Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, surgical or adjunctive treatment of abnormalities, diseases, or deformities in the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial (jaw and facial) regions.
WHAT IS ORAL SURGERY?
Oral surgery is specifically designed to enhance, restore and protect your smile. We offer many different surgical procedures that can be done on both adult and pediatric patients. We even offer sedation, which can make the surgical process a lot easier and more comfortable for you. Oral surgery is personalized to each of our patients for optimal dental care.
WHY WOULD ORAL SURGERY BE NEEDED?
You might need oral surgery before other procedures. For example, you may require one or more extractions before a denture can be made for you. You might require surgery to prevent future problems from happening, as is the case with impacted wisdom teeth. Other types of surgery can help to enhance your smile and construct teeth that are currently missing.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ORAL SURGERY?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery, we will perform an exam, take x-rays and review your medical history. This allows us to determine if you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure that is needed. Surgery can be performed on young and older patients, and it is done on an as needed basis. We are here to help answer any questions that you might have regarding oral surgery.
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WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ORAL SURGERY PROCESS?
The surgery begins with a complete consultation. We then schedule you to come in for the procedure. We administer anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. The surgery is then performed and you’ll be ready to leave the office. It is important that you have a friend or relative bring you home if you’ve undergone sedation. Oral surgery is quickly, comfortably and easily done in our office at your own convenience, and we are here to help with any post-operative complications. Some of the most common surgeries that we perform on a regular basis include:
- Dental implants
- Wisdom tooth removal
If you think you may need oral surgery, call us today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment in our office offering one-on-one care and low wait times.
Frequently Asked Questions
During an oral surgery procedure, you can expect the surgeon to review your medical history and take a thorough look at your mouth. The oral surgeon may use tools such as X–rays, imaging or a physical exam to gain an accurate understanding of your mouth and the procedure needed. Depending on the type of surgery, sedation or anesthesia may be required, along with cutting and removal of tissue or bone as needed.
Some things you can do to prepare for your oral surgery include informing your doctor of any medications or supplements you are taking, abstaining from smoking and drinking for at least 24 hours prior to the procedure, and brushing and flossing the day before and day of your appointment. Additionally, it is important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions and to arrive on time to your appointment.
There are many different types of oral surgery, including simple procedures such as tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, restorative surgery, cosmetic dentistry, endodontic surgery, ill–fitting implants and dentures, jaw surgery, and corrective jaw surgery.
Your recovery process will depend on the type of oral surgery you have, and will be guided by your doctor’s instructions and advice. Generally, after oral surgery it is important to rest and limit all physical activity, including eating, for the first 24 hours. You may also be asked to take medications to reduce pain and swelling, along with sticking to a soft food diet for a few days. It is also important to maintain proper oral hygiene as directed by your doctor, and to follow up with your doctor in a timely manner.