Dear Patients,

We hope this message finds you and your families well amidst this growing pandemic. As you well know, the dental community nationwide has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Indiana Dental Association has now fully endorsed recent ADA recommendations to cease all elective dental procedures for three full weeks, effective immediately.

Dr’s Stevenson, Fairchild, and Surber have heard these recommendations and will be following suit. We are working to cancel all elective procedures including new consultations and routine follow-up appointments during this time.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons we understand our position in the management of emergent needs to prevent patients inundating emergency rooms and immediate care clinics. To cope, we will maintain shortened office hours at our Valparaiso location to assess emergency patients from our referrals and greater dental community. Thank you all in advance. We are all in this together.
Valparaiso Location


(219) 462 9599


(219) 736 1401
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Effective treatment of impacted teeth in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN

An impacted tooth is one that becomes lodged in jawbone, unable to emerge properly. Cuspids, on either side of the frontmost four teeth, are commonly called “canines” due to their pointed shape. Because they are usually the last anterior teeth to erupt, they may get stuck, especially in a crowded arch. Maxillary (upper) cuspids are among the most likely to become impacted, second only to wisdom teeth. This condition can be expertly addressed at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN.

Why not just pull impacted teeth?

While extraction is an option, it usually isn’t the best one. These strong teeth have long roots, deeply embedded in bone, providing stability for gripping and chewing food. They are important to proper alignment and bite. Missing teeth are also quite noticeable in the smile. Our surgeons make every effort to help impacted canines find their proper position in the dental arch.

Statistically, more than half of upper teeth impactions are inside the mouth, in the palate. In other cases, they are wedged in bone in front and above adjacent teeth. Impaction may occur on one side or both.

A wait-and-see approach might be appropriate for a child patient. However, likelihood that an impacted teeth will come through on its own, or that it will have adequate space in the arch, diminishes dramatically by about age 13 when bone hardens. After age 40, teeth become fused to bone.

How impacted teeth are addressed in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN

Proper treatment of impacted teeth requires collaborative effort:

  • It is important for your general dentist to monitor development as early as age seven, to identify potential impaction and remove over-retained primary teeth blocking eruption of canines.
  • For younger patients, orthodontics may create enough space for canines to drop naturally into place.
  • Adults may need the services of an oral and maxillofacial specialist to extract non-essential secondary teeth.
  • The oral surgeon opens gum and bone tissue to expose the impacted tooth so that it may be repositioned with braces. This is a straightforward procedure performed on site at the surgeon’s office.

Preserve the future of your smile with treatment for impacted teeth now. Call (219) 462 9599 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Surber performed both my consultation and tooth extraction. He was very patient and professional with all questions I had! The support staff knew their jobs well, and all went smoothly. I felt very adequately prepped for the extraction. When it came time for the extraction, while I was quite nervous, Dr. Surber and his staff eased my fears and commenced with the extraction. The whole ordeal was done in under an hour! To top it all off, I did not even require pain meds after the extraction! I was provided with very helpful post-op instructions which assisted me with getting back to normal!

Jim I
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