Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Cameron Conkin, Kokomo, IN, practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries and TMJ disorders, and perform a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures.
Dr. Conkin’s staff is trained in assisting with I.V. sedation within our state of the art office setting.
Our office is located at: 3415 S LaFountain, Suite H, Kokomo, IN 46902Oral surgery can sound daunting. The term brings to mind hospitals and long periods of recovery. However, a dental surgeon is simply a dentist who has undergone extensive years of training. This ensures that they are able to treat more than the surface area of your teeth. Odds are that you know someone who has had oral surgery, even if they’re not aware of it.
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Many procedures that are done in a dentist’s office are considered oral surgery. One of the benefits of coming to Ladd Dental Group is that Dr. Conkin, a board certified oral surgeon, attended four additional years of schooling to specialize specifically in oral surgery. Oral surgery is defined as the dental process comprised of any treatment that is beyond the capability of general dental care. Before your oral surgery is performed, x-rays will often be taken to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. A step-by-step explanation of the procedure along with your anesthesia options will be discussed, and you should feel free to ask any questions you have. Your recovery experience will depend on what procedure you are having as well as your general state of health. It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke. This will help ensure your safety and comfort — always the paramount concerns.
Tooth extractions are so common that most people would not guess they are categorized as oral surgery. Usual reasons for this procedure include having primary teeth that won’t fall out or an irreparably decayed tooth. Our specialists are trained with proper local anesthesia and extraction methods. They easily perform this procedure with no special appointments or lengthy recovery time for you.
Wisdom teeth removal is a more extensive type of tooth extraction. Your oral surgeon will perform X-rays to examine your specific situation and create a personalized treatment plan that will expedite your recovery.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications, damage to adjacent teeth…), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, gauze, an irrigating syringe for cleaning the sites, and a follow-up appointment in one week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (765) 450-7780.
If you have missing teeth, a dental implant will change your life. Our oral surgery team has the expertise to devise the most effective implant and treatment plan available for you. Through their years of schooling, training, and a commitment to excellence, they have gained the experience to make this dental implant procedure as effective and painless as possible. Fill out your smile with professional dental prosthetics.
It’s common for your dentist to refer you to a specialist when you have a unique problem. At Ladd Dental Group, we have knowledgeable oral surgeons in our office to make this process as simple as possible. This enables us to provide you with immediate treatment for any dental issue you have. Get a full, bright smile all in one location.