Pediatric Oral Surgery

Dr. Dudziak, Dr. Choi, Dr. Hicke and Dr. Zakhary are familiar with the needs of the pediatric patient. Dr. Dudziak has completed a specialized training program in pediatrics.

Supernumary Teeth / Mesiodens

“A mesiodens, also known as a supernumary tooth, is an extra tooth located in the middle of the upper jaw behind the incisors.”

A mesiodens, also known as a supernumary tooth, is an extra tooth located in the middle of the upper jaw behind the incisors. It is most often found on routine x-rays and is usually asymptomatic. Sometimes the extra tooth will erupt like a normal tooth, but it should be monitored closely. If the tooth does not erupt and is left untreated, this extra tooth can lead to crowding of the teeth or even prevent the eruption of the permanent teeth. Typically, the tooth is removed between the ages of 6 and 8 if asymptomatic. Removal of the tooth is usually done while the patient is asleep through a small incision on the top of the mouth. Stitches are typically used to hold the gums in place during the healing process. Once the tooth is removed, the permanent teeth will erupt in their normal pattern.

Ankylosed Primary Teeth

Impacted teeth are usually found in the permanent dentition. Very rarely is a primary tooth impacted. The most common primary tooth to be impacted is the primary second molar. Primary teeth become impacted for various reasons which include: trauma to the tooth bud or by a mechanical obstruction. In either case, it is very important to closely follow the eruption of the primary tooth. If the primary tooth remains impacted, it may cause a delay in the eruption of the permanent tooth. Typically, if the primary tooth is impacted, the tooth is removed while the patient is asleep, and a space maintainer is used to prevent movement of the adjacent teeth and allow room for the permanent tooth to erupt.

Anesthesia

When it comes to kids, our priority is to make a safe and comfortable environment for them during there visit with us. We employ a combination of liquid sedatives, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV medications to ensure the child is unaware during the procedure and has a good experience. The surgeons and surgical assistants are all life-support certified and vital signs are monitored throughout the sedation.

 

Inland Empire Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

5 out of 5 stars based on 20 Pediatric Oral Surgery reviews.

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Overall great experience. My daughter was well taken care. My daughter was really scared and nervous. Dr. Zachary spoke with us and did not rush me out of the room to get started. Dr. Zachary did not rush the procedure. If we need any oral surgery again we will go back.

- Stacey

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My daughter had a great experience!! Everyone is so nice and caring.

- Danielle G

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Everyone was great, very friendly and helpful

- Christina B

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My son had a lot of anxiety and the staff were all very patient with him and took the time to make sure he was ok. Everyone was great and I'm very thankful for their kindness and professionalism.

- Edyth V

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Very pleased. Everyone was professional, we have no complaints.

- Anonymous

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Friendly staff and explained everything thoroughly. Very happy with experience

- Ryan L

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This is my second procedure and each was done with professionalism, care and skill. I have confidence and feel secure in the care I have received each time.

- Janet M

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Wonderful experience! Friendly office with a great staff!

- Jacqui D

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I wanted to take a moment to thank Dr. Choi and his staff for taking such wonderful care of my daughter who needed a surgical dental procedure in December 2016. My daughter is 11 years old and has autism. She needed some of her teeth extracted so that we could proceed with her orthodontic treatment. It was very important to me to select a Dr. who had experience working with special needs children and was familiar with some of the challenges a procedure such as this can pose for them. Dr. Choi was very caring and explained things to her in a very calm and caring manner. I was extremely pleased with the entire process from the initial consultation to the surgical procedure itself. The office is lovely and the staff were very helpful and friendly! The surgery was fast and my daughter recovered very quickly with minimal pain and discomfort. In fact, the day after surgery, her orthodontist put on her aligners. Without this procedure we couldn't have moved forward successfully in her treatment. She is now on her way to a beautiful smile. Thank you again Dr. Choi and staff. I highly recommend Dr. Choi for any oral surgery or dental procedure. I won't hesitate to return if any additional treatment is needed,

- Jamie F

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I cannot say how much I appreciate the compassion the staff had for my 8 year old daughter. My daughter was already anxious about having the procedure done and between the nurses and Doctor, they made us all feel at ease with the entire procedure. The nurses took into consideration how my daughter was feeling and did everything to make her comfortable and that she had a right to feel the way she felt. I should have taken her to Dr. Dudziak first rather than her own dentist who I thought would have had the same bed side manner so to speak that Dr. Dudziak and his entire staff had. Thank you for taking such good care of my daughter and ensuring I as her mom was at ease during the entire process. I could tell we made the right choice in having Dr. Dudziak and his office perform the procedure when I observed every employee really enjoying every moment of their time at work. That makes a difference when employees love what they do. Thank you again and if we are in need of any type of oral surgery in the future, I know I will be calling Dr. Dudziak and his team to perform the procedure!

- Nadine B

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Dr. Choi and his staff were amazing with my 3 year old son. They did everything to make sure he was comfortable and wouldn't have a bad dental experience. Dr. Choi even personally called a couple days later to make sure everything was still okay and my son was doing okay...excellent customer service!!!

- Yvette S

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The surgical team: Sang, Crystal and Kerrie were all wonderful, courteous, patience and made me and my daughter feel very welcome. My daughter was so scared, but the team helped her to make her feel relaxed and safe. Dr. Choi was also a wonderful doctor. We had a great experience. I would definitely recommend Dr. Choi and the surgical team.

- Maria G

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Thank you so much for the extra amount of care you took with us and our 8 year old daughter! Having a little one go under for surgery is especially scary. I was so pleased with how everyone handled her care all the way from consultation through follow-up. Thank you so much for the excellent care!

- Amy P

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My son had 2 teeth pulled and I couldn't have picked a better office to go to. They were amazing with my son and took into consideration all the issues he had. They made him and us feel so comfortable, I knew he would be in great hands! If we need any work done in the future, there is no doubt we will be back. Thank you Dr. Dudziak and all the girls that took such great care of our son!!

- Amanda T

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Amazing, genuinely caring staff. They were so caring toward my 6 year old. Dr. Choi is very skilled and everything went well. I am so pleased with the experience and highly recommend them to others.

- Jan C

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