Oral Surgery Performed in Clearwater, FL & Surrounding Areas
Oral surgery is performed on the tissues of the mouth, such as the teeth and gums. While it can sound a bit intimidating—especially if you’ve never had any type of oral surgery before—it is quite common. There’s no need to be alarmed if your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon. That doesn’t necessarily mean your dental issue is complex or challenging to treat. Rather, it means that your dentist believes your case would be best handled by a specialist.
At Florida Dental Centers, we provide a comprehensive range of dentistry services, including specialist care. That means if you need oral surgery, you can arrange to receive it within our locally owned and operated practice. Florida Dental Centers has several convenient locations in the Clearwater, Florida, area to serve you.
Types of Oral Surgery
Oral surgery encompasses a wide range of services. Some of the most common include:
- Surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth* – The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are usually the last teeth to develop. While they may erupt without issue, more often than not they either don’t fully break through the gums or aren’t properly aligned. As a result, the wisdom teeth can become impacted between the gums and the jawbone.
- Surgical tooth extraction** – In some cases, an oral surgeon may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access and extract a tooth. For instance, oral surgery may be needed to remove a fragile, cracked, or broken tooth, or a tooth that has a large, long, or curved root.
- Bone graft surgery – To address jawbone loss caused by missing teeth or gum disease, an oral surgeon will make an incision to expose the jawbone, then graft new bone material to it.
- Dental implant placement – To replace a missing tooth, an oral surgeon will insert a metal post into the jawbone, which will gradually fuse with the bone tissue over time. The implant will create a strong foundation for the placement of an artificial tooth.
- Pre-prosthetic surgery – To help ensure the best possible denture fit and comfort, an oral surgeon will reshape and smooth the bone ridge of the mouth.
- Biopsies – If a dentist notices a suspicious mouth lesion, he or she may order a biopsy to check for oral cancer. An oral surgeon will remove a small tissue sample, then submit it to a lab for analysis.
- Immediate denture placement – Immediately following the removal of natural teeth, a full or partial denture is placed to help protect the mouth tissues and eliminate the need for the patient to go without teeth during the healing process.
Meet Our Oral Surgeon
Florida Dental Centers is proud to have Robert V. Snyders, DMD, in our private group practice. An experienced and trusted oral surgeon, Dr. Snyders graduated from Washington University School of Dental Medicine and received his oral surgery training at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Since his graduation in 1994, he has been performing oral surgery in Florida, and he has been practicing with Florida Dental Centers for more than 10 years. He is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Snyders specializes in performing quick and comfortable tooth extractions using a local anesthetic. During his career, he has completed more than 150,000 dental extractions, so you can feel completely confident in his expertise and care.
*[D7220] $300 to $400 at Florida Dental Centers
**[D7210] $250 to $300 at Florida Dental Centers