We Have Resumed Normal Business Hours

Our patients, team members, and their families are the center of all we do as a company. Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery is closely monitoring guidelines from the CDC and are dedicated to keeping people safe and healthy.

We are resuming normal business hours and operations including all elective and non-elective treatments. As we re-open we want our patients to know they will see some changes in our offices including but not limited to social distancing measures, increased sanitization, increased use of PPE, and other changes. These changes are to protect our staff and patients as we are committed to serving the needs of our community during these difficult times.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and update our response as more information is made available from the CDC. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Meet Vicki

Vicki’s tooth extraction procedure went much better than she expected.

The team at Mountain State is just great. From once you walk through the door til you walk out the other door, it’s wonderful. They’re a very compassionate group of people. It went very, very well. It went better than I expected. I was pretty terrified at first, but everyone was very assuring and that everything was going to go okay, and it did. My health has improved; no more headaches. If you live in the Nitro area and are looking for somewhere to have oral surgery, I would definitely recommend Mountain State Oral.

Common reasons for tooth extractions include tooth decay, wisdom teeth, and impacted canines (teeth that fail to emerge through the gums). Here is more information about impacted canines.

What are impacted canines?

When teeth are unable to erupt into their proper position in the dental arch, they are considered to be impacted. Aside from wisdom teeth, canines are the most common teeth to become impacted. While wisdom teeth can simply be removed, canine teeth cannot. They are too important to the development of your bite to be extracted. Instead, oral surgeons must work with your orthodontist to bring the teeth into their proper position.

What causes impacted canines?

Canine teeth typically begin developing around age 10 and can finish developing any time in the next few years. The most common reasons that canine teeth experience impaction include the following:

  • Baby teeth not falling out before adult teeth begin growing in
  • Extra teeth present in the dental arch
  • Other teeth crowding the canine tooth’s spot in the arch
  • Bone or growths blocking the canine tooth’s path

How does treatment work?

When impacted canines are discovered while they are still in the early development stages, braces may be sufficient treatment. Braces can shift your other teeth into proper alignment and make room for the canines to be pulled down into their place. When the impaction has developed past the early stages, however, a more involved treatment may be required. Exposure and bonding is the most common treatment for impacted canines, and it involves teamwork between your oral surgeon and orthodontist.

Patients who need an expose and bond procedure must typically still receive braces. It’s up to your braces to move your other teeth out of the way so that when it’s time for the canines to emerge, they have room to do so. Once your other teeth are in their proper position, your oral surgeon will expose the impacted tooth in the gums, and attach a bracket and small chain. Your orthodontist will use this chain to pull the canine down slowly into its place in the dental arch.

The roots of the canine tooth can fuse with your bone in very rare instances. This happens if canines are not discovered or addressed until late development stages. In these cases, the tooth must be extracted. If your impacted tooth requires removal, we will discuss all of your tooth replacement options with you, including dental implants.

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Now that you’ve listened to stories from our patients, we encourage you to learn more about our doctors, team, and practice so you can see how we dedicate our time to provide the highest quality treatments with the most up-to-date technology.