Oral Surgery Specialists
Oral Surgery FAQ
What is an oral surgeon?
Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires 4-6 additional years of residency: hospital-based surgical and comprehensive general anesthesia training after graduation from a 4 year accredited dental school. This surgical field is well developed and bridges the gap between dentistry and medicine. Dr. Jason Hullett and Dr. Anu Hullett have focused its private practice service exclusively on teeth removal, IV sedation, pathology removal, trauma, dental implant placement, and bone graft reconstruction, all grounded on evidence-based clinical and scientific research.
Drs. Hullett are restorative driven, meaning, when they plan your surgery, they envision the end result of you having fully functional, pretty, and easy-to-maintain teeth.
Is an oral surgeon part of a team?
We are team members! We get most of our referred patients through general dentists, endodontists, prosthodontists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists and periodontists. We also do not see our fellow oral surgeons as competitors but as our colleagues with who we respect and share information for the best care of our patients. We also work with trusted medical specialists, such as ENTs and oncologists, for pathological processes that require long-term, multi-team care.
Why should I go to an oral surgeon?
The reason your dentist refers you to us is that we are the first step of your preventative care. We will remove all of the unrestorable, unhealthy teeth and pathology in your mouth prior to any further restorative work started by your dentist.
Another reason is due to the ethical duty of the dentist to refer any surgical procedure that is beyond their scope of care to the oral surgeon. Sometimes we get comments such as “wait, that was so easy!” and we definitely try to make it “easy” on you which took years of experience to do so. We tend to see cases that are quite difficult. It is the same reasoning as seeing a facial plastic surgeon instead of a general plastic surgeon for a nose job.
Is the staff highly trained as well?
Our staff has received certified training to assist in surgical and implant procedures. They are certified in DAANCE, which trains in monitoring the sedated patient. Our surgical assistants DO NOT push any medications. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery always by Dr. Jason Hullett or Dr. Anu Hullett, not an assistant. We take your safety seriously.
What makes our practice different?
Both Drs. Hullett work joyfully together as they have been doing for the past 16 years and counting. They work efficiently and their primary concern is the safety of the patient. You have two experienced, ethical, and thorough surgeons working on your case without any added cost – which purely benefits you for the best outcome. We take personal pride in the quality of our work.
You will never see us jumping from one patient to another, one room to another. We make our schedule in such a way that you get dedicated time. We do not sacrifice quality for quantity.
If we believe a treatment will have high risks (such as numbness due to anatomy or bone/implant loss due to hygiene), we will advise you. If you need a second opinion, please do so. We want you to be absolutely comfortable with the information you are receiving and trust you are seeking out an experienced, educated, ethical source.
What do I trust out there on the WWW?
We do not use “Reputation Managers” to write 5 star reviews. Also, about 95% of our patients are asleep so while you may not remember the surgery to write a review, we hope you felt kind and cared for throughout your time with us. We do everything humanly possible to give you an honest, good experience because we know coming to the oral surgeon is not fun. It is important that you trust your doctor, and form a relationship based on integrity and ethics. Dr. Jason Hullett and Dr. Anu Hullett promise to do good in the community.
What do we hate the most?
Popcorn, lying and smoking. Let’s talk about smoking. Smoking anything will kill the cleanest, most sterile, straightforward surgery procedure which leads to failure and unnecessary complications. The heat of the smoke and the byproducts of the tobacco (such as carbon monoxide) will literally kill the blood supply to the fragile surgical area. This prevents normal healing processes that surgeons depend on for predictable healing. We strongly advise you not to smoke for AT LEAST TWO WEEKS, if not forever, to ensure a good outcome.
Our goal and mission are to give you the best care — simple. We have dedicated our lives to learning the most up-to-date practices for surgical excellence, and on a human level, to make sure you are comfortable and come away more satisfied than you started. We choose implants and reconstructive materials that have a proven success record — and constantly demand the most updated research from our implant companies. We practice with honesty, integrity, and a passion for what we do.
We work closely with our dentist colleagues and encourage you to visit them for checkups to ensure a healthy mouth. Drs. Hullett work with Houston, Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Wharton’s most talented restorative dentists who maintain your oral health.
In everyone’s busy lives these days, it is easy to neglect ourselves and put off our oral healthcare until a big infection hits. But a hygiene checkup visit can combat costlier visits down the road. Having a pain-free mouth, a beautiful smile, and strong teeth is one of the first steps to having a QUALITY life.
Questions to ask yourself when visiting your doctor
- What is my goal in visiting this particular doctor? What is my complaint?
- Is it to rid of pain and infection?
- Is it for preventative purposes?
- To improve aesthetics and smile?
- To improve my chewing ability?
- To improve my speaking ability?
- Can I trust this doctor to invest in their abilities?
- Is the office clean, bright, and has passed all state regulations?
- Do the doctors treat me kindly and speak to me with respect?
- Do the office members speak to me with respect?
- Will the office members understand my limitations?
- Are their services affordable?
- Will they do what is best for me?
- Will I be able to listen, understand and follow their instructions?
- Do I acknowledge that smoking will cause the failure of the treatment?
- Do I accept that if I fail to perform basic oral hygiene, it will cause the failure of the treatment?
The success of your treatment is dependent on teamwork effort.
Us: As your oral surgeon, we provide you the highest quality of care using the best quality materials, simple, clean techniques, and the most advanced, efficient technology. We research our materials and use those that consistently have the greatest success in our hands.
Your referring dentist: The dentists that we work with also follow the same philosophy to serve excellent quality care using evidence-based practice.
We rely on you for a successful outcome.
You: Please make sure to bring your loved one or legal guardian who helps you make your decisions, plans your schedules, and helps you with your finances. We can efficiently carry out your treatment with the help of your supporters.
- We ask you to be truthful in your medical history and medications/recreational drugs taken. With this information, we can provide proper care and make you comfortable.
- We ask you to adhere to simple pre and post-operative instructions such as having a good oral hygiene routine, not spitting or playing with the surgical site, avoiding smoking, and keeping dental check-ups.
- It is very important not to BITE on or PLAY with the implant while it is in the HEALING PHASE (first four months after implant placement). Please keep the area clean and free of bacterial buildup (plaque and calculus) by brushing and rinsing. These two main things are needed for the success of osseointegration.
- Keeping your oral cavity clean creates an environment where your implant will strongly connect to your bone and your extraction sites heal without infection.
- Do not smoke anything during the healing phase. Non-compliance will lead to unnecessary and avoidable complications.
Being non-compliant or the inability to follow a recommended routine is a very costly burden on the US Healthcare system and contributes to the failure of treatment. Who seeks failure? What motivates us is knowing we have contributed to your good health. What motivates you? One of the best things to do is to visit your dental hygienist for simple and effective instruction on how to care for your teeth and implants. Visiting your dentist will help prevent small problems from becoming larger ones and repeating history. Visiting your medical doctor to be placed on a smoking cessation program will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.
It is not expensive to maintain a healthy mouth.
Do the following every day:
- Floss with waxed floss before nighttime brushing
- Brush your teeth and tongue gently with a soft toothbrush twice a day (especially before bed)
- Rinse with a fluoridated mouth rinse (low to no alcohol preferred)
- Keep hydrated with water throughout the day
- Limit acidic and sugary foods
- Quit smoking and drug use now
Implant Hygiene Maintenance
Jason S. Hullett, DMD and Anu Hullett, DMD & Team will help motivate you and your care-taker towards having a healthy oral cavity — the entryway of all health.
As part of OSHA compliance & Texas State Board Rule we:
- Spore test our equipment weekly without fail. We keep our biological indicator results records for several years on hand.
- Use disposable protection barriers on equipment
- Use disposable employee protection barriers
- Use disposable patient protection barriers
- Use industrial-grade sterilizers and surface disinfectants to constantly clean all surfaces in our office to protect you, to protect us, to protect all of our families and the community.