Ask any one of your friends about their dental care routine, and you will discover an interesting trend. Not many people make dental care an important part of their health care priorities. You may find yourself surprised by this information, and asking yourself, “Who doesn’t take care of teeth?” We only have one set. Its not as simple as when we were children, and some slight neglect of your baby teeth was nothing to worry about since they would fall out eventually to be replaced by adult teeth. But once those adult teeth come in, one should really establish a healthy routine to care for them, right? The answer is yes, but think about it. How often do you make appointments with your dentist just for the sake of making sure all is well with your chompers? The answer is probably similar to those you received from your friends, which is “not very often”. Aside from your teeth not receiving the level of professional care that they should, not visiting the dentist regularly can delay the detection of dental diseases or damages to your teeth. The longer you put off a trip to the dentist, the greater chance there is that you teeth are suffering damage that will not easily be repaired in a single trip. More often than not, by the time patients actually walk into the dental office, their dental care needs are beyond the scope of services offered by a dentist. But not to worry. This does not mean that all hope is lost. If a dentist can’t help you, then maybe it’s time to visit an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons , like those found at Peak OMS and Dental Implant Center, perform more invasive procedures than ones you be able to have done in your regular dental office. Two of the most popular procedures they specialize in are wisdom teeth removal and dental implants. Wisdom teeth generally start to develop in the early teen years, and they ready to be removed by the late teens. They develop under the gums at the back of the mouth, and in best case scenarios, they start to come in next to the very back adult molar. In some cases however, particularly in those patients who do not have a lot of extra space left for additional teeth after all their permanent teeth have come in, they can disrupt the existing molars if they come in underneath those teeth. If these kinds of wisdom teeth are detected early, they can be surgically removed by a oral surgeon. Dental implants are required when permanent teeth have to be removed due to damage or decay. They look just like the existing teeth that they will replace, but they generally last longer because of the more durable material. Both wisdom teeth removal and dental implants can both be done under anesthesia. If you have put off going to the dentist and now require one of these procedures, know that you will be in the most capable of hands with an oral surgeon. They will get you right back on track to healthier, longer lasting teeth.