Hiram Center for Family Dentistry is a do-it-all dental practice, which means that our patients don’t have to drive all over town to receive the dental treatment they need. Even complex surgical procedures like extractions, dental implant placement and soft tissue grafting can be completed right here in our state-of-the-art facility.

While we’re proud of our advanced technology, we haven’t forgotten that the most important aspect of your visit is your comfort. Our in-house anesthesiologist, Dr. Marcus Polk, is trained and certified to provide a variety of dental and general sedation methods that will keep you comfortable throughout treatment. Many of our general dentists are also certified to provide oral conscious and IV sedation.

Surgical Dental Treatments

Most older teens and young adults will eventually need their wisdom teeth (also known as “third molars”) removed. Because wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, there is often not enough room left in the mouth to accommodate them. The lack of space can cause wisdom teeth to come in sideways, only partially erupt or become impacted within the gums.

The disadvantages of keeping impacted, sideways or partially-erupted wisdom teeth include:

    • Shifting of permanent teeth
    • Jaw pain & headaches
    • Chronic sinus infections

Our in-house oral surgery specialist, Dr. Shahriari, will evaluate the status of your wisdom teeth with a visual exam and panoramic X-ray. If it turns out that they’re not erupting properly, he will explain your options for removal (traditional extraction or surgical removal) and thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of each method.

Wisdom teeth removal at Hiram Center for Family Dentistry is an out-patient procedure that can be completed in an hour or two. We also offer oral conscious sedation and intravenous sedation to make it as painless and stress-free as possible.

Unlike many dental offices, Hiram Center for Family Dentistry is completely equipped to provide the surgical placement of dental implants. This means that the same specialist who places your dental implant will be the one to restore it with a natural-looking crown, bridge or full set of dentures.

During the surgical phase of the dental implant procedure, a small titanium post is placed in the upper or lower jaw to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Because of the biocompatible properties of titanium, the post will eventually fuse with your jawbone to become a solid anchor for the restoration that goes on top of it. Dental implants can be used as a solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth, and for stabilizing dentures.

There are a number of reasons why patients are referred to Dr. Shahriari for a bone graft. The most common reason is to strengthen weakened bone in the jaw to prepare it for a dental implant. If you’ve been missing a tooth for some time, or if you have had severe gum disease, your jaw bone in the affected area will likely have weakened. A jaw bone graft can replace missing bone and even stimulate new bone growth so your jaw will be able to support a dental implant.

Other reasons for bone grafts include dental trauma, the effects of disfiguring diseases such as cancer, and congenital conditions like cleft palate that need to be addressed.

Oral cysts are small, fluid-filled bumps on the gums and soft tissues. Cysts are usually painless, and while they can be cancerous (malignant), they usually are not. An oral tumor is a lump of tissue cells that may or may not be painful. While tumors are more frequently cancerous than oral cysts, many oral tumors are non-cancerous (benign).

If you think you might have an oral cyst or tumor, please have it examined by Dr. Shahriari or one of our Hiram dentists as soon as possible. If Dr. Shahriari identifies a cyst or oral tumor, he will typically perform a biopsy to determine the type (benign or malignant). Even if a cyst or tumor is not cancerous, he may recommend removal since cysts and tumors can interfere with teeth and bone structures, and since a non-cancerous cyst or tumor could possibly become cancerous later.

We look forward to getting to know you and your family!