediately trigger anxiety. This is a natural reaction many patients have when they are referred to an oral surgeon or are considering their dental restoration options. At North Shore Implant & Oral Surgery Associates, we understand your apprehension and treat you with compassion and patience throughout your oral surgery procedure.
Why Choose an Oral Surgeon?
Some basic oral surgery procedures can be performed by a general dentist. Still, others require the unique skills and training of an oral surgeon. An oral surgeon is recommended for any procedure requiring cutting into the bone and tissue surrounding a tooth. Often your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon when severely impacted wisdom teeth, severe decay, or damage below the gumline are issues. Dental implants should be placed by an oral surgeon because it is a complex procedure requiring extreme precision.
Oral Surgery Experience
Every surgeon at North Shore is a board-certified specialist with years of experience. Drs. Casino, Schneider, Bohle, and Sobarzo do nothing but dental implant and oral surgery procedures, ensuring exceptional skill and accuracy that a general dentist may not have.
Oral surgeons are dentists who pursue additional medical training after dental school. Our surgeons have completed four and six years of further education and surgical residency. This includes all forms of oral, facial, and dental surgical techniques, anesthesia, and various medical disciplines affecting patient treatment and recovery.
Oral surgery requires some form of anesthesia to ensure patient safety and comfort. Our surgeons offer all forms of sedation for oral surgery, including general anesthesia and IV sedation. We have full hospital privileges and fully trained staff to assist with anesthesia in our office surgical suites to ensure a suitable method of sedation and treatment for each patient.
Cutting Edge Innovations
As medical doctors, we lead the way in using oral surgery innovations your regular dentist may not be familiar with or comfortable using. We use the latest techniques and equipment to ensure successful recovery for every patient. This includes 3D imaging for the clearest possible view of the oral cavity, teeth, jawbone, and soft tissues. We also research and implement the latest medical advances in healing therapies, including bone morphogenetic proteins and stem cells.
Available Oral Surgery Procedures
- Bone Grafting
- Jaw Surgery
- Facial Trauma
- Tooth Extractions
- Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
- Distraction Osteogenesis
- Oral Pathology
- TMJ Disorders
- Sleep Apnea
- Cleft Lip & Palate
- Bone Morphogenetic Protein
- Stem Cells
- Impacted Canines
- 3D Imaging
Oral Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
How long does oral surgery take?
Most procedures, including wisdom teeth removal and dental implant surgery, are completed in one to two hours. However, more involved operations, such as distraction osteogenesis, may take longer depending on the complexity of the surgery.
Does oral surgery require a hospital stay?
Not at all. Most of our patients have their oral surgery performed in one of our operating suites in our Huntington or Centereach offices. These are fully equipped with all surgical tools and anesthesia needed and staffed by experienced surgical professionals. You can recover at home on the same day. If a hospital stay is required, we review your options with you at your initial consultation.
Is oral surgery painful?
As with any invasive procedure, there is some pain and swelling following surgery, but this is easily controlled with the appropriate medication and ice packs during the first few days. The surgery itself is not painful. We numb the area with local anesthetic and perform oral surgery while you are sedated with the appropriate form of anesthesia. You will not feel any pain during the surgery, and you will not remember the procedure. If you have questions or concerns, discuss these with your surgeon. We do everything we can to make you comfortable before, during, and after oral surgery.
Are your surgeons board certified?
Yes, our oral surgeons are board certified and pursue continuing education to properly serve our patients.
How long does it take to recover from oral surgery?
For procedures such as tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal, you can recover comfortably at home for a few days, then return to your normal activities. However, you must follow our post-operative instructions carefully to reduce the risk of infection while minimizing pain and swelling. Surgery involving the jawbone and bone grafting can take several weeks or months for the area to heal completely. Still, any discomfort will fade within the first week or two.
If you have questions about specific procedures, please explore our various services pages or schedule a consultation to talk with one of our oral surgeons. We can be reached at 631-737-2626.