Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Finding a compassionate dentist who has the skill and years of experience to provide both general and complex surgical procedures can be a challenge. At Panneton Dental Group, our Omaha dentist, Dr. Mark Panneton, provides oral and maxillofacial surgery designed to help patients maintain healthy teeth, gums, and facial structure needed to preserve a beautiful and fully functional smile.

When teeth are infected, missing, or decayed, and bone is affected by trauma or wear, your overall quality of life is also impacted. Dr. Panneton and team genuinely care about your health and happiness, and that’s why we provide a comprehensive approach to all your oral surgery needs. For surgical dental care that caters to the Legacy, Elkhorn, and West Omaha communities, contact Panneton Dental Group and schedule your consultation today!


What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a specialty of dentistry that includes diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and defects that affect the teeth, gums, soft tissues, bone, and other structures of the oral and maxillofacial areas.

What Can Surgical Treatment Do?

With his extensive knowledge in oral surgical procedures, Dr. Panneton can:

  • Provide safe and effective sedation and local anesthesia
  • Extract wisdom, impacted, damaged, or decayed teeth
  • Replace one or more lost teeth
  • Perform corrective jaw surgery after trauma
  • Remove oral cysts and tumors
  • Repair facial structures afflicted by disease
  • Relieve jaw pain
  • Perform cosmetic surgery of the face, jaws, and neck

Oral and Maxillofacial Treatments 

At Panneton Dental Group, we provide a wide range of simple to complex treatments designed to address any level of oral surgery needs. These Procedures include:

What Can Oral or Maxillofacial Surgery Treat?

Oral surgery is often recommended for treating and correcting the following:

Facial & Jaw Trauma: Whether due to a car accident, sports injury, or other circumstance, damage to the facial bones or teeth shouldn’t be taken lightly. Failure to seek treatment can lead to loss of dental function and jaw and bite irregularities, not to mention complications with speech, swallowing, and even breathing.

Missing Teeth: Surgical placement of dental implants provides you with new, artificial tooth roots that deliver a strong and lasting foundation for your crown, bridge, or denture restoration. Dental implants also offer stimulation to your jawbone to restore strength and volume once more.

Severely Impacted, Damaged, or Infected Teeth: Sometimes, the only treatment for preserving your oral health is extraction. This procedure helps prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth, gums, and throughout the rest of your body.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease & Infection: When dental plaque and bacteria embed themselves along and underneath the gums, they can become swollen and inflamed. In cases of advanced gum infection, soft tissues may need to be removed with surgical treatments.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are extra teeth that can cause overcrowding, misalignment, problems with bite, and pain. Because a crooked smile is harder to clean, wisdom teeth can also contribute to a risk for infection and decay.

TMJ Disorders: Complications with the temporomandibular joint are not only painful and uncomfortable; they can greatly affect oral health because the condition impairs your ability to chew, bite, and speak. TMJ also contributes to aching when opening or closing the mouth, facial pain, and reoccurring headaches. There are several types of surgical and appliance treatments available at our office.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring: Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder that temporarily blocks your airways and prevents proper breathing while you sleep. At our office, we offer several surgical procedures and appliance therapy for sleep apnea and snoring.

Sedation Options Provide Total Relaxation Throughout Care

Whether your teen is visiting us for wisdom teeth removal, or you require full mouth reconstruction, we offer a variety of sedation options that are both safe and effective. This allows you and your loved ones the opportunity for full relaxation during any oral surgery procedure.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation uses an IV bag to distribute and manage the sedative dosage quickly. This form of sedation is not only widely used, but it’s a great way to alleviate any fears or anxieties you may be having leading up to your procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is taken in either liquid or pill form, often used to help you relax and significantly reduce anxiety and discomfort during surgical care. We typically pair this form of sedation with extractions, allowing you to recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure.

Extractions, Impacted Teeth, and Wisdom Tooth Removal

Having a tooth extracted may be necessary for numerous reasons. Teeth that have grown impacted, are severely decayed, diseased, or have experienced trauma often need extraction.

Regardless of your need for tooth removal, our Omaha dentist performs strategic and gentle extractions, making sure the tooth removal process is easy and safe. We’ll also provide you with important oral care instructions to ensure your gums and smile heal properly.

What Can I Expect from My Extraction Procedure?

Tooth extraction can take about 30 to 60 minutes. However, you should plan on being in our office for one to two hours, factoring in a final consultation, the tooth removal procedure, and the in-office recovery time needed to wake you from your sedation.

7 Tips to Avoid Dry Socket and Infection

Doing what you can after surgery to prevent complications with infection and dry socket is essential. After your procedure, our dentist will provide you with a detailed list of tips to help you during recovery at home.

Some of these tips include:

  1. Avoid touching the wound or area for any reason other than changing out your gauze
  2. We highly recommend not smoking for at least 72 hours after the procedure or quitting entirely
  3. Eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, ice cream, and pudding for the first week
  4. Avoid soda and other carbonated soft drinks
  5. Avoid using a straw or sucking on hard candies for one week after the procedure
  6. Only take the recommended dose of pain relievers prescribed to you
  7. Contact our office immediately if bleeding or pain continues after the first few days

Dental Implants

If you have one missing tooth or several, dental implants could be the long-term solution you’re looking for! Panneton Dental Group offers comprehensive dental implant treatment, from placement to restoration so that you can enjoy a healthy and functional smile once more.

Consisting of body-safe titanium, dental implants serve as artificial tooth roots when once surgically inserted into your jawbone by our skilled dentist. The posts will fuse with your living soft tissues and bone in a process called osseointegration.

This process creates a reliable and permanent bond between your implant(s) and your jaw, making dental implants a successful resolution for full tooth replacement in up to 95% of cases.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Except for younger children and teens, dental implants are a great option for replacing permanent teeth for just about anyone. It’s important to note, however, that candidates must be in good oral health to promote proper healing after placement. It's also essential that your jawbone is strong and dense enough to support your new implant post(s). Bone grafts are often performed to help build strength to your bone, qualifying you for dental implants.

Your Options for Dental Implant Restoration

If you need to replace a single tooth or all your teeth, our Omaha dental practice has many restorations supported by implants to restore your smile completely.

Our life-like prosthetics include:

A Single-Tooth Implant with a dental crown is a favorable and widely used technique to replace one tooth missing from your smile. Like the rest of our restorations, implant crowns are created to look, feel, and function exactly like a natural tooth.

Implant Bridges utilize one or two implant posts instead of healthy, neighboring teeth for support. Because of this, bridges supported by an implant do not alter remaining teeth, but instead, keep them from shifting out of place.

Implant Dentures can be a variation of hybrid or overdenture that either snap and lock into place or are fixed into place. Both of these options use four or more dental implants as the foundation for long-lasting support.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is a great and fully comprehensive way to restore oral health, dental function, and beauty for those who have suffered trauma or have a variety of smile concerns. This procedure helps treat and address many issues, from worn enamel and uneven bite, to missing teeth and bone loss.

During your consultation, our dentist works closely with you to craft a customized treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. Once finished, you’ll leave our office with the full, functional, and beautiful smile you deserve.

Why Would I Need Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Some reasons to consider this treatment include:

  • Facial trauma
  • Missing teeth
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  • Teeth worn by grinding (bruxism) or clenching
  • Extensive bone loss in the jaw
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Eroded tooth enamel

Sleep Apnea

Though common, sleep apnea is serious. Sufferers of this sleep disorder stop breathing during slumber. Although only for a few seconds, this can occur hundreds of times throughout the night. This interruption of breathing happens because the airways are clogged, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs and oxygen to the brain.

Treating Sleep Apnea with Appliance Therapy

Our goal at Panneton Dental Group is to help you breathe effortlessly and sleep more soundly by offering relief with our sleep apnea appliances. By separating the jaws and pushing them forward slightly, this helps reopen the airways, allowing oxygen to flow freely once more.

Dental appliances for sleep apnea include:

TAP® 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) is a two-part custom-crafted appliance that fits over your teeth, similar to a sports mouthguard. This device moves your jaw forward to prevent your tongue and other soft tissues from blocking the airways. The lower jaw positioner is adjustable, which means we can alter it to exceed your comfort level.

The OASYS Appliance is designed to move the base of your tongue toward the front of your mouth by repositioning your jawbone gently. This opens the area located at the back of your throat, behind the oral cavity, strengthening your upper airways. This adjustable appliance is very comfortable and patient-friendly.

The Klearway ™ Appliance is used to alleviate obstructive sleep apnea and help eliminate snoring. Our dentist does this by moving the jaw forward in adjustments of .25mm at a time, ensuring maximum comfort for while you sleep. This appliance is made from Variflex ™ heat softening acrylic, making it easier to insert. All you’ll need is to run warm water over the appliance to make it work!

The Herbst Telescopic Appliance is held in the mouth by comfortable clasps and grips made for resistance. With this appliance, you’re able to move without dislodging your device. We often recommend this appliance for treating mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea.

If you have any more questions or concerns about our sleep apnea appliances, contact us!

Are You in Need of Oral Surgery? Contact Us Today!

Dr. Mark Panneton and our team welcome referrals from other dentists and self-referral patients. Regardless of the extent of your needs, we have the passion, skill, treatments, and technologies to perform safe and effective oral surgery procedures to get your oral health back on track! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Panneton Dental Group in Omaha.

We look forward to helping you smile!



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