North Valdosta Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Fernando Alvarado, practices a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. We can also perform a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures, as well as diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and TMJ disorders.

Dental Implants

Dental implants represent the state-of-the-art in dental technology. Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Alvarado performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. The number of implants being placed by Oral Surgeons in the United States continues to grow as patients learn about the many benefits of this long lasting tooth replacement option. [read more]

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. [read more]