Insurance and Oral Surgery

At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we participate as “in-network” providers for many of the most popular dental plans*. When you call our office to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons, please be prepared to let us know about your insurance. We will be able to confirm that we are or are not an in-network provider.

Before your appointment, please complete the registration form online at texasoralsurgery.com. Provide correct information. In addition, you must bring your insurance card and identification with you to the appointment.

Following your examination, a treatment plan will be established and one of our experienced insurance verifiers will contact your insurance provider. Within 72 hours (2 to 3 business days) of your visit, you can expect a phone call with an estimate of how much your surgical procedure will cost, how much insurance is expected to cover and what portion will be your responsibility. It is important to know that the totals that we communicate to you are our best estimates and are based on the information that the insurance company provides to our verifier during a telephone conversation.

There are several things that will affect what your insurance will pay:

  • Does your insurance plan cover the prescribed treatment? It is not uncommon for some services to be covered while others are not.
  • What is the maximum coverage allowed by your plan and have you exhausted your annual dental coverage? Did you have cavities filled or a root canal performed? These services chip away at your benefits and will reduce the amount left over for oral surgery.
  • Do you have a deductible or a co-pay?

It is our objective at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to help you maximize your dental benefits. We encourage you to become familiar with your insurance benefits and ask questions so that you understand how insurance will play a part in the financial aspect of your oral surgery. For more information please contact one of our six locations today.

 


*Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has opted out of Medicare and does not accept any Medicare supplemental plans.

Choosing a Dental Specialist

“Today’s dental patients are able to choose from a variety of innovative procedures, from dental implants that may improve their smile and their ability to eat and speak, to adult braces made from clear, almost invisible materials. When choosing a dental professional to provide the service, however, many patients may not understand the difference between a dental specialist and dentists who say they “specialize” in a particular procedure. It is an important distinction that could affect the outcome of your dental procedure.”

 

Read the full article Choosing a Dental Specialist from Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons here.

What to Ask Before Oral Surgery

When administered and monitored by an anesthesia team led by a well-trained and highly skilled surgeon, all levels of sedation, up to and including general anesthesia, may be safely, comfortably and predictably provided to patients undergoing an office-based dental surgical procedure. As with any surgery, however, it is essential that patients, as key members of their healthcare team, take an active role in their treatment choices and ask the following questions before selecting a dental specialist and office for their procedure.

Make sure to ask the following questions  Before Oral Surgery.

 


*Information is courtesy of the Texas Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Are Dental Implants the Best Option?

We understand that dealing with the loss of one or more teeth can cause anxiety for our patients. Whether a tooth has been lost to injury, neglect, improper dental hygiene, dental caries or gum disease, it is important to replace the tooth (or teeth) in order to restore functionality and appearance. At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, patients are typically referred to us by general dentists who have diagnosed a condition which requires a surgical treatment, usually an extraction of one or more diseased teeth. Once the tooth (or teeth) is surgically extracted, how will it be replaced? Without a doubt, the best replacement option is a dental implant.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium, a biocompatible implant material which encourages the fusion of implant and bone. The implant is surgically anchored into the jaw and provides a foundation for restoration. It is this foundation which will preserve jaw bone and adjacent teeth and provide a long term successful solution to tooth loss. The placement of the dental implant is a surgical procedure and should be completed by a surgical specialist such as the surgeons at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery who are experienced and skilled in the successful placement of dental implants. Each surgeon works closely with a patient’s general dentist to coordinate a treatment plan. In most cases, the oral surgeon will surgically extract teeth, prepare the jaw for implants with bone grafting if necessary, and finally surgically place the implants and abutments. A patient’s general dentist will complete a treatment plan by restoring the site with either a crown, bridge, or dentures.

When facing the need to replace missing teeth, the surgeons at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery want to reduce a patient’s anxiety and encourage them to opt for dental implants that will provide the foundation for the successful restoration of functionality and appearance as well as preservation of jaw bone. For more information about dental implants or the surgeons at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, please visit texasoralsurgery.com.

What to Expect after Wisdom Teeth Surgery

tooth - Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial SurgeryWisdom teeth surgery can be a scary proposition for many young patients who have never undergone IV anesthesia or any type of surgery. At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we encourage our patients to have confidence that all will be okay and that the removal of their wisdom teeth will be easier than anticipated. Our board-certified oral surgeons at NWOMS are highly trained and experienced in the administration of anesthesia and the extraction of wisdom teeth. To make the whole process go as smoothly as possible, we recommend the following:

Arrive at the oral surgeon’s office on time and with an empty stomach! If you didn’t follow pre-op instructions regarding food and drink, you will not be able to have surgery. Many people, including your caregiver and surgeon, will be disappointed, to say the least!

Your surgical assistant and surgeon will prepare you for surgery and will administer your intravenous anesthesia. Before you know it, you will be asleep and your wisdom teeth will be removed.

While you recover in the operatory, you will be closely monitored by your surgical assistant. Meanwhile, your surgeon will visit with your parent(s)/caregiver and review post-op instructions. Soon, you will be released, wheeled to your car and on your way home.

Once you are home, it is time to rest and recover. When lying down, keep your head elevated. Apply ice packs to your face. You can use a zip-top bag filled with ice, gel ice packs or even bags of frozen peas and corn. Apply the ice packs for 30 minutes at a time with a 10-minute break in between application.

Change the gauze out every hour as long as there is bleeding.

Follow your surgeon’s instructions for pain medication. Numbness will wear off within 6 to 10 hours. You may only need to take ibuprofen for the pain. Or you may need the stronger narcotic. Keep in mind that the narcotic may cause nausea and vomiting, especially when taken on an empty stomach.

You will probably be a little hungry, too. Drink cool liquids such as apple juice, Gatorade or water. (Don’t drink from straw, though.) Once liquids are tolerated, you can enjoy some soft food such as jello, pudding or ice cream. Strive to eat and drink normally to prevent dehydration and loss of energy.

Brush teeth as you normally would, but be careful around the surgical sites. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water about 5 or 6 times a day.

On Day 3, you can begin to use moist heat (a warm, damp towel) to help with swelling.

Refrain from strenuous physical activity for about 5 to 7 days post-op. This includes football, cheer, dance and band practice/performance. We will give you a doctor’s note to excuse you from participation.

Refer to the specific post-op instructions that were included in your take-home bag. Call your surgeon’s office if you have any questions or concerns. See below for what is normal and what is not:

Normal:

  • Bleeding that can be controlled
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Dry and/or numb lips and stiff jaw muscle
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slight elevation of temperature
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

 

Concern:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • No gradual improvement
  • Persistence of pain
  • Worsening of swelling

 

We look forward to seeing you at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Visit texasoralsurgery.com for even more information!

Preparing for Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Welcome to Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our priority is to provide compassionate care in the safest surgical environment. Thank you for choosing our practice for your wisdom teeth surgery. Teens and young adults can prepare for surgery by following the guidelines listed below:

  • No eating or drinking after midnight prior to surgery. This is for your safety. The risk of administering anesthesia on a “full stomach” is regurgitation and subsequent obstruction of your airway. This is a very serious complication. Don’t risk it.
  • Be honest about the over-the-counter and prescribed medications that you take. Help us avoid unpleasant or unsafe interactions with anesthesia.
  • Be honest about recreational drug and alcohol use. Believe it or not, a body which is accustomed to drugs and alcohol will pose different challenges. Help us prepare in advance for this challenge.
  • Do not smoke for 12 hours prior to surgery. Better yet, just don’t smoke!
  • Get your room at home ready for your recovery. Charge your tablet, find the remote and gather your pillows. You will be resting for a couple of days, so make the most of it.
  • Stock up on the right food to eat when you return home. We suggest ice cream, smoothies, mashed potatoes and other soft foods.
  • Arrive at the office in comfortable clothing such as sweat pants and t-shirts. Do not wear contacts — opt for glasses instead.
  • Young ladies should pull their hair back, remove nail polish and jewelry, and leave the lipstick at home. You are beautiful just the way you are!
  • Bring your parent(s) to the surgery appointment. You can’t drive yourself home! Your parent or guardian must stay in our office for the duration of your procedure.
  • And, finally, when the surgical assistant summons you from the waiting room, turn your phone off and hand it to your parent(s.) You can’t take the phone in the operatory. You will survive the separation!

If you have additional questions, visit our website for location information and contact your surgeon’s office. We will be happy to help you.

Free Wisdom Teeth Consultation

 

Is it time to have your wisdom teeth removed?

A board-certified oral surgeon is the most qualified dental professional to perform the surgery.

Wisdom teeth are your third molars, and you definitely do not need them. They can cause many problems including crowding and shifting of your straight teeth. Having your wisdom teeth removed when you are young is generally less complicated making recovery easier.

Call today to make an appointment for your consultation and x-ray.  Once you have your consultation and decide the best course of action, you can schedule your surgery.  Our summer schedules fill up fast, so don’t wait! Contact one of our 5 participating locations* to schedule your free wisdom teeth consultation with one of our 6 participating doctors*.

*Offer good through June 30, 2017 at any of our participating locations. Participating locations and doctors include:

  • Dr. Justin Liska at our Conroe location
  • Dr. Clark, Dr. Unterman and Dr. Hoffman at our Technology Forest location
  • Dr. Repa at our Sterling Ridge location
  • Dr. Williams at our Louetta location
  • Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Liska at our Huntsville location

Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Attends the 27th Annual Edward C. Hinds Symposium

Continuing education for dental health providers is an important element in the maintenance and advancement of skills for the delivery of safe and high-quality care for their patients. On Friday, April 28, many of the surgeons and surgical staff of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery attended the 27th Annual Edward C. Hinds Symposium which is hosted by the Houston Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Each staff member attended the pre-symposium program which focused on anesthesia and safety. In this course, office-based anesthesia emergencies were reenacted using hi-fidelity simulation enabling our staff to experience real-time management of these critical situations. Open discussion followed and  included how to detect, manage and treat complications and emergencies related to anesthesia.

It is our goal at Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to provide compassionate care in the safest surgical environment. By participating in interactive and valuable continuing-education courses such as this, patients can feel confident that our staff is prepared and equipped to provide quality and safe care, even in emergency situations should they arise.

For more information about Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, its eight oral surgeons and six convenient locations, please visit texasoralsurgery.com.