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Wisdom Teeth

The average adult has thirty-two teeth by age eighteen; sixteen teeth on the top and sixteen teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces, while the back teeth, or molar teeth, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. However, the average mouth is made to accommodate only 28 teeth. It can be extremely painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. The four other teeth are your Third Molars, also known as Wisdom Teeth.


Dental Implants

Dental Implants are changing the way people live! Dental Implants are the first step in providing a solid foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost one, two, or several teeth will regain the ability to eat virtually any type of food and can once again smile with confidence knowing that their teeth are stable, appear natural, and that their facial contour will be maintained.



The ability to provide patients with safe, effective outpatient anesthesia has distinguished the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery since its earliest days. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. During their intense surgical training OMS residents complete a lengthy rotation in anesthesiology, during which time they become competent in evaluating patients for anesthesia, delivering the anesthetic and monitoring post-anesthetic patients.


Dental Extractions

Teeth may need to be removed for a number of different reasons:  extensive decay, advanced periodontal (“gum”) disease, infection, or trauma.  In most non-emergency situations involving one or several teeth, we will evaluate you and treat you at the same visit.  Most patients are able to tolerate single tooth extractions very easily using local anesthesia alone, or local anesthesia in combination with nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”.  However, not all extractions are the same.  Some “routine single tooth extractions” can be very difficult and traumatic for the patient and local anesthesia is not enough. That is why Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are highly trained in providing outpatient IV sedation and general anesthesia.  Our goal is to provide you with the very best care possible in a safe, comfortable and pain free environment.  We will carefully assess the surgery needed and make the appropriate anesthesia recommendation.


Canine Exposure

An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot pass through your gums.  The maxillary cuspid (upper eye tooth) is the second most common tooth to become impacted.  It is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your “bite”.  The cuspid teeth are very strong biting teeth which have the longest roots of any human teeth.  They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite.


TMJ and Facial Pain

Temporomandibular joint (TM joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had pain, earaches, headaches or a grating and/or clicking sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TM joint problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TM joint disorders completely, and treatment takes time to be effective. Drs. Wolf and Dohse can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.


Oral Pathology

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs of a pathologic process or cancerous growth.


Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what its name suggests.  The substance is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets.  Until now, its use has been confined to hospital settings.  New technology permits doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only a small amount of blood drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery.


Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws do not meet correctly and/or teeth do not seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.


Facial Trauma

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon identifies and treats various facial injuries.  These professionals must be well versed in emergency care, acute treatment, and long term reconstruction and rehabilitation.  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma.  Injuries to the face impart a high degree of physical and emotional trauma to patients.  The science and art of treating these injuries requires special training involving a “hands on” experience and an understanding of how the treatment provided will influence the patient’s long term function and appearance.





As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs. Wolf, Dr. Dohse and Dr. Philip Lin manage a wide variety of problems relating to the Mouth, Teeth and Facial Regions.

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