Oral Surgery

Lakewood Dentistry

Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Houston, TX

Oral surgery provides a safe and effective way to address common problems such as infected or inflamed tooth pulp and impacted wisdom teeth. At Lakewood Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS, and the team perform oral surgery in-office using modern sedation and advanced methods of care. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry used to diagnose and treat facial trauma, cavities, impacted wisdom teeth, and infected tooth pulp. Oral surgeons like Dr. Farah undergo four years of traditional dental school followed by several years of specialized training. 

Prior to oral surgery, you receive local anesthesia or general sedation. This allows you to receive the treatment you need, without experiencing any pain or discomfort. 

What are the different types of oral surgery?

At Lakewood Dentistry, Dr. Farah offers several types of oral surgery, including:

Wisdom teeth removal

Your wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent teeth to emerge. They’re located at the very back of your mouth, including two on your top arch and two on your lower arch. If one or more wisdom teeth become impacted, meaning they’re unable to break through the gum line, Dr. Farah might recommend wisdom tooth removal.

Prior to wisdom tooth removal, Dr. Farah administers a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, she makes an incision and carefully removes your wisdom teeth. 

Root canal therapy

Root canal therapy preserves a permanent tooth with damaged or inflamed tooth pulp. Pulp provides sensations like hot and cold but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival. By removing the pulp during a root canal, Dr. Farah can eliminate infection, ease pain, and prevent the need for an extraction. 

Placement of oral prosthetics

If you damage a tooth or develop a cavity, you might benefit from an oral prosthetic like a crown or bridge. To receive a crown or bridge, Dr. Farah prepares your tooth by carefully removing a thin layer of enamel. Afterward, she takes impressions of your tooth and sends the impressions to a local lab that manufactures your prosthetic.

Will I benefit from oral surgery?

Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Farah can determine if you’ll benefit from oral surgery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Farah conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes a series of X-rays. 

After gathering the necessary information, she develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs. Whenever possible, Dr. Farah recommends conservative, non-invasive treatments. However, sometimes surgical intervention is necessary.

Schedule an oral surgery appointment at Lakewood Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.