Oral Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that fixes structural issues caused by inherited defects, trauma, disease, injury, or other condition. No one wants to hear that they or a member of their family needs oral surgery, but there are some issues that can only be addressed with surgical interventions through your local dentist. The good news is that oral surgery has a high rate of success and recovery.

Based in Colorado Springs, the team at Briargate Dental Center provides a wide array of oral surgery options to restore your health and smile.

Fractured Tooth Repair

Fractures are a partial or complete break of either the cusp or root of a tooth.

Common Fractures
Cusp, vertical furcation, split root, vertical root, and oblique root fractures are the five most common issues. These fractures vary in length, severity, and location.

Treatment Options
Vertical furcation and oblique root fractures can sometimes be treated with root canal therapy. Fractured cusps and split root fractures require a crown and may also need root canal therapy. Vertical root fractures can sometimes be fixed with apicoectomy, which removes the broken piece of bone. All of these fractures, however, can only by treated by extraction and replacement.

Oral Cancer Exams and Biopsies

Because prevention is the best cure for cancer, all of our patients receive an oral cancer exam when they visit us. But each patient should also pay attention to warning signs that may indicate the early onset of oral cancer.

Here are some of the symptoms to be aware of:

  • A lump or thickening of the cheek
  • A white or red patch on gums, tongue, tonsil, or mouth lining
  • A sore throat or the sensation that something is stuck in the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or in other places in the mouth
  • Jaw swelling that causes dentures to fit poorly or uncomfortably

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with local dentists, Dr. Baumgardner or Dr. Henegar, right away and let them know exactly what you are seeing and feeling. If something is suspicious, we can perform several types of biopsies.

Types of Biopsies
Here are the four most common types of biopsies:

  • Incisional biopsy – Traditional method that removes a section of tissue, which is then sent to a pathologist
  • Fine needle biopsy – A syringe extracts potential cancerous cells from a significant mass. Best option for a large area.
  • Punch biopsy – A small circular blade cuts out a round plug of cells. Minimal healing required.
  • OralCDx – A newer method that uses a handheld brush to extract cells. Advanced detection systems analyze the brush.

Talk with Colorado Springs based Dr. Baumgardner or Dr. Henegar to find out which biopsy might be right for you if a potentially cancerous area is identified.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early twenties; this becomes necessary when these large teeth are impacted. There are four main kinds of impaction that can precipitate wisdom teeth removal:

Vertical Impaction
A vertically aligned wisdom tooth that is either partially or completely submerged in the bone.

Mesial Impaction
A wisdom tooth that is partially or completely under the bone and tilted toward the front of the mouth.

Distal Impaction
A wisdom tooth that is partially or completely under the bone and tilted toward the back of the mouth.

Horizontal Impaction
A wisdom tooth that is perpendicular to its normal location and usually is unable to erupt normally because they have nowhere to go.

Not all dental impactions lead to surgery. Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt in an acceptable location after a time. Regardless, wisdom teeth are generally watched for several years to determine whether oral surgery is necessary.


This issue occurs when a wisdom tooth is allowed to erupt through the gums into an area it doesn’t fit. The crammed wisdom tooth then causes inflammation of the gums, which has to be treated by antibiotics before the tooth can be removed. To avoid this issue altogether, wisdom teeth are often extracted before periocoronitis is allowed to develop.

Oral Surgery Specialists in Colorado Springs

Serving the Colorado Springs communities, local dentists Dr. Baumgardner, Dr. Henegar and the team at Briargate Dental Center provide dental surgery solutions. Please explore our site to learn more about oral surgery and the other services we offer.

Briargate Dental Center perform advanced oral surgery using the most modern technology and techniques. Give us a call today at 719.598.1293 to schedule a consultation.