Dental Services

At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, you will find we offer a variety of dental services to meet your healthcare needs. Our staff is highly trained and professional, and keeps informed of the latest techniques and technologies through continuing education.

All-on-4® Treatment Concept

The All-On-4® Treatment Concept was developed to provide edentulous patients (patients with no teeth) with an efficient and effective restoration using only four implants to support an immediately loaded full-arch prosthesis.

Clear Benefits with the All-On-4® Treatment Concept

Stability Even In Minimum Bone Volume
By tilting the two implants in the back, longer implants can be used in patients who have lost quite a bit of bone in their jaw, increasing bone-to-implant contact and reducing the need for bone grafting.

Prosthetic Flexibility
With the All-On-4® Treatment Concept, our patients benefit from immediate implant-supported restoration, as a temporary tooth restoration is screwed onto the implants right after surgery. Final solutions for the All-On-4® Treatment Concept will be delivered approximately 4 months after surgery.

Increased Efficiency
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept allows Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery to streamline the time needed for dental implant treatment, giving you the smile you've always dreamed of in less time. To learn more, contact us today!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Please call us for a consultation if you are considering getting dental implants in Huntersville, North Carolina.

What are Dental Implants?

The dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium which creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These abutments provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Your general dentist will place the final abutments and make the final crown.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding (Osseointegrating) with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Haigney will uncover the implants and attach small healing abutments, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These abutments protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these abutments will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Do Implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Wisdom Teeth

By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your Third Molars, also known as "wisdom teeth."

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is extremely rare because there is a lack of sufficient space to fully erupt. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. If not removed, they may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

Poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. This could even become life threatening, because of airway closure, and would require hospitalization and aggressive surgery.

The second molars also may be damaged to the point of requiring extraction. When a poorly positioned and impacted third molar does not allow proper hygiene (you can’t floss or brush effectively), decay may start on the second molar at the junction of the crown and root.

Also, the pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. This is not proven through scientific study, but rather anecdotally from the experience of some orthodontists and patients.

The most serious but rare problem is the occurrence of tumors or cysts from the impacted wisdom tooth dental follicle. This can result in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems.

Current research has shown that approximately 86% of wisdom teeth will require removal! Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved. Well-intentioned advice to wait for the wisdom teeth to erupt as much as possible may compromise the health of adjacent teeth, and may make the eventual surgical removable more difficult, with an increased risk of complications.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Haigney can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. We recommend patients first be evaluated in the early to mid- teenage years. Most often by this time, the surgeon will be able to tell you if there is sufficient room for the wisdom teeth to fully erupt.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Haigney has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia. Dr. Haigney is double board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He always keeps current in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). There is no one more qualified to take care of you and your families oral & maxillofacial surgery needs.


Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Unlike in dental offices, general anesthesia can be used in our surgical facility, so that patients can be “asleep” during the procedure. Dr. Haigney is double board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He and his team keep current in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). There is no one more qualified to take care of you and your family’s oral & maxillofacial surgery needs.

Do you still have questions about wisdom teeth? Call our Huntersville, North Carolina office for a consultation at (704) 255-5888.

TMJ Surgery

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together correctly. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to become effective. Dr. Haigney can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

Trouble with Your Jaw?

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your joints. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Injuries and arthritis can damage the joint directly or stretch or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the disk, which is made of cartilage and functions as the "cushion" of the jaw joint, can slip out of position. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth or trouble opening your mouth wide.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

•  Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
•  Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
•  Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
•  Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
•  Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
•  Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
•  Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
•  Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
•  Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
•  Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
•  Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
•  Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
•  Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

The more times you answered "yes," the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.


There are various treatment options that Dr. Haigney can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Haigney will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with professional care.

The initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation. Self-care treatments can often be effective as well and include:

1.  Resting your jaw
2.  Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
3.  Eating soft foods
4.  Applying ice and heat
5.  Exercising your jaw
6.  Practicing good posture

Stress management techniques such as biofeedback or physical therapy may also be recommended, as well as a temporary, clear plastic appliance known as a splint. A splint or nightguard fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth and reduces muscle tension at night and helps to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces. An anterior repositioning appliance moves your jaw forward, relieves pressure on parts of your jaw and aids in disk repositioning. It may be worn 24 hours/day to help your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance is worn 24 hours or just at night to move your jaw into proper position. Appliances also help to protect from tooth wear.

What about bite correction or surgery?

If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth fit together, you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work. Surgical options such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring are sometimes needed but are reserved for severe cases. Dr. Haigney does not consider TMJ surgery unless the jaw can't open, is dislocated and non-reducible, has severe degeneration, or the patient has undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully.

Sleep Apnea

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the soft tissues of the airway collapse. This blocks the upper airway and air flow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.

Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.

Obstructions & Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms.

The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons offer consultation and treatment options.

In addition to a detailed history, the doctors will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. With cephalometic (skull x-ray) analysis, the doctors can ascertain the level of obstruction. Sometimes a naso-pharyngeal exam is done with a flexible fiber-optic camera. To confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels, a sleep study may be recommended to monitor individuals overnight.

There are several treatment options available. An initial treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. One of the surgical options is uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is performed in the back of the soft palate and throat. A similar procedure is sometime done with the assistance of a laser and is called a Laser Assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUP).

Depending on the level of obstruction, other treatments necessary may be nasal septoplasty, genial tubercle advancement and hyoid bone suspension.

In more complex cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be repositioned to increase the size of the airway (Orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia and requires 1 to 2 days overnight stay in the hospital.

OSA is a very serious condition that needs careful attention and treatment. Most major medical plans offer coverage for diagnosis and treatment.

Reconstructive Surgery

Mouth pain can last a long time and often only gets worse without the proper attention. Couple that with the difficulties of having a smile that doesn’t look the way you want it to, and serious feelings of insecurity will often follow.

Fortunately, we offer a solution to mouth pain and aesthetic issues that can solve these problems for the rest of your life—full mouth reconstructive surgery:

•  Bone Grafting
•  Cleft Lip & Palate
•  Facial Trauma
•  Impacted Canines
•  Jaw Surgery
•  Platelet Rich Plasma

Full mouth reconstructive surgery is able to bring any mouth back to its original form and function. We at Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery care deeply for your oral health and have made it our mission to offer this community the very best in full mouth restoration.

What is full mouth reconstruction?

The aim of full mouth reconstructive surgery is to restore both aesthetic appeal and function to a mouth that has done without both for some time. This means focusing on any number of issues, including things like neuromuscular, restorative and cosmetic procedures.

The mouth is a large unit made of smaller units that rely on each other equally. When a tooth is lost, the teeth near it are affected tremendously, and when the bottom (or top) jaw experiences bone loss, the opposing jaw feels the consequences of this loss.

All the components of the mouth function to help each other form a system of oral health, so we focus on restoring the full mouth.

Who can benefit from full mouth reconstructive surgery?

There is no one particular reason for considering an option like full mouth reconstruction, rather, there are many. If you suffer from several of the following conditions, full mouth reconstructive surgery can likely help you:

•  Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
•  Missing teeth
•  Chronic headaches
•  Upper back pain
•  Neck pain or tenderness
•  Chronic jaw pain
•  Jaw clicking

What is involved in the treatment procedure?

In this case every treatment plan is as unique as each patient’s mouth. We will build a treatment plan for you that fits your life and addresses all the issues in your mouth.

A treatment plan will include a list of necessary and optional procedures, as well as a timeline. Because of the complexity of many full mouth reconstructions, there may be a more extended timeline to allow for healing after certain procedures. In some cases, this process can last over a year.

Our end goal is to correct all the issues you may have been suffering from and leave your mouth in perfect working order.

Please call our office today at (704) 255-5888 to schedule an appointment.

Facial & Cosmetic Surgery

Facial cosmetic surgery has been used to combat the signs of aging and correct cosmetic issues stemming from a wide range of causes. In recent decades, people have been turning to cosmetic surgery to touch up issues that bother them when they look in the mirror.

Facial issues caused by birth defects, disease and trauma can be made to disappear with the help of facial cosmetic surgery:

•  Cheek Implants
•  Chin Implant
•  Endoscopic Browlift
•  Eyelid Surgery
•  Facelift
•  Lip Augmentation
•  Mid-Facelift
•  Neck Lift
•  Otoplasty
•  Rhinoplasty

Thanks to tremendous advances in the medical and biomaterials fields we are able to perform facial cosmetic surgery with ease. Most forms of this surgery are minimally invasive and require little recovery time—allowing you to get back to normal life quickly.

We at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery are highly educated and skilled in the procedures that involve both the functional and aesthetic aspects of facial cosmetic surgery. With our experience in cosmetic surgery and our highly skilled staff, we can give you the look you have always dreamed of.

Give us a call today at (704) 255-5888 to set up your no obligation consultation.



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