Q&A: Oral Surgery And Your Child

Are you surprised to find that your general dentist has suggested you bring your child to our practice for oral surgery? Whether your son or daughter is 12 or 22, you may think that the types of treatments we offer are typically reserved for more mature smiles. As a matter of fact, we often see younger patients! In most cases, the treatments we offer provide a pathway toward a smile that can remain healthy for many years to come. In addition, our efforts often help guide (or protect) smiles in regard to alignment. Learn a little bit more about what you can expect.

Questions and Answers

Question: My child’s canine is impacted and my dentist suggested I come see you. Is this really necessary? Won’t the teeth just eventually come in on their own?

Answer: In some cases, it is absolutely essential. We can provide you with a closer look at what’s going on with the use of advanced imaging, such as X-rays. If efforts are not made to help an impacted canine tooth, this can lead to serious problems with oral health and alignment.

Question: I was told I should bring my teenager in to you because his wisdom teeth seem like they might be a problem. Can’t oral surgery for this wait a while?

Answer: You can wait, of course, but we do not suggest it. You see, wisdom teeth have a reputation for causing some serious problems! Don’t let these easily extracted molars damage your child’s smile. The sooner you act, the better. The longer they remain in place, the more challenging removal becomes and the more damage they may cause!

Question: What should I do if I know that my child requires oral surgery but I’m not sure where to begin, I’m worried about affordability, but I want to make sure her mouth remains healthy?

Answer: Don’t spend even a moment of time worrying about any of the details. The best thing to do is to schedule a visit, come talk with us, and learn everything you need to know. You can then go home, think it over, and make choices that work for you.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).