FAQ - General Questions
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dental practice that deals with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the mouth, jaws, face and related structures. This includes the removal of impacted and decayed teeth, placement of dental implants, biopsy and removal of cysts and tumors of the mouth and jaws, treatment of facial trauma and reconstructive jaw surgery.
What does maxillofacial mean?
Maxillofacial refers to the face and jaws, which along with the mouth comprise the areas of expertise of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Why am I being referred?
Your dentist believes that your present needs require the services of a specialist. Some procedures, like extractions, are far more complex than others. We are an extension of your dentist's skill, care, and concern for your well being.
What does it mean to be Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
Dr. Radakovich is a Board Certified Oral Surgeon. This means that he has graduated from an accredited dental school and has completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program approved by the American Dental Association Commission in Dental Accreditation. This required thirteen years of post-high school education and training. The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is recognized by the American Dental Association as the specialty board for oral and maxillofacial surgery. The board is responsible for reviewing all applicants for board certification, as well as administering the examination involved in the certification process. One must pass both a thorough written qualifying examination and a rigorous oral certifying examination to become board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Diplomates are encouraged to maintain current competence by ongoing continuing education.
Call our office directly at 503-230-0322. No referral from a dentist or physician is necessary. Office hours are by appointment from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Every effort is made to see emergencies immediately. We pride ourselves in seeing you at your appointed time.
Is a Medical History needed?
A complete medical history is necessary for every patient of record. Please bring all pertinent medical information to your appointment, or you may register online at home prior to your visit. Any insurance information is also necessary. Call or e-mail us if you have any questions. Click here to register online.
How about X-Rays?
A panoramic radiograph that shows your full jaw is usually necessary for oral surgery. If your dentist has taken x-rays in the past six to twelve months they may be adequate, but we often need additional films to properly evaluate you and provide care.
What about Anesthesia?
We have found that our patients do better in their surgery if they have general anesthesia. If you want to be asleep for your procedure, you must have nothing to eat or drink (not even water) for at least six hours beforehand. A responsible adult must be with you to drive you home. Please wear short sleeves so that a blood pressure can be taken, and bring a case if you wear contacts. Prescription medications should be taken with a sip of water. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 even if local anesthesia is planned.
How is Insurance handled?
We accept most insurance plans, but please confirm your coverage with us. Most insurance plans pay a portion of your bill. The noncovered copayment and deductible amount is expected on the day of your procedure. We file claims promptly and we serve as your advocate.
We are happy to provide you with a presurgical estimate of fees. Payment is expected on the day of service unless other arrangements have been made in advance. We accept Visa and MasterCard, and payment plans can also be arranged. Please talk with our business manager for more details prior to your procedure.