Scottsdale & Phoenix Oral Surgery
Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery | Scottsdale, Phoenix, Avondale, AZ
Oral surgery is a primary focus at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery. Dr. Robert Guyette is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and has the expertise, cultivated over 30 years, to help diagnose and correct a variety of conditions of the face. From the removal of teeth due to decay or periodontal disease, to oral pathology, oral cancers, skin cancers and more, the team at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery are truly experts in oral surgery. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Oral Surgery Procedures in Scottsdale, Avondale & Greater Phoenix
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25, at a time of life that has been called “The Age of Wisdom.” When there is insufficient space for these teeth to erupt, they can grow sideways and partially emerge, or become trapped under the gum tissue. Early removal, between the ages of 14 and 18, is recommended to avoid any future issues.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Dr. Guyette specializes in orthognathic (jaw) surgery to improve the function, aesthetics and health of your face, teeth and jaw. While artistically balancing the different elements of your face, Dr. Guyette begins with the basic structure of your jaw and works his way out to fine-tune your appearance. If you have chronic TMJ pain, a pronounced underbite or overbite, or difficulty chewing, breathing or swallowing, you may be a candidate for jaw surgery.
The mouth is a region where changes can be easily seen, and so lesions can be detected early. These changes can occur on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissue around teeth, tongue, face and neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology. We recommend that you do a monthly self-exam. Learn more about oral pathology.
When non-surgical sleep apnea solutions prove unsuccessful, a UPPP procedure can alleviate breathing problems and improve your health. This surgery involves removing some of the soft tissue on the back of your throat to increase the width of your airway, block some of the muscle action that impairs your ability to keep the airway open and improve the movement of the soft palate.
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a small joint located in the front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw to move and function. TMJ disorders are not uncommon, and patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. Some people notice a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouth.
At times, patients will notice small bumps or lesions in their mouth. When a salivary gland becomes blocked, a mucocele will form. This lump is usually firm to the touch and may change in size. These lumps are usually found inside the lower lip, on the roof of the mouth, inside the cheek, or on the floor of the mouth. A mucocele can be diagnosed by your doctor or dentist, but it will ultimately need to be removed by an oral surgeon.
Facial trauma remains a major health and social issue in the US. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages sustain facial injuries from automobile collisions, firearms, athletic activities or altercations. The result may be soft tissue damage to the face and scalp or fractures of the facial bones.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Gum recession is the process in which tissue pulls away from the tooth, exposing the root of the tooth. If not corrected, gum recession may lead to the loss of the tooth. Dr. Guyette can repair the damage of the receding tissue with a procedure called soft tissue grafting. The specific procedure that you may need can be discussed during a consultation and exam with Dr. Guyette.