Oral & Maxillofacial Procedures

Information on Our Procedures

Wisdom Teeth Removal
Removal, recovery and aftercare
Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that were too snug? Perhaps you can tolerate them for a bit, but after a while your feet swell and just plain hurt. This is the general idea as to why wisdom teeth can be problematic. Your mouth is…

Extractions
Why, how and where it’s done
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions may be performed because of decay and broken down teeth that cannot be restored. Extractions may also be used to remove teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment.

Facial Trauma & Fracture Treatment
Complex injuries involving the face
Maxillofacial injuries, also referred to as facial trauma, encompass any injury to the mouth, face and jaw. Almost everyone has experienced such an injury, or knows someone who has. Most maxillofacial injuries are caused…

Anesthesia
Reduces or prevents pain during procedures
In order for you to be most comfortable during any procedure here at our office, we offer all methods of anesthesia from local anesthesia, to nitrous oxide, to intravenous and general anesthesia. Dr. Cherry can discuss these different…

Oral Pathology
Causes, processes and effects of diseases
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin called mucosa that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any change in this appearance could be a warning sign for some type of pathologic process.

Cleft Lip
Occurs in early pregnancy
Cleft lip is a visible facial/oral deformity characterized by the insufficient development of skin or lip tissue, resulting in a split or opening. Cleft lip can be mild, appearing as a simple notch or scar in the soft, pink tissue of the lip or…

Dental Implants
An option for replacing missing teeth
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent bone loss in the jaw. The dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic…

Jaw Surgery
Moves your teeth and jaws into a new position
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly or if the teeth don’t fit with the jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves…

Bone Grafting
Replaces missing bone
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these…

Alveolar Cleft Grafting
Follow-up surgery for Cleft Palate/Lip
Cleft palate (shown at left) and cleft lip are birth defects that cause facial deformities. The defects occur early in prenatal life, when the sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth in a developing fetus do…

Cleft Palate
Occurs in early pregnancy
Cleft palate (palatoschisis) is among the most common birth defects affecting children in North America. The incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) can occur individually, or both…

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Can eliminate vision impairment
Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-ro-plas-tee) is surgery that includes the repair of droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch; and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result…