Indiana University and Loyola School of Dentistry
Oral and Maxillofacial Certificate from University of Chicago
Basic Life Support Instructor
Certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support
1101 North Broadway | Rochester, MN 55906 | (507) 288-0126
502 Grant Street | Decorah, IA 52101 | (563) 382-6227
Our practice works hard to make information available to our patients. If you are unable to find answers to questions you have, please contact us so that we may work with you.
Permanent (Adult) Teeth
Permanent teeth can be difficult to remove secondary to curve, multiple roots and dense bone. Teeth that have had a root canal done are more difficult to remove due to changes in the tooth ligament, which causes less movement of the tooth.
Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars) / Impacted Teeth
Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to develop. Due to a discrepancy between the size of jaws and teeth, many times there is inadequate space between these teeth and they remain embedded (impacted) in the jaw. Other teeth can also be embedded (impacted) due to lack of space during growth.
"Preventive Dentistry dictates the treatment of impacted teeth"
Why remove embedded (impacted) teeth
Click on the following link for further information on wisdom teeth from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Exposure of a tooth for orthodontic treatment:
These are teeth that are crowded out by other teeth and do not have a chance to erupt into the mouth. By surgically exposing the tooth, placing a bracket with a chain, your orthodontics can bring the tooth into a functional position.
Biopsy of soft tissues and hard tissue lesions.
What are dental implants:
Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. A tooth is subsequently made over the top of the implant. Implants have a 96% success rate for over the last 40 years.
When are dental implants indicated?
Why not a bridge:
For your surgical procedure, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia is used to provide a comfortable and safe surgical experience. As a result, the anxiety and fear of undergoing surgery is removed.
Your safety is the number one concern in our office. We use the most modern equipment and monitoring systems in our office to ensure your well-being. As a result, your procedure can be performed in a safe and cost-effective manner in our office surgical suite.
Click on the following link for further information on anesthesia from the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons.