Oral Surgery


Dr. Joseph BaptistDr. Baptist is a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has advanced training in surgery of the jaws and face including removal of wisdom teeth (third molars), dental implant surgery, bone grafting, as well as numerous other surgical procedures such as jaw correction surgery (orthognathic surgery) and treatment of oral pathology. He is also able to perform procedures with intravenous anesthesia to allow patients to be asleep during the procedure for their comfort.

Following completion of a 4 year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency Dr. Baptist completed board certification with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS) to become a Diplomate of the ABOMS. Board certification (Diplomate status) is an arduous process that sets the bar for clinical and academic practices of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Diplomates demonstrate the highest level of commitment to fluency and practice of these standards and principles. This is one of the many qualifications that Dr. Baptist has demonstrating his commitment to providing the most contemporary and highest level of care for his patients. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the Chicago Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dental Implants

This procedure is an option to replace a missing tooth. The implant is placed where the tooth was extracted and allows your general dentist to place a crown. Treatment varies case by case, a consultation would be done prior to treatment. We use implants from Nobel Biocare and Zimmer Dental.
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Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is a procedure used to maintain or enhance bone volume in an area of the jaw to facilitate dental implant placement or support the health of existing teeth.
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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are teeth that develop during the teenage years.  In many cases people do not have adequate space for the teeth to grow…
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Many people experience anxiety about dental and oral surgery treatments.  Various anesthesia techniques can be used to reduce or eliminate anxiety associated with procedures.
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Facial Trauma

Dental and facial trauma are relatively frequent occurrences.  They can result from sports injuries, car accidents, or even just slipping and falling.  They can be quite frightening and painful.
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Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Some people have bites that don’t allow the upper and lower teeth to come together in a good functional position.  This may create a visually noticeable under- or over-bite…
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Pre-Prosthetic Surgery


Oral Pathology

Just like other areas of your body, your mouth can develop conditions that are not normal.  Frequently these conditions are relatively mild and may not be problematic (although sometimes they are quite apparent!).
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Canines Exposure

Adult teeth begin to grow into our mouths around the age of 6.  This growth of new teeth continues until around 12 years old. Most of the time our teeth develop and grow in an order that allows them to line up in a row.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects people’s breathing while they sleep.  This condition results in poor sleep due to frequent partial arousal from sleep and decreased oxygen supply during sleep.
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