Meet Oral Surgeon / Sedation specialist
Dr. Michael Schuman is an oral surgeon who graduated from NYU College of Dentistry and received his specialty program at Bellevue Hospital Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Program in New York City. He specializes in surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth, bone grafting to increase the amount of bone in the jaw, removal of cysts and tumors, repairs facial injuries and fractures, laser surgery and the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. He also had extensive training in general anesthesia or IV anesthesia and had over 30 years of experience. His highest priorities are excellent results and optimal patient comfort and convenience.
A number of conditions may require oral surgery, including:
Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes these teeth emerge from the gum line and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but most of the time, this is not the case. More often, one or more of these third molars fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum line and becomes entrapped or “impacted” between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, dentists recommend people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
Dental implants are an option for tooth loss due to an accident or infection or as an alternative to dentures. The implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically anchored in place in the jawbone and act to stabilize the artificial teeth to which they are attached. Suitable candidates for dental implants need to have an adequate bone level and density, must not be prone to infection and must be willing to maintain good oral hygiene practices.
Unequal jaw growth. In some individuals, the upper and lower jaw fail to grow properly. This can cause difficulty in speaking, eating, swallowing, and breathing. While some of these problems – like improper teeth alignment – can be corrected with braces and other orthodontic appliances, more serious problems require oral surgery to move all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both into a new position that is more balanced, functional, and healthy.