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Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

Welcome to Heartland Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, where surgery is our profession and people are our focus. We specialize in full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dental implants, orthognathic surgery, tooth extractions, and temporomandibular joint surgery. With years of experience and expertise on our side, we’re dedicated to our patients’ comfort and care.

Commitment to Patient

When you choose to trust your care to us, we take that honor seriously. We understand each patient’s situation is different, and we pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach to each case we handle. With state-of-the-art technology, highly trained professionals, and extensive experience, we’re ready to provide you with the level of care and customer satisfaction you deserve.

Commitment to Community

A healthy, vibrant community is a cornerstone of enjoying the benefits we have as neighbors and citizens. At Heartland Oral Surgery, we know our community is what allows us to continue providing superior dental and oral services, and we understand the importance of giving back through charity and programs like our Veteran Smile Makeover.

Commitment to Country

The team at Heartland Oral Surgery is proud and honored to be patriotic Americans—Dr. Carey himself is a veteran. We take that gift to heart by serving our country, and it is a privilege to aid those dedicated individuals who have and continue to protect our country. We offer discounts on services to all military personnel.

The mission of Heartland Oral Surgery and Dental Implants is to serve the residents of Central Nebraska by providing the highest quality of care possible in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We strive for excellence and will stop at nothing to meet patient expectations. As a key member of the dental society, we work tirelessly with our colleges to ensure that our community has access to care in a state-of-the-art facility that is safe, warm, and stress-free. We seek a family-friendly environment where patients feel respected, informed, and important. In turn, our greatest reward is to earn the trust and confidence of each person that walks through our doors.


Dr. Kenneth Carey

Raised in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Dr. Kenneth Carey graduated Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, but with aspirations to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, his education was far from over. His passion and drive led him to Oregon Health and Science University, where he excelled in surgical training. During his tenure, he was awarded the AAOMS Student Award for outstanding achievements and performance in undergraduate oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Dr. Carey graduated OHSU with honors and earned a degree in Doctor of Dental Medicine. In addition, he was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship from the United States Army and was commissioned as a Captain into active-duty service, completing Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston and graduating as a Distinguished Honor Graduate.

Tooth Extractions

When a tooth is unable to be saved, whether due to decay or periodontal disease, tooth extraction may be necessary. Whether you require a simple removal or a more complex surgical extraction, your comfort is our top priority, and we’ll ensure your procedure goes smoothly and as painlessly as possible.

Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw misalignment is a source of insecurity for many, and it can have negative repercussions for your health if not rectified. Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, involves correcting the position of the upper or lower jaw and can improve issues like misaligned bite, facial asymmetry, or sleep apnea.

Dental Implants

Dental implants use artificial tooth roots made of titanium as a secure and viable solution to missing teeth. After the implant is placed in your jawbone, the bone around the implant grows to create a strong foundation for your new teeth, improving both cosmetic appearance and function.

Facial Trauma

The team at Heartland specializes in treating traumatic maxillofacial injuries, including facial fractures and lacerations, nasal obstructions, and avulsed teeth. Through minimally invasive surgical techniques, we aim for the best possible cosmetic result in addition to correcting health concerns resulting from trauma.

Make an Appointment Today

Whatever treatment you’re seeking, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care. Through both surgery and recovery, our team is here to support you. Learn more about our services or schedule an appointment by contacting one of our two Nebraska locations.


What is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?

Maxillofacial surgeons specialize in treating conditions of the head, jaw, face, and neck. This ranges from routine wisdom teeth extractions to facial reconstruction after a serious traumatic injury.

Will I need to be put under anesthesia?

Depending on the procedure, you may require local or general anesthesia. If you are uncomfortable being put under during surgery or wish to be put under instead of remaining awake, talk to your surgeon to discuss other options.

How long do dental implants last?

The titanium post implanted into the jaw during dental implant surgery will likely last a lifetime. The crown, however, may need to be replaced after 15 to 25 years, but this largely depends on factors like location in the mouth and the patient’s dental hygiene.

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Visit us at our Kearney or Grand Island Nebraska Locations!

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Kearney, NE

516 W. 39th Street, Suite D
Kearney, NE 68845

Phone: 308-865-2577

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 7am - 5pm
Tuesday: Closed to patients
Wednesday: 7 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 7 am - 5 pm
Friday: 7 am - 5 pm

Grand Island, NE

908 N. Howard Ave, Suite 101
Grand Island, NE 68803

Phone: 308-381-8500

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 8 am - 2 pm