Dr. Raymond G. Hatland is one of Indianapolis and Chicago’s finest oral surgeons, providing essential care to patients with significant dental distress. Prior to the surgery, he thoroughly explains the procedure so that his patients feel both informed and comfortable. Depending on the type of surgery, he will offer general anesthesia or a numbing agent to minimize any pain. He also makes sure to let his patients know if they will be unable to drive following the surgery so they can arrange for transportation home.
Among the more common oral surgeries Dr. Hatland performs are:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth, and the last adult teeth to come in. While some people will go their entire lives without needing to give special attention to their wisdom teeth, other patients will develop “impacted” wisdom teeth due to insufficient space in their mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, trap unwanted bacteria that can lead to periodontal infection and push your other teeth out alignment.
To avoid these problems, Dr. Hatland may recommend removing one to four of your wisdom teeth. Patients should use ice packs and take painkillers until the swelling and bleeding have completely subsided. Generally after three or four days, patients feel well enough to resume normal activities like work, exercise and unrestricted eating.
Although Dr. Hatland generally takes whatever steps are needed to preserve your natural teeth, there are some situations where it becomes necessary to remove a tooth to prevent further problems. Reasons for tooth extraction include a tooth that is severely decayed, a tooth damaged from an injury, significant overcrowding in the mouth and a loose tooth that is contributing to gum disease.
In these situations, Dr. Hatland will use local anesthesia to alleviate discomfort. He will also prepare to replace the missing tooth so that you can regain a complete, healthy smile.
Patients with a missing tooth or teeth may find dental implants to be the most appealing replacement procedure. This surgery involves adding a post into your jawbone. In a subsequent appointment, Dr. Hatland will screw on a prosthetic tooth that matches the shape, size and color of your existing teeth for a seamless smile.
Why You Should Choose Dr. Hatland for Oral Surgery
As a high-ranking graduate from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry, Dr. Hatland has learned and put into practice the advanced techniques required for successful oral surgery. Although he has the skills to perform oral surgery, do not expect him to recommend surgery in all situations. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Hatland often suggests non-surgical solutions to many ailments; you can trust that Dr. Hatland will give you an honest assessment of what kind of treatment is necessary — surgical or otherwise.
To schedule a consultation to determine if oral surgery is appropriate for you, please call either his Chicago office at (773) 338-4440 or Indianapolis office at (317) 257-0794 today.