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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Oral Surgery Specialist

When you need oral surgery to relieve pain and correct a dental problem, count on the expertise of the dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, to make your experience comfortable and successful. Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a bone graft to anchor an implant, our team relies on advanced technology and techniques to care for your dental health.

Oral Surgery Q & A

When might you need oral surgery?

You may need oral surgery for an impacted tooth -- a tooth that didn’t grow straight up and is trapped in the gum. When this happens, the impacted tooth may push surrounding teeth out of their normal positions. The tooth can also become painful or infected.

While oral surgery is often needed for an impacted tooth, the tooth doesn’t always have to be removed. In some cases, oral surgery may be used to save the tooth by creating a path that helps the tooth grow properly.

Oral surgery is also used for other dental procedures, such as:

  • Serious gum disease
  • Root canal
  • Dental Implants
  • Tooth extraction

When do you need a bone graft?

The dentists at About Smiles offer comprehensive dental surgery, including bone grafts. A bone graft is often needed before you receive a dental implant, because the implant relies on the strong anchor provided by solid, healthy bone.

The bone that holds your teeth can be eroded by several dental conditions. An injury that shakes a tooth loose can also damage the supporting bone. An infection that begins as gum disease or in the root of a tooth can spread to the bone, and bacteria that thrive in the infection gradually damage the bone.

What is growth factor healing?

Experience in performing oral surgery is important for ensuring optimal outcomes -- and you’ll get that at About Smiles -- but our dentists also stay up-to-date with the latest advances, so they can improve your dental experience.

One such advance, called growth factor healing, is used to speed up your recovery following oral surgery. Your blood contains platelets which are rich sources of substances called growth factors. These growth factors are essential for healing because they:

  • Stimulate cell growth
  • Speed up the healing process
  • Reduce bleeding, swelling, and pain after surgery
  • Stimulate growth of new gum and bone tissue
  • Help bone grafts heal with fewer complications

If your dentist at About Smiles plans to use growth factors, your own platelets will be used. The process is simple: some of your blood is drawn, platelets are removed, then they’re directly applied to the surgery site.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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