Oral Surgery at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry
Oral Surgery Requires Additional Training
Here at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry Dr. Holsteen was educated and trained in oral and maxillofacial dentistry. After he completed dental school he went on for another four years of surgery based training. Here he was trained alongside other medical students in the techniques of emergency medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the only type of surgeon, other than anesthesiologists, who can offer all levels of sedation up to general anesthesia.
Surgery Procedures Performed by Dr. Holsteen
The most common procedures that Dr. Holsteen performs are tooth extractions, which often require sedation. Removing impacted wisdom teeth is a routine procedure here at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry.
Sometimes a patient may have a misaligned bite that cannot be solved by orthodontics. In this situation the patient would receive corrective jaw surgery. This procedure may also be recommended if the patient has congenital abnormalities (birth defects) or to treat skeletal problems. If this is recommended Dr. Holsteen may suggest reshaping jaw bones or repositioning jaws and teeth. It’s not uncommon to coordinate this procedure with the patients orthodontist.
Other common surgeries are:
- Cleft palate or cleft lip surgery
- Cosmetic and restorative dental work
- Placement of dental implants
- Bone grafting when required in the placement of dentures
- Facial trauma surgeries
- TMJ treatment when non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful
- Oral cancer biopsies
- Dental implants
- Outpatient Anethesia
Our main concern is your long term health and comfort. If you have questions about oral and maxillofacial surgery please give us a call at (719) 598-3502 or send us a quick email.