Welcome to Hill Country
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Austin and Buda, TX
Our staff at Hill Country Oral Surgery and Dental Implants serves the residents of Austin, Texas and its surrounding area. Our surgeons have extensive training ranging from tooth extraction to total reconstruction. We work one on one with each patient to develop an individualized treatment that addresses any dental issues you may have.
Our practice in Austin believes that quality starts with caring. We feel successful surgery begins with technical skill and experience, and the ability to provide an informed understanding of your care while making you feel comfortable. This can only be accomplished when our team takes time to listen. At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we value the trust you place in our team by allowing us to participate in your oral health. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care in our state-of-the-art facility. We are committed to giving you the benefit of the latest, proven techniques and technological advances and to tailor our care to fit your needs.
Our Commitment to Your Comfort and Safety
At Hill Country Oral Surgery of Austin, we pride ourselves with creating a safe and relaxed environment, exceeding what you would expect from any oral surgery center. We provide state-of-the-art equipment to tailor treatments to your specific needs, and guide you through the process. We make this commitment to you with the understanding that your safety is paramount, and we promise to use our vast level of experience in medicine and surgery, to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
We pride ourselves on empowering our patients through information. In this section you will find details, handouts, forms, and videos that will help you from your first visit to the post-operative period. Please let us know if you need any additional information or have any questions.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery addresses damage or issues within the mouth, teeth, and jaw. Procedures may include use of local or general anesthesia. Our suite of procedures at Hill Country Oral Surgery of Austin include:
- Dental Implants
- Wisdom Teeth
- All on four, teeth in a day
- Bone Grafting and Sinus Lift
- Tooth Extraction
- Oral Pathology
- Canine Exposure
Our surgeons will determine if your condition could benefit from oral surgery. Our Hill Country Oral Surgery team will work together to put together the treatment plan right for you.
How Do I Prepare for The Procedure?
Oral surgery preparation will vary depending on your unique dental structure and specific treatment. Following treatment, you will need to be driven home with lingering effects from anesthesia. Make sure to arrange for transportation from oral surgery. You may need to fast before oral surgery, your surgeon will instruct you for how long. You may also be prescribed medication prior to your oral surgery. Avoid blood thinners like Ibuprofen and Tylenol for two weeks prior and two weeks after oral surgery.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
You may experience swelling from your oral surgery. Typically, this will take approximately 48 hours to subside. Avoid strenuous activities for a couple of days, resting in bed or a recliner while getting plenty of sleep. Extractions may take a couple of weeks to fully heal, but corrective jaw surgery may take a few months. Consult your surgeon about the timeline for your specific treatment.
Meet the Surgeons of Hill Country Oral Surgery of Austin
The entire staff at Hill Country Oral Surgery of Austin are proud of the surgeons we support in providing you with a safe and comfortable oral surgery experience. That pride starts with our oral surgeons. They are highly respected and dedicated in providing to you the best results possible.
Vincent J. Cavaretta, DDS
Dr. Vincent J. Cavaretta is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is double board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He prides himself with the ability to educate patients and include them in the treatment process. He understands by empowering his patients through information, he will lessen the anxiety brought on the common fear of surgery, thus improving the whole treatment experience. He believes the most accomplished surgeons are consummate students. Dr. Cavaretta promises to offer his patients the best technology and techniques available in oral and maxillofacial surgery today.
While completing several years in cell and molecular biology and wound-healing research at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and UCLA, Dr. Cavaretta researched hard and soft tissue grafting procedures necessary for oral reconstruction and rehabilitation. He presented his research at the International Association for Dental Research and was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has lectured on bone grafting, soft tissue esthetic surgery and grafting, and dental implant therapy to dentists, surgeons, and surgical residents. He is well respected by his peers, and has been voted a Texas Super Dentist.
Tyler Rasmussen, DDS
Dr. Rasmussen took a unique path to oral surgery. In-between dental school and his oral surgery residency, he spent two years practicing “real world” clinical dentistry. This along with having four small children and one on the way, truly gives him a ‘360 degree’ view. He brings the different perspectives of father, dentist, and oral surgeon as he approaches problems and patients, elevating the care he delivers. He completely empathizes with parents who fear anesthesia and surgery for their children. At the same time, he’s great with kids and knows how to calm the young, scared, and nervous child. He also understands the importance of clear communication of the treatment plan with your referring dentist or orthodontist. He is dedicated to not only delivering the best result possible, but in the safest, most comfortable way.
Dr. Shouvik Ponnusamy
Dr. Shouvik Ponnusamy “Dr. Samy” is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. Dr. Samy is trained extensively in comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgery. He specializes in placement of dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, bone and soft tissue regeneration and ambulatory anesthesia. Dr. Samy pursued his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He was then accepted into the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, where he served as President of the Academic Chapter of the Chicago Dental Society, while earning his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. Upon graduation from dental school, he was elected to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Society. He then completed his rigorous and comprehensive surgical training at the University of Illinois Chicago Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program, where he served as Chief Resident.
“Dr. Rasmussen was wonderful. The end result is exactly what he told me it would be, exactly. I am thrilled!” Listen to more of Carolyn’s testimonial below.
- Carolyn R.
“I’m glad I found Dr. Cavaretta because he did a wonderful job. I honestly am scared of going to the dentist or oral surgeons are even more frightening, and after I met him, he just put everything at ease.” Listen to more of Jamie’s testimonial below.
- Jamie B.
“Dr. Rasmussen is warm and friendly and makes you feel like family. When you walk in here, he greets you with a warm smile, he knows exactly who you are.” Listen to more of Patricia’s testimonial.
- Patricia P.
“I knew they would do an amazing job. I thought Dr. Rasmussen was very friendly and he was very nice. He explained everything thoroughly to me, so that was great.” Listen to more of Evelyn’s testimonial.
- Evelyn V.
“Dr. Cavaretta is very warm, very attentive, he answered all my questions, made me feel very comfortable, and after that first meeting I knew he was the doctor that was going to fix my tooth.” Listen to more of Shalini’s testimonial.
- Shalini K.