Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Craig Lahar, D.M.D.
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital based surgical, medical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Lahar manages a wide variety of problems related to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. Dr. Lahar practices full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise in dental implants, bone graft reconstruction, wisdom tooth removal, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma, tumor diagnosis and treatment and TMJ/facial pain treatment.
Dr. Lahar is open for scheduling Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, our policy is to see you that day.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Lahar is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but they usually require a minimum of eight weeks healing time before the final teeth are placed by the restoring dentist. In some cases, if the bone is dense enough, temporary teeth can be placed the same day as the implant. There are situations where implants can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
What Are Dental Implants
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.