Advanced Procedures for Oral Health
At Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help patients maintain their oral health through advanced procedures, using the latest techniques and technology. Oral surgery is often necessary for conditions such as advanced decay or impacted teeth. Surgical procedures may also be recommended when non-surgical treatments are not sufficient for issues such as sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. While many patients may be apprehensive about undergoing surgery, these procedures can be safe, effective, and even virtually painless when provided by an experienced professional. Drs. Turner P. Emery and Dr. Frank Rizzo have dedicated their careers to providing the highest level of care at our on-site surgery facility in Knoxville, TN.
To provide safer pain control following oral surgery, we offer EXPAREL®, an opioid-free pain medication that can provide 72 hours of relief.
Oral Surgery Procedures We Provide
Our surgeons can perform versatile procedures to meet our patients’ unique needs.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Often, wisdom teeth can cause issues when they are impacted or develop at the wrong angle. These occurrences can not only be painful but can also affect the surrounding teeth and cause significant damage. We can provide relief with gentle wisdom tooth removal to protect your oral health.
Dental implants can be paired with crowns, dental bridges, or dentures to replace missing teeth. These titanium posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone to create a stable foundation for lifelike, durable restorations and create a complete smile with full form and function.
Severely decayed or damaged teeth are highly susceptible to infection and can often cause patients exceptional pain. Impacted teeth can also lead to serious health concerns that make extraction vital for your health.
Additional Oral Surgery Procedures
Expose and Bond of an Impacted Tooth
Frequently, teeth can remain within your jaw despite your orthodontist creating adequate room for eruption. In this procedure, we will remove all interferences, place an orthodontic bracket, and attach a chain for your orthodontist to have access to the tooth. At this point, your orthodontist will guide the tooth into the correct position within the dental arch.
After the removal of teeth, the underlying bone will remodel. In some instances, this will occur haphazardly and result in irregular contours of the bone preventing your dentist from obtaining a good fit for a prosthesis. In this procedure, we reshape the bone to provide a stable base to place conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures.
An apicoectomy is the removal of the end of a tooth’s root or apex. This is done after your dentist or endodontist has completed a root canal on the offending tooth. If you continue to have pain or swelling in the area despite sound root canal therapy, then an apicoectomy is indicated. Sometimes roots can be complex and have tiny branches that aren’t accessible by conventional root canal treatment. In this procedure, we access and remove the residual infection and end of the tooth root. The end of the root is then sealed.
Palatal and Lingual Tori Excision
Palatal and lingual tori are relatively common and benign bony outgrowths. Some can grow to be quite large. As they grow, the tissue over them can become thin. This can result in small incidental trauma leading to large ulcerations of the bone. These can also interfere with your dentist’s ability to make a partial or full denture. In this procedure, we recontour the bony outgrowths so that the bone has a normal architecture.
Testimonials From Our Patients
We are proud to be able to provide our patients with access to first-rate surgical care, cutting-edge procedures, and an overall outstanding experience.
Our Office Locations
We have two office locations in Knoxville, TN.