Posts for tag: Oral Surgery

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery may be necessary if you experience an injury to your mouth or face or require surgery to treat a dental or jaw issue. Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, explains why oral surgery may be needed.Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth removal

When there's not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt naturally, or if the teeth have erupted but are decayed or infected, extraction is the best option. If the teeth are impacted, the oral surgeon must break through your gums to remove them.

Dental implants

Dental implants offer an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. Your Union oral surgeon places the titanium implant in an opening in your jaw. Over the next several months, the implant bonds to the surrounding bone, replacing the roots of your missing tooth. Once the process is completed, a crown is added to the implant to allow you to chew and bite food. If your jawbone isn't thick enough to support the implant, your dentist may recommend a bone graft before proceeding with the implant.


Oral surgeons biopsy and remove growths from your mouth, face, lips and neck.

Tooth root infections

When pain lingers even after a root canal, an infection in the tooth root may be to blame. Oral surgeons treat the problem by making an incision in your gum and removing the tip of the root, as well as any inflamed or infected tissue.


Oral surgeons repair facial injuries caused by accidents, falls and sports injuries. They often repair cuts in the skin and treat injuries to your salivary glands and facial nerves. Facial fractures can be repaired by wiring the upper and lower jaws together or placing screws in the bones.

Bite issues

If your upper and lower jaws don't meet perfectly, you may develop bite issues that make it difficult to chew and speak. Misalignment of your jaw can be very painful and may be a contributing factor in the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Although braces can be helpful in some cases, if the problem is severe, oral surgery may be needed.

Are you concerned about an oral health issue? Call Dr. Michael C. Scheske, your Union, MO dentist, at (636) 583-8100 to schedule an appointment.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
February 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

An impacted tooth is a tooth that can't erupt through the gum because it has been blocked or does not have the space to erupt normally. We often hear of wisdom teeth being impacted, but it can happen to any tooth. Sometimes impaction is painless, but it can causes serious oral health problems that may affect the surrounding teeth and gums.Impacted Tooth


Symptoms of an impacted tooth include swelling of the gum, bad breath, and pain around the affected site. You may have difficulty opening your jaw and can even develop a bad taste in your mouth. Impacted teeth can also sometimes cause the surrounding teeth to become misaligned.

If you suspect that your tooth is impacted, visit your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. However, since impaction may sometimes be unnoticeable, your dentist may find the impaction during a routine oral examination before you realize it's there.


When impaction causes pain and infection, your dentist will usually want to extract the tooth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained dentists that specialize in removing impacted teeth since this can sometimes be a more complicated procedure than a normal extraction.

Depending on the type of impaction, the removal of the tooth can take anywhere from five to thirty minutes. Your oral surgeon will discuss anesthesia and sedation options with you so that you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the impacted tooth is removed and the gum has healed, you should not experience any further pain or discomfort.

When to Have Oral Surgery

Many oral surgeons will recommend wisdom tooth extraction before the age of 21 to avoid future problems with impacted wisdom teeth. The surgery is usually less complicated in young adults and the tissues often heal faster. But if your impacted teeth are affecting your overall oral health, your oral surgeon may recommend having them taken out at any age.

If you experience gum pain, earaches, or soreness on one side of your face, ask your dentist to check for an impacted tooth. You may then be referred for oral surgery to remove the impaction. Dr. Michael C. Scheske of Union, MI offers oral surgery to treat a variety of impaction types. Schedule an appointment today to find out if oral surgery is the right option for you.