435-743-6521 ~ 140 South Main, Fillmore, Utah 84631

Oral Surgery & Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Scott Petersen offers advanced dental treatments at Fillmore Family Dental to restore missing bone structure and remove harmful tissues. Oral surgery includes a number of surgical dental treatments. The goal of oral surgery is to improve the function, health, and appearance of your smile and the surrounding structures, such as your jaw. In many cases, we strive to provide the most conservative treatment possible. Oral surgery may be necessary, however, to correct certain conditions and improve your oral and overall health. Oral surgery may include:

      ~ Tooth Extraction

      ~ Dental Implants

      ~ Wisdom Teeth Removal

      ~ Bone Grafting

      ~ Laser Dentistry

While we provide some oral surgery treatments at our office, we also work closely with local oral surgeons and specialists to ensure that you receive the high-quality results you deserve. Our dentist will carefully evaluate your smile and your dental needs to determine whether oral surgery is the best available treatment choice for you.

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help you feel more relaxed and calm during your dental visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your individual needs and preferences:

     ~ Nitrous oxide, (laughing gas), which is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. You simply inhale the gas during your treatment to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.

      ~ Oral sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm and at ease.

      ~ IV sedation, which involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). This type of sedation enables our dentist to provide the sedation more quickly, and we can also easily control the level of sedation to ensure that you stay comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make you unconscious, but you may feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during your treatment. You may also not remember all of the details of your visit.

Sedation dentistry will help you feel more comfortable during your treatment. Our experienced dentist and dental team will ensure that your entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor you during your visit. If you have chosen oral or IV sedation, please be sure to have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your appointment.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, if you have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past, or if you simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex. 

We will ensure that your oral surgery is as comfortable as possible and provide sedation services at our office for your convenience. Please feel free to contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and sedation dentistry in Fillmore, Utah and to schedule your individual consultation!

Tooth Extraction

Once your permanent teeth are grown in, there may be some instances where a tooth (or teeth) need to be extracted. These cases need to be properly diagnosed by a professional dentist—any and all alternatives should be discussed when considering tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction may vary, but often include one or more of the following:

      ~ Preparation for orthodontic or cosmetic treatment

      ~ Infection or risk of infection

      ~ Advanced periodontal disease

      ~ Advanced decay

In most cases, extraction of the tooth is the last resort to maintain dental health. In order to keep your teeth healthy and functional, it is important that you maintain proper oral hygiene within the home and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. The odds of detecting decay and preventing infection are greatly increased by scheduling regular exams and cleanings.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of the teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. A period of healing is then often required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post. Following this healing period, our dentist will place the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.

Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. A dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime. For more information about the benefits of implant dentistry, and to schedule your implant consultation, please call or visit us soon.

Laser Dentistry

We utilize some of the best state-of-the-art technology at Fillmore Family Dental, and that includes laser dentistry. Dr. Scott Petersen uses lasers for a variety of treatments because they are less painful, reduce bleeding, reduce your risk for infection, and they shorten healing time after a procedure. With dental lasers, we are able to improve the health of your smile and the quality of your care. Please contact us today if you would like to learn more about the benefits of our laser dentistry in Fillmore, Utah.

Modern dentistry now encompasses new technology. Laser treatment is the future of dentistry. With the advent of laser dentistry, we can take care of you and improve the quality and health of your teeth. Some of the services accomplished by laser-dental treatment include:

      ~ Treatment for canker and cold sores

       ~ Frenectomy

       ~ Periodontal and gum care

       ~Non-invasive surgery’s for orthodontic and cosmetic enhancements

Bone Grafting

A bone graft is an oral surgery procedure that may be required if your jawbone is not dense or thick enough. During a bone graft, we will transplant a piece of bone from another area of your jaw or your body to your jawbone. While we typically see best results with bone taken from your own body, we can also utilize artificial bone material or bone fragments from a tissue bank if needed. Your jawbone then grows together with the grafted bone tissue, creating a stronger, more stable foundation.

You may need a bone graft if your bone density is insufficient to support a dental implant or another type of treatment. While bone grafts are most commonly needed for implant dentistry, they may also be required for certain types of periodontal therapy when bone has been lost due to gum disease. If your jawbone is not strong or thick enough to support a dental implant, our dentist may recommend a bone graft. After a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone begins to resorb, or deteriorate, at the site of the tooth extraction. This must be corrected before the dental implant is placed. To learn more about bone grafting and to discover whether dental implants and bone grafting are right for your smile, we invite you to call or visit us today. Our dentist and team are eager to care for your smile!


435-743-6521 ~ 140 South Main, Fillmore, Utah 84631