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A. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a recognized specialty of the dental profession, encompassing the surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and deformities involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a graduate of an accredited dental school who has completed additional post doctorate training in an accredited, hospital-based oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.

A. Implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. The bone bonds with the titanium to form a strong foundation for the artificial teeth. Eventually, small abutments or posts are attached to the implant and will protrude through the gums. Later, a prosthesis that resembles a natural tooth is fabricated by your general dentist and attached to the abutment.

A. The average adult has 32 teeth but the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth also called third molars usually need to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth. It is often painful when these four wisdom teeth attempt to erupt in the mouth.

A. Early detection is best for removal of the third molars, which typically takes place in the teen-age years. Your dentist or orthodontist will do an oral examination and x-ray of your mouth to best determine if the teeth are present and need to be removed.

A. There are several types of anesthesia that can be given depending on your level of comfort. The first is local anesthesia, which will numb the area. The second form is nitrous oxide sedation. The nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe through your nose. It gives a floating in space feeling. The third is IV sedation. This is administered through an intravenous injection into your arm. With the IV sedation you will be partially conscious and somewhat aware of your surroundings. The fourth type of anesthesia is general anesthesia.

A. IF you desire IV sedation you cannot have anything to eat or drink (not even water) for six hours prior to your appointment. Your surgery will be canceled if you eat or drink. IF it is necessary for you to take medication prior to surgery please contact the office for instructions.

A. NO. The intravenous medication stays in your system for up to 2 hours. Your motor skills are greatly affected. It is not safe to drive or operate machinery until 24 hours after surgery.

Note: We will require that a responsible person come with you on your surgery day and stay at the office while you are here.

A. Yes, appropriate prescriptions are written after your surgery and will be sent home with you. You may have them filled at any pharmacy you choose.

A. We continue to accept new patients.

A. We participate with the following insurance plans:

Delta Dental Plan of Michigan
- Delta Premiere
- Delta PPO
- Delta Healthy Kids
- Delta MI Child
- Delta of California - Retired military personnel
Delta Healthy Michigan

SSM Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Bay Mills

Delta Dental Patient Direct

Healthy Michigan
Priority Health
Workman’s Compensation

NMOMS no longer participates with Medicare Advantage Plans. Specific Medicare Advantage Plans include UPHP, McLaren, BCBSM, Priority Health and Humana


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If you have any questions, please call our Petoskey office at 231-347-1601, or toll-free at 866-691-1601.
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