Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to oral surgery, we know that our patients have plenty of questions, and we’re more than happy to answer them! Below, our own Dr. Stewart Moreland has taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions our team hears every day. Of course, if you have a question that hasn’t been touched on here, feel free to give us a call anytime. We’re always ready to talk to you and make sure you have all the information you need.
Why would I need to see an oral & maxillofacial surgeon?
An oral & maxillofacial surgeon is a type of specialist that can help diagnose and treat problems and injuries involving the skin and bone of the face as well as the teeth. If a person has experienced a broken bone in the face, a fractured jaw, or if they need their wisdom teeth removed, an oral surgeon is the best choice to provide treatment because they have trained to provide this specific kind of care for years. I can also help patients replace any number of missing teeth using state-of-the-art dental implants.
Do I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
This really depends on your particular situation. Most people end up having their wisdom teeth removed because they are causing pain or teeth crowding as they are trying to come in, but there is a small number of patients who never have any issues with their wisdom teeth. Your general dentist should let you know if your wisdom teeth will become a problem in the near future so they can be removed before they do so. However, if you are already experiencing pain near the back of your jaw, you should go ahead and contact our office for a consultation, because it might already be time for them to come out.
Do you accept emergency patients?
Yes! For those dealing with severe facial or dental pain because of an injury, we’re happy to provide urgent care when needed. If you find yourself in this kind of situation, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help as quickly as possible, usually by scheduling a same-day appointment.
Will my oral surgery hurt?
This is usually the biggest concern on most of our patients’ minds, but thanks to modern-day techniques and technology, including sedation, I can confidently say that almost any procedure is a practically painless experience. Of course, right after a treatment, a patient may feel a bit of tenderness in the area, but this can usually be easily managed with an OTC pain reliever. I and my team always take extra-special care to make sure our patients have a comfortable experience before, during, and after any procedure.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, our practice is happy to accept insurance plans from many of the nation’s top providers. We’ll go over your benefits with you so you know exactly what is and isn’t covered, and then we’ll file the claim on your behalf to make sure you’re maximizing your benefits. To learn more about how we can use your particular insurance plan, contact us today.
Is there a way I can finance my care?
Yes. For patients interested in breaking up the cost of their care, they can sign up for a low-to-no interest payment plan with CareCredit right through our website. They have a wide variety of plans that can work for any budget, and you’ll never have to worry about unexpected fees, surprise charges, or prepayment penalties. To learn more about your financing options, click the link on our New Patients page.