Minor surgical procedures involving the teeth, gums, and jaw may be needed to preserve or enhance long-term health. While our philosophy rests on maintaining teeth, each situation deserves consideration. So when the discussion we have together leads to a surgical correction, our doctors will take every step necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.

A damaged tooth may need removal if it’s beyond repair. We also understand patients sometimes choose to remove a tooth due to financial limitations. We’ll always work hard to help you find the solution that fits every aspect of your situation. Our doctors use the best methods and equipment to provide a quick and painless visit. Sedation options also offer a range of anxiety-reduction methods that you may wish to consider as well.

Biopsies of suspicious tissue, reshaping of gum defects, or removal of obtrusive bone present scenarios that may also involve surgical correction.

On occasion, our doctors recommend referral to a trusted specialist. Any time they feel you’ll be served best by a colleague trained in a particular treatment, they won’t hesitate to use the best resources for your care.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are a routine dental procedure performed for a range of reasons. One common scenario involves wisdom teeth, the last set of molars, which frequently require removal due to their tendency to erupt improperly. This improper eruption can lead to a variety of oral health problems, including pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth.

Bone Grafts

When tooth loss weakens the jaw for dental implant placement, a bone graft becomes necessary. This procedure involves introducing bone material into the jaw, stimulating natural bone healing, and ensuring the jaw's strength for the successful placement of dental implants.


A long-lasting choice, implant-supported dentistry brings you as close to growing new teeth as possible. Expertly placed in the same bone that once supported teeth, you’ll enjoy the strength and function of a natural tooth. Modern porcelains produce a result so life-like, you may forget they aren’t your natural teeth.

‘‘Thank you North Texas Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for taking such excellent care of me and my teeth, for over 20 years. Hated needing an implant, but when my 20 year old crown failed you were there for the rescue. Bonus was also the “Invisalign” retainers that really made an impact and returned my smile to me. Happy, satisfied customer sliding into my golden years!’’


About an hour after surgery, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat foods that are soft for the first 24 hours after surgery. Avoid hot foods and drinks for several hours after surgery. Also do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours.

Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed on your teeth, gums, jaws or other oral structures. This includes extractions, implants, gum grafts and jaw surgeries.

Serious issues following oral or maxillofacial surgery are rare, but do occur in a small percentage of patients. A reaction to anesthesia can cause confusion, along with a sore throat, nausea and sleepiness, though effects usually wear off within 24 hours.
You can expect any bleeding to stop within the first 24 hours and should feel better after the effects of sedation have worn off. Full healing might take up to two weeks. Contact your dentist or Columbia Smiles if you’ve recently had oral surgery and have questions about your recovery.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.