Patients Treated
Years of Experience

Experience a Legacy of Care

For over 40 years, our team has provided quality care and amazing results in a space that looks and feels like home. Today, we continue to carry on our legacy as a surgeon-led private practice focusing on you and your needs. It’s an honor to serve our Foothills community with warm smiles and expert care each and every day.

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Stories From Patients Like You

I needed an emergency tooth extraction and Dr. Krisko got me in extremely quick, his entire staff was very welcoming, thorough in explaining everything from the procedure to the fees. I was incredibly nervous and they did a great job putting me at ease and getting me in & out as quickly as possible

April G.

Dr. Onekhena and all of Foothills staff were awesome. They did a great job for me, made me feel comfortable and made sure I understood aftercare for my procedure. I highly recommend!

Chris T.

"Dr. O and the entire Foothills team are amazing. They have given my some excellent care both times he had oral surgery. I highly recommend them, especially for anyone anxious about getting an IV.  They put my son at ease and made him very comfortable."

Jacque R.

"I have had Dr. Richardson pull 2 jaw teeth and both times he did a great job. I had minimal pain. He and his staff are wonderful and very caring.  Would definitely recommend this oral surgery practice."

Linda A.

"Foothills Oral Surgery is extremely professional with amazing surgeons and support staff.  All of the procedures I have had performed here went flawlessly with no complications and very little discomfort.  I am very pleased and highly recommend these professionals if you are in need of oral surgery."

Robert D.

"Dr. O and his team are amazing. I had a minor oral surgery today and they made me feel so relaxed. They explained everything before and during the procedure and I just felt so comfortable and taken care of."

Jenna D.

"I was able to get in for a consultation with Dr. Richardson and got scheduled very soon for tooth extraction. The surgery center in Hickory is extremely professional, well-staffed, and efficient. Dr. Richardson is very easy to talk to, compassionate and thorough. I highly recommend their services."

Beverly P.

Meet Your Doctors

By investing in the latest technology and staying up to date with new advancements in oral surgery, our doctors provide a world-class caliber of care right in your neck of the woods.

Jesse O. Onekhena


Dr. Onekhena is a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with extensive training in delivery of anesthesia who is passionate about bone & soft tissue grafting, implant placement as well as wisdom tooth removal.

Alex J. Krisko


Dr. Krisko is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who enjoys providing compassionate care in wisdom tooth removal, anesthesia, implant placement, and all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Paul E. Richardson


Dr. Richardson is a Diplomate with the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is board-certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

David J. Darab


Dr. Darab is board-certified in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Anesthesiology.

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Treatments Tailored to You

Sedation Dentistry

At Foothills Oral Surgery, we offer various sedation options tailored to the complexity of the surgery and your personal comfort level. Our goal is to make your experience as painless and anxiety-free as possible.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure aimed at alleviating pain, removing infection, and restoring dental health. We specialize in the safe and efficient removal of wisdom teeth to ensure a comfortable experience for patients.

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a durable and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. Whether you're missing one tooth or several, dental implants can restore your smile and improve your oral health, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Find An Office Near You





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Fax (828) 324-5877






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Fax (704) 873-8019
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