Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

Finger Lakes Dental Care of Victor is available for oral and maxillofacial surgeries concerning the diagnosis and surgical treatment of congenital/acquired diseases, dysfunctions, defects, or injuries of the mouth, jaw, face, neck, and associated regions. For any questions or concerns about our cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures, get in touch with us.
Lost Teeth

If you need a tooth extracted due to trauma, bone loss, or another reason, implants can be placed in the bone if we determine you’re a good candidate.
Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, will normally appear around the age of 18. Eruption could be straight, crooked, or impacted. No matter how they come in, they may need to be extracted due to lack of space. The professionals at Finger Lakes will observe them for a few years and advise if and when they need to be removed.

If there is a suspicious growth or change noted in a section of mouth tissue, we will perform a biopsy to determine the origin of the lesion.
Oral Cancer Exams and Biopsies

Each time you visit our office, we will include an oral cancer screening exam. However, there are also signs you should look for in your mouth to ensure an early diagnosis. Schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible should you find any of the following symptoms: 
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils, or lining of the mouth
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Types of Biopsies

This is the most traditional biopsy. We will remove part of or all of the lesion, depending upon the size and extent. Once we obtain a sample, we’ll send it to a pathologist to examine the tissue under a microscope to see if the cells are abnormal or malignant.
Fine Needle Biopsy
If your mass has a significant area, such as an enlarged lymph node, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNB) is a reliable and inexpensive solution. With a small needle attached to a syringe inserted into the mass, we’re able to aspirate the cells and pull them out.
Punch Biopsy
With a small circular blade pressed into the mass, we cut a round border to pull out the cells from the sampled area. Because the area is so small, the wound will not bleed much and will heal normally without stitches. 
This is a new methodology to test for cancer. With a special hand-held brush, a small sample is taken from the lesion in question. We put the sample on a slide and send it to the CDx laboratories. There, they will use computers and advanced robotics to scan and use imaging techniques to examine the cells. We will receive a summary report for our files and discuss the findings with you. If the results are atypical or potentially dangerous, we will conduct a standard incisional biopsy. If everything is normal, we will schedule a follow-up evaluation to ensure the lesion doesn’t persist.

Feeling uneasy about oral surgery? Ask our team about sedation dentistry services we offer!

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