Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:37:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com 32 32 Why Choose an OMS for Your Oral and Facial Procedures? https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/why-choose-an-oms-for-your-oral-and-facial-procedures/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/why-choose-an-oms-for-your-oral-and-facial-procedures/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/why-choose-an-oms-for-your-oral-and-facial-procedures/ Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have highly specialized training beyond that of other dental professionals, which is why many dentists refer their patients to an OMS for more complex procedures. Oral surgeons undergo years of extensive training and experience, ensuring that you receive the best possible treatment. All of us at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery want you to feel confident…

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have highly specialized training beyond that of other dental professionals, which is why many dentists refer their patients to an OMS for more complex procedures. Oral surgeons undergo years of extensive training and experience, ensuring that you receive the best possible treatment. All of us at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery want you to feel confident that you are receiving the best possible care, and our oral surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, has years of experience and expert training. To give you a better idea of what exactly an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is, we’ve provided some additional information about the education and training process that oral surgeons must go through before treating patients.

Future oral surgeons must choose a residency program approved by the American Dental Association’s Commission of Dental Accreditation after they’ve fully completed dental school. These residency programs can vary between four and six years in length, and they include extensive training in many different procedures, including training in the proper administration of anesthesia.

Some oral surgeons choose to earn a dual degree in both dentistry and medicine; these surgeons are both licensed oral surgeons and medical doctors. Dual degrees, on average, take another six years to complete, as participants perform not only oral surgery but also all surgeries that a typical medical intern would perform. All of this surgical training is in addition to the undergraduate and dental degrees they received before starting medical school. In short, both paths for oral surgeons include years of training beyond what is typically required of other dental professionals, which allows them to provide you with the best possible care.

Additionally, oral surgeons tend to perform certain procedures, like wisdom teeth removal and the placement of dental implants, more often than other dental professionals do. Choosing a doctor with the most experience and training is crucial when it comes to something as important as your smile.

We want to ensure that you feel comfortable with all aspects of your treatment when you visit us at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Fred Simonton’s extensive training translates into exceptional quality care for you as our patient, so you can rest assured that your smile is in good hands. You can also feel confident that our highly trained staff is here to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about our practice and treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for reading!

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When to Know to Trust Your Oral Surgeon & Overcome Your Fear of Oral Surgery Procedures https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/oral-surgeon-trust-overcoming-fear-of-oral-surgery/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/oral-surgeon-trust-overcoming-fear-of-oral-surgery/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/oral-surgeon-trust-overcoming-fear-of-oral-surgery/ Do you feel restless? Are your palms sweating? Do you have a nervous stomach? These are clear signs of anxiety, and if you’ve undergone any kind of surgery, you are probably no stranger to these uneasy feelings. Many patients visit their oral surgeon having never undergone a surgical procedure before and worry about their comfort level. But thankfully, oral surgeons…

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Do you feel restless? Are your palms sweating? Do you have a nervous stomach? These are clear signs of anxiety, and if you’ve undergone any kind of surgery, you are probably no stranger to these uneasy feelings. Many patients visit their oral surgeon having never undergone a surgical procedure before and worry about their comfort level. But thankfully, oral surgeons have the expertise and training to offer in-office sedation safely.

Thanks to extensive training and hands-on experience in a teaching hospital, your oral surgeon is extremely aware of the risks and the correct procedure for administering all types of sedation. Oral & maxillofacial surgeons can use several techniques to reduce anxiety during procedures, including a calming office environment. But oral surgery practices also utilize the common local anesthetic (numbing with lidocaine), Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas), and Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation) to calm even the most worried patient’s nerves.

When undergoing surgery with the aid of anesthesia, it is important to understand the risks. This primarily means ensuring that you are receiving anesthesia from a qualified professional. Side effects of anesthesia can range from a backache to light-headedness or low blood pressure, but there are also more serious cases of amnesia or the inability to breathe. If the anesthetic is administered incorrectly, or there is insufficient monitoring during treatment, there is potential for it to result in problems.

Oral surgeons are the highest-trained dental professionals to administer anesthetics. Oral surgeons spend a minimum of 4 years training in a hospital, including significant time spent with anesthesiologists learning to safely administer anesthesia, which makes the risk factors much less prominent when anesthesia is administered by an experienced, professional oral surgeon. Their thorough training is just one of the several reasons you should see an oral surgeon for your dental implant needs and wisdom teeth removal! You can feel confident that you will receive the safest care from an oral surgeon.

There is risk associated with any medical procedure, but the facts don’t lie; out of millions of patients that are treated with anesthesia, the fatality rate is only .01%. To ensure you receive the best anesthetic option for you, your oral surgeon will take into consideration your medical history, the treatment being provided, and your personal preferences. Your oral surgeon is there to help you and talk you through the process so that you feel comfortable throughout your treatment.

Here at Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, it is of the utmost importance to us that you know you can trust your oral surgeon. If you have more questions about anesthesia or would like to talk to one of our experienced oral surgeons for an upcoming oral surgery, please call our office or utilize our website and schedule a consultation.

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A Higher Quality of Life with Dental Implants https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/higher-quality-of-life-dental-implants/ If you are reading this, you may have interest in pursuing dental implants and are looking at your options. Dental implants are innovative and offer countless benefits, making them favored over removable dentures or bridges. Dental implant mechanics are relatively simple; the first step is to insert a small, medical-grade titanium post into the jaw bone. That post is the…

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If you are reading this, you may have interest in pursuing dental implants and are looking at your options. Dental implants are innovative and offer countless benefits, making them favored over removable dentures or bridges. Dental implant mechanics are relatively simple; the first step is to insert a small, medical-grade titanium post into the jaw bone. That post is the physical implant that naturally bonds with the jaw bone. Next, an abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the crown is placed on top of the abutment, securing the three pieces together. The end result looks like a natural tooth. Dental implants are very secure, offering long-term convenience and a new sense of confidence in patients.

This positive trend is something we have experienced with our patients who have received dental implants, but now, according to a new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and published in the International Journal of Dentistry, osteoporotic women who have dental implant procedures to replace teeth that have been lost may experience a higher overall quality of life.

They studied 237 participants, comparing those who had missing teeth replaced by dental implants versus those who have missing teeth and do not have dental implants. The study also observed their overall health, including emotional, sexual, and overall quality of life. It concluded that dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth has a direct positive relationship on a woman’s quality of life compared to those who are living with missing teeth or use partial restorations or removable dentures.

Osteoporosis is a bone condition that causes a loss of bone or hinders the regeneration of bone. Osteoporosis sufferers are more prone to breaks or fractured bones. Osteoporosis affects women more than men due to loss of estrogen during menopause, but osteoporosis ensues based on a number of factors, like aging, hormonal changes, or calcium or vitamin D deficiency.

Many people don’t realize how osteoporosis can directly impact their oral health. If you have osteoporosis, you can lose bone in the jaw, and this can lead to tooth loss and a weakened jaw bone. If you needed dental implants, you wouldn’t be able to move forward with the procedure unless you had a bone graft restoration prior to the dental implant placement. Jaw bone loss can also cause dentures to be ill-fitting or unsupported, causing additional discomfort.

Your best bet to avoid tooth loss and osteoporosis is to take preventative steps. While dental implants are an excellent solution for tooth loss, routine oral hygiene and maintaining your general health are the best ways to ensure a healthy smile and body. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation to have your questions answered, please contact our office today!

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Most people consider dental implants to be a modern procedure. But in actuality, ancient forms of dental implants have been documented as far back as 4,000 years ago.

From pegs carved out of bamboo in China, to copper in Egypt, and iron teeth in Western Europe, all have been used through history as primitive forms of dental implants.

So it’s safe to say that even our ancestors knew the importance of replacing missing teeth! Without a tooth in place to replace the missing one, the empty space can cause a host of other unfortunate issues including bone degradation, speech problems, premature wrinkling around the face, and oral infection, just to name a few. Problems like these make dental implants such an important, progressive, and popular procedure.

Today, the modern dental implant consists of three parts:

  • The implant itself, made of medical-grade titanium, and is placed right into the jaw and acts as the replacement tooth root;
  • An abutment is attached to the top of the implant and performs like an anchor between the implant and the crown;
  • A crown, which is the last piece, is placed on top of the abutment and appears and functions like a natural tooth

Advances in modern dentistry have made it so that dental implants have an incredibly high success rate (96%). For patients who are missing several (or even all) of their teeth, a multiple dental implant solution may be the best choice. Instead of implanting each dental implant one by one, the All-On-Four procedure is a type of dental implant technique that is a perfect solution for those who have decaying or missing teeth. It is one of the most popular solutions that provide the quick, long-term results that patients are looking for.

The All-On-Four procedure works with the basic principles of a single dental implant but instead it accommodates the full upper and/or lower arch of teeth. It is considered an efficient, strong, and permanent solution to a full and complete dental restoration. After a short surgical procedure and a minimal recovery time, many All-On-Four patients are very happy they chose the All-On-Four.

For more information about the All-On-Four procedure and to determine if you’re a candidate, please schedule a consultation with our office today.

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What You Should Know About That Dreaded Dry Socket https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/prevent-dry-sockets-gainesville/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/prevent-dry-sockets-gainesville/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/prevent-dry-sockets-gainesville/ Patients who have their wisdom teeth removed should follow their oral surgeon’s advice to avoid this painful complication Sure, a dry socket sounds bad, but you should know it feels worse. Having your wisdom teeth removed has become a safer process, but this is only when the procedure is performed by a trained oral surgeon. But one outcome, known as…

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Patients who have their wisdom teeth removed should follow their oral surgeon’s advice to avoid this painful complication
Sure, a dry socket sounds bad, but you should know it feels worse.
Having your wisdom teeth removed has become a safer process, but this is only when the procedure is performed by a trained oral surgeon. But one outcome, known as “dry socket,” can lead to serious discomfort and oral infection. Luckily, we have outlined a series of steps that, if followed correctly, will prevent dry socket from occurring.

A dry socket can happen soon after the wisdom tooth has been extracted. Within the empty tooth socket, a blood clot forms in the space and helps to protect the jawbone and nerves beneath. Rarely, that protective blood clot dissolves or dislodges one to three days after surgery. When the empty socket is exposed, this allows for bacteria to enter in the surgical site and infection may occur. The severe dry socket pain typically lasts up to a week. If that happens, you will need to contact your oral surgeon and they will help by cleaning the infected area. It may also be necessary to apply a healing ointment, and prescribe antibiotics.

Dry socket only happens to a small fraction of patients – about 1 in 20 at most. But we want to stress that you don’t be the 1 in 20! We recommend a series of steps to all of our patients before and after surgery, which is designed to ensure this condition doesn’t happen to you.

Before your procedure, we recommend:

  • Let us know what kind of medication you are on
  • Depending on your oral health, we may ask that you use oral antibiotics
  • You may also be asked to use an antibacterial mouthwash

After your procedure, we recommend:

  • Keeping your mouth clean. This can be accomplished by gently brushing the teeth. You will want to avoid swishing and spitting liquid out of your mouth
  • You will want to rest for at least 24 hours after surgery, and avoid any strenuous exercise or activity for a week
  • On the second day after the extraction, gently rinse with warm salt water every two hours and following meals
  • It is important to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, and avoid any alcohol, caffeine, fizzy drinks and hot beverages for the duration of healing
  • Do not use a straw for at least a week
  • Eat soft foods to ensure proper healing, like thick soups, mashed potatoes, milkshakes, etc. until your surgical sites have healed
  • Smoking or using any other tobacco is not recommended

If you are looking for a qualified, skilled, and specially trained oral surgeon to remove your wisdom teeth, we are happy to schedule a consultation appointment and answer your questions. Call us at (770) 531-1075 today!

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CBCT: Cone Beam Computed Tomography https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/cbct-cone-beam-computed-tomography/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/cbct-cone-beam-computed-tomography/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/cbct-cone-beam-computed-tomography/ Cone beam computed tomography offer us a window into your teeth and jaws In the beginning of medical imagery X-rays were considered new and truly innovative to help treat patients. X-rays have been used regularly in the medical profession for decades so every kind of doctor and surgeon can take a look inside the human body without having to make…

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Cone beam computed tomography offer us a window into your teeth and jaws

In the beginning of medical imagery X-rays were considered new and truly innovative to help treat patients. X-rays have been used regularly in the medical profession for decades so every kind of doctor and surgeon can take a look inside the human body without having to make a cut.

The field of radiology has come a long way since the first X-ray image. A variety of new devices and medical imaging methods have been developed and introduced worldwide. One standout to this growing list has turned out to be extremely helpful and beneficial to us and our oral surgery practice: cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT.

Cone beam computed tomography combines the accessibility of old-fashioned X-rays with the raw imaging that modern-day computers can provide. To use the cone beam imaging device, it simply encircles the patient’s teeth and jaws, taking numerous photos using cone-shaped X-rays. The process is completed quickly, and the “volumetric data set” (or large sample of images) is woven together into a single three-dimensional image.

It’s that 3D definition that we need to give us a far better view of a patient’s teeth and jaws. The image can even rotate in any direction as needed to offer more visibility. So preparing to perform dental implant or facial reconstruction procedures is inclusive to this better view prior to surgery. Conditions like oral cysts, a particular pathological process or anything else surgeons need to see are clear as day.

Now, CBCT are in regular use and this includes our office. Improvements and advances in imaging techniques are happening all the time –one recent announcement from a CBCT maker in 2011 declared that its latest device reduced radiation exposure by over 50 percent. (The FDA concluded that radiation from dental CBCT exams are safe, but people under 21 are advised to avoid all forms of radiation exposure unless medically necessary.)

CBCT technology was originally introduced commercially in the early 2000s and it didn’t long to catch on because by 2005, researchers were reporting in medical journals that cone beam computed tomography was here to stay. And we have to agree; cone beam computed tomography may seem like just another chapter in the long history of medical advancements–but for us, it’s one that is greatly enhances our ability to treat patients.

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A New Bone Grafting Procedure Shows Decreased Risk of Complications https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-bone-grafting-procedure-shows-decreased-risk-complications/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-bone-grafting-procedure-shows-decreased-risk-complications/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-bone-grafting-procedure-shows-decreased-risk-complications/ Researchers are investigating a new surgical technique at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Doctors and scientists are attempting to discover whether stem cells grown from the body can be used in bone grafting. The goal is to use the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate to aid in bone repair; this includes…

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Researchers are investigating a new surgical technique at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Doctors and scientists are attempting to discover whether stem cells grown from the body can be used in bone grafting. The goal is to use the body’s natural ability to heal and regenerate to aid in bone repair; this includes the jaw bone. This technique aims to replace more traditional bone grafting procedures.

To establish a graft source for the mouth, there are multiple bone grafting techniques already commonly used. An oral surgeon can pull a piece of bone from another location within the patient’s body (autogenous graft), utilize a cadaver (allograft graft) or an animal such as a cow (xenograft graft). The autogenous graft is a favored option because the surgeon is removing a piece of bone from another location in the patient’s body – such as the hip or chin – which tends to offer the patient the best results.

Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Dr. Liping Tang, the bioengineering chair and professor at UT Arlington, are leading the research for natural stem cell growth to disregard alternatives for bone-graft harvesting altogether.

The process uses biodegradable polymer scaffolding material with bone morphogenetic protein, or BMP. Basically, this combination stimulates natural bone growth. So far, this method has only been performed on mice but when this engineered combination is inserted into the abdomen, it’s proven to attract stem cells. The study determined that that those stem cells produced bone and harbored healthy bone growth.

Drs. Tang and Borrelli hope this surgical development will not only reduce medical costs associated with grafting, but also reduce the risk of post-surgical complications. The patient’s cell material will remain inside the body, cutting down on medical cost and surgical time. The scaffolding material and protein combination will be created and then injected where the bone needs to grow. In addition, the patient will not have to experience any discomfort from an additional procedure to harvest bone.

Although this procedure is still ongoing and will undergo additional research and testing, it shows major promise as a medical advancement in bone grafting that will benefit both patients and doctors alike.

References: UT Arlington, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Researchers Looking To Create New Bone Tissue Generation Technique.http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2014/04/tang-borrelli-bone tissue.php. Updated April 9, 2014. Accessed January 19, 2015.

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Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and TMJ Specialist Helps Secure FDA Approval for New Anchor Device https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/gainesville-oral-maxillofacial-surgeon-tmj-specialist-helps-secure-fda-approval-new-anchor-device/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/gainesville-oral-maxillofacial-surgeon-tmj-specialist-helps-secure-fda-approval-new-anchor-device/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/gainesville-oral-maxillofacial-surgeon-tmj-specialist-helps-secure-fda-approval-new-anchor-device/ Gainesville, Georgia (November 4, 2014) – Some estimates suggest that Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders affect more than 10 million Americans today, making it the second most common cause of facial pain after toothache. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons like Fred H. Simonton, DMD, of Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery help relieve the pain and discomfort brought on by this condition through…

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Gainesville, Georgia (November 4, 2014) – Some estimates suggest that Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders affect more than 10 million Americans today, making it the second most common cause of facial pain after toothache. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons like Fred H. Simonton, DMD, of Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery help relieve the pain and discomfort brought on by this condition through a specialized surgery. What sets his procedure apart is the cutting-edge bone anchor that he uses to support the joint, which he helped earn FDA approval this month.

The temporomandibular joint, more commonly known as the TMJ, is a hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull, and enables your mouth to open, close and move side-to-side smoothly. Some people experience pain in this joint and the surrounding muscles, or have difficulty chewing, causing a condition known as TMJ disorder, which is much more common than people think.

As an experienced oral surgeon and TMJ Specialist, Dr. Simonton has treated a number of patients suffering from this condition, and recently shared his expertise at The American Society of Temporomandibular Surgeons (ASTMJS).

“I was using another type of anchor for some time but discovered the impressive capabilities of the Biomet Sports Medicine JuggerKnot™ Soft Anchor, so I made the switch and saw excellent results,” said Dr. Simonton. “At the time, I was the only doctor in the United States using the JuggerKnot™, but since the introduction, other surgeons are now using the JuggerKnot™ for TMJ surgery.”

Dr. Simonton shared these results at the 2013 ASTMJS Meeting in a presentation entitled, “Introduction of a New TMJ Meniscal Plication Device,” which covered the use of bone anchors in TMJ surgery and the benefits of using the JuggerKnot™ Soft Anchor over typical metal anchors.

As compared to original bone anchors, which were developed for use in orthopedic surgery procedures such as rotator cuff repair, bicep tendon reattachment and hand surgery, improved bone anchors offer far superior support and comfort.

“The newer bone anchors are non-metallic, preventing radiographic distortion and making them hypoallergenic for patients with metal allergies,” said Dr. Simonton. “They also provide much better results for patients since they have a higher pullout strength and require less bone removal.”

Since Dr. Simonton’s presentation at the ASTMJS Meeting, oral surgeons and TMJ specialists worldwide have started using the now FDA-approved JuggerKnot™ Soft Anchor to provide better outcomes for TMJ surgery patients.

For more information about Dr. Fred Simonton, visit his Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice website at www.oralsurgeryofgainesville.com or his Oconee County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery practice website at www.athens-clarke-oconee-oralsurgery.com.

About Fred H. Simonton III, DMD

Dr. Fred Simonton is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and TMJ specialist, offering outstanding services for orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery, wisdom teeth extraction, dental implant placement, as well as TMJ related treatments. Dr. Simonton serves as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and received board certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1990. He maintains professional memberships of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons, among others. He served as the president of the Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, he is an honorable fellow of the Georgia Dental Association, and he is appointed on the hospital staff of the Gainesville Surgery Center and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

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Board-Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and TMJ Specialist Provides Two New Educational Resources for Patients in Georgia https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-educational-resources-for-patients-in-georgia/ https://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-educational-resources-for-patients-in-georgia/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:44:26 +0000 http://oralsurgeryofgainesville.com/new-educational-resources-for-patients-in-georgia/ Dr. Fred Simonton and staff are educating Gainesville and Oconee County patients with videos, patient testimonials, online resources, and more Gainesville & Oconee County, Georgia (September 15, 2014) – Fred H. Simonton III, DMD always had a dream of helping people in need of oral and maxillofacial surgery, so he dedicated years of his life to gaining the experience necessary…

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Dr. Fred Simonton and staff are educating Gainesville and Oconee County patients with videos, patient testimonials, online resources, and more

Gainesville & Oconee County, Georgia (September 15, 2014) – Fred H. Simonton III, DMD always had a dream of helping people in need of oral and maxillofacial surgery, so he dedicated years of his life to gaining the experience necessary to become an expert in restoring the function and aesthetics of jaws, faces and mouths. Now, as a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and an expert in the field of TMJ Disorders and corrective jaw treatment, Dr. Simonton is highly qualified to provide effective surgical treatment for a variety of oral and facial problems. Not only do Dr. Simonton and his friendly and skilled office and surgical staff maintain an all-encompassing dental care facility in Gainesville, but also in Oconee County, Georgia.

The two practice locations provide patients with treatments for a variety of oral and facial problems, including restoration of missing teeth with dental implant placement, extraction of impacted wisdom teeth, removal of failing teeth, treatment of TMJ disorders, jaw realignment with corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting, and surgical treatment of facial trauma injuries.

“We use the latest advances in dentistry to provide the best possible care for each and every patient,” said Dr. Simonton. “Treatment in our practices is only one part of the equation, though. Our goal as a practice is also to educate patients on everything they need to know in order to take proper care of their mouth prior to and following surgery to ensure the best outcome.”

Dr. Simonton and his staff members maintain two online resources that provide a full range of informative videos and content that are available to patients 24 hours a day. By visiting www.oralsurgeryofgainesville.com, patients of Gainesville and surrounding communities can discover everything they need to know prior to oral surgery, such as how to prepare for anesthesia, when to start fasting and what to bring to the appointment. In addition, patient testimonial videos showcase real-life stories from patients who have experienced the same procedure at Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

“We’ve found that patients feel much more at ease when they hear from a patient who has gone through the same procedure,” said Dr. Simonton. “We encourage our patients to visit our online resources to learn more about their procedure both before they come in and following their surgery so they are well informed and heal properly.”

In addition to the online resource at www.oralsurgeryofgainesville.com, the practice maintains another resource for their patients in Oconee County and surrounding communities at www.athens-clarke-oconee-oral surgery.com. This website enables patients visiting Oconee County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to obtain proper education about their surgery. Additional resources, such as insurance and payment options, instructions for requesting an appointment, and pre-operative care guidelines offer comprehensive material that informs them of all facets of the treatment process from the moment they schedule their consultation, to the moment they walk out of post-op.

For more information about Gainesville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, visit www.oralsurgeryofgainesville.com. For more information about Oconee County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, visit www.athens-clarke-oconee-oralsurgery.com.

About Fred H. Simonton III, DMD

Dr. Fred Simonton is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and TMJ specialist, offering outstanding services for orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery, wisdom teeth extraction, dental implant placement, as well as TMJ related treatments. Dr. Simonton serves as an adjunct assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and received board certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1990. He maintains professional memberships of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons, among others. He served as the president of the Georgia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, he is an honorable fellow of the Georgia Dental Association, and he is appointed on the hospital staff of the Gainesville Surgery Center and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.

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