Oral Surgery Specialist

Michael R. Nichols, DMD, MD -  - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral & Facial Surgery of Mississippi

Michael R. Nichols, DMD, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon & Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Flowood, MS

If you develop a severe cavity, lose a permanent tooth, or receive a diagnosis of oral cancer, oral surgery can preserve your smile and improve your health. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Mississippi, in Flowood, Mississippi, Michael Nichols, DMD, MD, and the team perform oral surgery on people of all ages. Using safe, effective treatment methodologies, they can minimize uncomfortable symptoms and restore your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member today.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery treats facial trauma and potentially serious health problems affecting the mouth, head, neck, and jaw. It’s performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon — a medical professional who has specialized training in dental procedures.

What are some common types of oral surgery?

The team at Oral & Facial Surgery of Mississippi performs several types of oral surgery, including:

Bone grafts

If you don’t have enough jawbone to support dental implants, consider a bone graft. During a bone graft, the team places a piece of synthetic bone material into your jaw. The synthetic material encourages the production of new, healthy bone tissue, allowing you to receive implants.

Dental implants

Dental implants provide a strong foundation for oral restorations like crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. During dental implant surgery, the team places several metal posts into your jaw. Following treatment, your bone extends around each post, fusing with your bone. 

Oral cancer removal

If the team detects a cancerous lesion during a routine exam or oral cancer screening, they can remove it during a brief outpatient procedure. Prior to treatment, the team administers a local anesthetic, ensuring you’re comfortable throughout the entire operation.

Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent teeth to break through the gum line. Because they come in later than your other teeth, wisdom teeth increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and impaction. Wisdom teeth removal is performed under local anesthesia on-site.

Frenectomy

A frenectomy is a type of oral surgery used to remove the frenulum — a small flap of tissue at the base of your tongue. Children who are “tongue-tied” or have trouble nursing can benefit. A frenectomy typically takes 10-15 minutes. Most people recover within a week. 

Extractions

If you have a tooth abscess, tooth infection, cavities, or decay, the team might recommend extractions. Extractions are a type of oral surgery used to remove your teeth.

Removal of skin lesions and skin cancer

If you develop a lesion or you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, the team might recommend surgical excision. Prior to treatment, they administer a topical numbing gel. Once the anesthetic sets in, the team carefully removes the abnormal or cancerous tissue, leaving your healthy skin intact.

The team also provides oral surgery for other issues, including gum disease, jaw cysts, tooth infections, and tooth abscesses.

Will I benefit from oral surgery?

To determine if you’ll benefit from oral surgery, the team at Oral & Facial Surgery of Mississippi conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. They then take a series of oral X-rays to assess your jaw, tooth roots, and alveolar bone.

After gathering the necessary information, the team can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your budget and needs.

Request your oral surgery consultation at Oral & Facial Surgery of Mississippi today. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.