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Oral Surgery

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is an expert oral surgeon who focuses on providing his patients with the highest quality care.

Whether you need a simple wisdom tooth extraction or more complex oral and maxillofacial surgery to repair oral trauma, he can help.

Learn more about how the team at Hopkin Oral Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT, can restore, repair, or improve the tissues of the mouth.

Having a Dental Emergency? Give Us a Call

Dental pain and facial trauma caused by accidents can be particularly stressful, so we try to accommodate patients quickly. We offer same-day appointments and will get you in to see Dr. Hopkin as soon as possible. Send us a message or give us a call to get started.

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When Is an Oral Surgeon Needed?

There are a variety of different circumstances that may require oral surgery. In some cases, an oral surgeon is needed to reconstruct and repair damage to the tissues from trauma sustained in an accident. In other cases, a patient may need oral surgery to restore oral health or to prepare for other procedures. Using precise techniques and drawing upon his many years of experience, Dr. Hopkin can perform oral and maxillofacial surgery to help restore his patients' full oral function.

Improve Your Oral Health With Surgery Contact Our Salt Lake City Dental Office Today

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a dentist and board-certified oral surgeon in practice since 2011. He has undergone extensive oral surgery training, performs a comprehensive range of procedures, and can provide you with treatment to restore or repair your full oral function. Whether you need oral and maxillofacial surgery to repair trauma, place dental implants, or extract wisdom teeth, you can rely on Dr. Hopkin to provide quality care.

If you need an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Utah, contact our dental practice online or call us in Salt Lake City at:

(801) 277-3942

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"A five-star office through and through." Putting Patients at Ease From the Start


Stephanie Lund

Salt Lake City, UT


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Dr. Hopkin is very knowledgeable, efficient and capable!! His education and experience are impressive and reassuring. I’m so glad I found him! He’s easy to talk to, and he’s honest and straightforward with information. His staff is personable and well trained. I really enjoy working with them. They make the office experience positive and very pleasant. I’ve had very good results and I will recommend them going forward.

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Lis B.

Salt Lake City, UT


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This is a five star office through and through. Dr. Hopkin is dental wizard. His knowledge and expertise are second to none. His office is immaculate, and his staff members are friendly and helpful. My 18 year old son got his wisdom teeth extracted and was very nervous. I cannot say enough about Dr. Hopkin's assistant, Yvette! She was so incredibly kind and patient with him. She took the time to make sure he really understood everything and felt comfortable before they did anything. I could tell she had many years of experience. She put him at ease immediately. Thank you so much to everyone at this office!

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How Tooth Loss Can Result in an Aged Appearance
and Other Problems

Treating tooth loss quickly can prevent the onset of additional dental problems, such as jawbone atrophy, facial collapse, and movement of surrounding teeth. This can help you maintain a more youthful appearance and prevent premature aging.
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Oral surgery can repair trauma as well as prepare a patient's teeth for other procedures,
such as implant placement. 

Types of Oral Surgery
Offered at Our Salt Lake City Practice

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jawbone to replace missing roots of the teeth. The implants can then support high-quality restorations, such as dental crowns, bridges, or full dentures. Many general dentists refer their patients to Dr. Hopkin for implant placement because he has undergone extensive training with implants in addition to earning his DDS. He uses the latest surgical instruments and equipment, and he offers many types of dental implants, including Nobel, Straumann®, and All-on-4®.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, can cause a variety of dental problems for patients. The teeth may not fully erupt, or may come in at an odd angle. They can cause a lot of pain and sensitivity in the surrounding teeth and gums, as well as pain near the jaw. If they are not removed, they can cause the other teeth to shift, resulting in misalignment, and damage adjacent teeth. Extracting these molars can eliminate any discomfort and prevent further complications. At Hopkin Oral Surgery in Salt Lake City, we use gentle extraction techniques and sedation for a more comfortable patient experience.

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Bone Grafting

Bone grafts are most commonly performed prior to dental implant surgery. After tooth loss, the jawbone atrophies, which makes the placement of traditional dental implants difficult or even impossible. Bone grafting supplements the bone tissue in the jaw to properly support implants at a later time.

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Sinus Lifts

Sinus lifts are a type of bone graft for the upper jaw. It involves the gentle lifting of the maxillary sinus to make room for grafting material in the jawbone. Our oral surgeon can add bone density to the upper jaw to make you a candidate for dental implant placement. Dr. Hopkin can also perform bone grafting and sinus lifts to repair tissues after traumatic injury, to remove tumors, or to correct congenital defects.

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Tooth Extraction

When absolutely necessary, tooth extraction can alleviate discomfort from a badly damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. Dr. Hopkin can also remove teeth prior to orthodontic treatment if you do not have enough room for movement of the teeth in your jaws. Saving a tooth with cavity treatment or a root canal infection is always ideal; however, in some cases, tooth extraction paired with dental implant placement or orthodontic treatment is the best way to improve the patient's oral health.

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Oral Biopsy

For more complicated cases and conditions, Dr. Hopkin can take a sample of tissue from the mouth and test it for a more accurate diagnosis. An oral biopsy can be particularly useful to diagnose oral cancers and pinpoint the source of symptoms that are associated with other oral health issues and general wellness conditions that affect the mouth.

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TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common affliction. Many patients find relief through conservative and nonsurgical methods, such as the use of oral appliances. However, surgery is sometimes needed to correct the problem and provide the patient with long-term relief. If surgical intervention is necessary, Dr. Hopkin can provide steroid injections or perform open joint repair at our Salt Lake City practice to alleviate the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder.

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Treatment for Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma

When oral and facial trauma occur, typically in motor vehicle and sports accidents, surgery is often needed to repair and reconstruct the damaged tissues. This can include treatment of fractures in the upper and lower jaws, cheekbones, nose, eye sockets, and forehead. Treatment may also include procedures for missing or chipped teeth and soft tissue injuries.

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Pre-Prosthetic Surgery

Pre-prosthetic surgeries are performed to improve the fit of a prosthesis such as a partial or full denture. These procedures may include ridge augmentation or reduction, gum contouring, and exposure or removal of impacted teeth.

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"Very friendly and informative." Helping Patients All Over Utah


Dylan Martinez

Salt Lake City, UT


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Went in for wisdom teeth surgery, and the staff and doctor were amazing. Very friendly and informative. They made sure I was okay, and the procedure went off without a hitch

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I have dentistphobia haha They were so kind and understanding. Great consultation, took their time and explained the procedures etc. Dr.H, you and your staff rock!!!

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Oral Surgeons vs. General Dentists  A Closer Look at the Difference

While a general dentist may perform some oral surgeries, that does not necessarily make them a surgeon. A board-certified oral surgeon like Dr. Hopkin in Salt Lake City must receive further education and undergo an additional three to four years of specialized training in surgical techniques. 

Oral Surgeons 

  • Are equipped with the knowledge and techniques to treat complicated cases
  • Have more experience with surgical procedures to produce consistent results
  • Have access to specialized tools and technology for minimally invasive procedures

General Dentists

  • Have a solid understanding of dentistry as a whole, but no specialization
  • Are great for cleanings and taking care of minor to moderate dental issues
  • Have access to a wide variety of technologies, but may not have specialized tools for surgeries

Choose an Oral Surgeon for Your Surgery Send Us Your Questions

We understand that any type of surgery can sound intimidating, but sometimes a procedure is necessary for your oral health and well-being. We encourage you to ask any and all questions before moving forward with a surgical procedure. As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS is a great resource to learn more about these procedures. 

While requesting a consultation gives you the most discussion time with Dr. Hopkin, you can also submit individual questions or call our office at:  

(801) 277-3942

Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS and staff
Dr. Hopkin and his team serve Salt Lake City and surrounding communities throughout Utah.

The Importance of Board Certification

Dr. Hopkin is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Board certification is a lengthy process that requires a doctor to pass a written and oral exam. The process is meant to prove that an oral surgeon has a wealth of expertise in the field, adheres to high ethical standards, and can be trusted by the public.

"I couldn't recommend a dental office more highly! From the time we met the assistant, Kayla, I knew we were in the right place. She asked the necessary questions and had the nicest personality. Then we met with Dr. Hopkin and he had some questions before he very thoroughly explained the procedure to us. Dr. Hopkin took good care of my elderly mother and had the "bedside manner" of a Saint. I wish I had more need to go to the dentist now, just to see these people." Roger L., 5-Star Google Review

Why Choose Our Practice for Your Oral Surgery Needs in Utah? 

State-of-the-Art Facility

All of our surgeries are performed in our high-tech office, so you won't have to familiarize yourself with a hospital or pay hospital fees. We use state-of-the-art dental equipment, including 3D imaging, which allows our oral surgeon to create the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plans to best suit each patient's needs.

Same-Day Appointments

Dr. Hopkin and the rest of our friendly team understand that dental emergencies happen. We are proud to offer same-day appointments so we can address dental problems immediately.

Insurance Coverage

Our Salt Lake City office accepts most insurances. Many insurances cover part or all of the cost of the procedures we perform.

Financing Options

If you have out-of-pocket costs or are uninsured, you could benefit from financing. To help patients afford treatment, our office in Salt Lake City accepts CareCredit® financing and in-house payment plans. These plans break up the cost of treatment into monthly payments.

Don't Be Nervous About Treatment We Offer Dental Sedation

For those who suffer from dental anxiety, we offer several forms of sedation dentistry that can help you relax during a procedure at our Salt Lake City office. We can combine some sedation techniques with local anesthesia to provide a comfortable experience. 

Patients can choose one of three major sedation options: 

Nitrous Oxide 

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The mildest form of conscious sedation is nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.” It helps you relax while staying aware of your surroundings. The effects wear off almost immediately, so you can still drive yourself home after the procedure. 

Oral Sedation

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Oral sedation is taken in the form of a pill before surgery, and its strength varies depending on the type and dosage. You will still be conscious during the procedure, but oral sedation usually causes drowsiness, which may take some time to wear off.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) drip

We also offer IV sedation, which delivers the medication through a needle in the back of your hand attached to an IV drip. For this type of sedation, patients stay awake but enter a dream-like state where they don’t remember much about the procedure afterward. 

"Went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable." More 5-Star Reviews From Salt Lake City Patients


Heather Nixon

Salt Lake City, UT


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I was treated with respect and kindness. The procedure was explained and I was made comfortable with the appropriate sedation. Dr Hopkin was very personable and answered all my questions. Would definitely recommend Dr Hopkin to my friends and family!

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Anisa Coria

Salt Lake City, UT


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I suffer from severe anxiety about anything dental related, I Put off my wisdom teeth removal for two years because so…. this office really went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable as well as validating my feelings. Couldn’t recommend them enough

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What is maxillofacial surgery? 

Maxillofacial surgery is the practice of treating conditions in or around the face, jaw, and mouth. The term is often used interchangeably with “oral surgery,” but maxillofacial surgeons can also treat the lower half of your face—including the jawbone and roof of your mouth—in addition to tooth and dental care.

Do you handle complex cases?

Absolutely. An oral surgeon is often the person a general dentist will turn to when they have a complex case on their hands. Whether you have impacted wisdom teeth that need to be extracted or you're preparing for dental implant placement and require bone grafting, our board-certified oral surgeon is a prime choice for your care.

Dustin J. Hopkin, DDS

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Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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