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Why Get Oral Surgery?

You might get oral and maxillofacial surgery for many common reasons, from dental implants to treating tumors or cysts in the jaw. Besides, oral surgery solves your cosmetic or reconstructive needs as well.

Other reasons that may force you to visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon include wisdom teeth issues, facial pain or TMJ/TMD, misaligned jaw, cancer in the face, jaw, or neck area, etc.

If you are facing any of these issues, book an appointment with your regular dentist or a dentist near you.

We Offer Compassionate Oral Surgery

While most people won’t have trouble with their wisdom teeth, these are often removed during (@oralsurgery ) oral surgery to prevent more serious issues like an abscess.

Wisdom teeth usually start to surface during a person’s late teen years and into their early 20s. They often begin to make an impact as they begin to emerge, growing sideways into the neighboring teeth or angled forward. Partially erupted teeth may present other issues as these teeth are difficult to care for and clean.

Extractions are ordinarily handled by an oral surgeon dentist on an outpatient basis. Most tooth extractions are part of preventative measures to safeguard against changes in the alignment of the teeth during orthodontics or more severe difficulties.

Warning Signs You Need Dental Oral Surgery

  • Dry Sockets: While dry sockets will generally heal on their own, be sure to consult your oral surgeon dentist to expedite the healing process and to ensure there is no risk of infection.
  • Nerve Injury: Nerve injuries are mostly temporary but should never be overlooked.
  • Damage to Prior Dental Work: If your surgery has maligned any previous dental work, immediately contact your dentist.
  • Damage to Surrounding Areas: Though rare, an injury may happen around the sinus cavity or jaw. Any injury should be treated as a dental emergency.

When Prescribed

  • Impacted teeth
  • Prevention of malocclusion
  • Cysts, tumors, or abscesses
  • Partial eruption leading to an operculum

Types of Oral Surgery

Advanced oral surgery is often performed when the patient is young because the tooth roots have not yet been set in the jawbone. After the teeth are anchored, extraction has been proven more difficult and requires a longer recovery time.

Simple Extraction

While performing a simple extraction, the dentist or oral surgeon will apply a local anesthetic. Doing so will numb the area but will not render the patient unconscious.

Then, the target tooth will be uplifted using an elevator and removed from the patient’s mouth with forceps. The dentist will perform this process gently to not break the tooth during extraction. This type of removal is done for those patients whose teeth have erupted already.

Surgical Extraction

The dentist may supply an IV anesthetic, which will help the patient relax yet remain conscious. The oral surgeon will then make a surgical incision to expedite the tooth extraction.

Often, the tooth will be sectioned to handle the extraction. This type of surgery is performed for those patients whose teeth have not yet erupted or who have additional issues like large or curved roots.

Patient Dental Oral Surgery Experience

Your encounter with oral surgery will vary based on how complex the extraction performed is.

  • All oral surgery services will begin with a free consult, where you will be made aware of any current or potential issues with your teeth.
  • Despite the anesthetic, you will encounter numbing and even difficulty chewing or talking after your procedure.
  • Rehab time varies based on what type of procedure. Surgical tooth extraction requires more time to heal.
  • Inflammation is generally more significant after surgery, so you may be provided with instructions for managing your pain and swelling.
  • The oral surgeon dentist will provide you with a list of soft foods after oral surgery and instructions regarding how to care for your wounds.
  • Contusing the face or oozing blood from the wound is common and will go away within a few days.
  • The oral surgeon may or may not use stitches to close the incision. Some stitches will dissolve on their own, while others require a follow-up visit to be removed.
  • You will also be instructed to avoid smoking following surgery. You should also avoid activities that may loosen the blood clots, such as drinking through a straw or rinsing your mouth out.
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FAQ for Oral Surgery

The entire process will take around 20-40 minutes for single tooth extraction. If you have other teeth to extract, the time will automatically be increased by 3-15 minutes per tooth.

The procedures involved in the oral surgery are not painful due to the fact that the periodontist numbs the area using anesthesia.

Your oral surgeon will recommend you rest at least 48-72 hours after the treatment, as this will allow clotting in the treated area. After that, a patient should be able to perform normal physical activity. The soft tissues will automatically heal within 3-4 weeks after oral surgery.

After oral surgery, patients should avoid tough or crunchy foods like pizza, rice, popcorn, hamburgers, and even spicy and acidic foods. However, after seven days, they may resume their normal diet.