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.

Oral Surgery

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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Pascual Vasquez
Pascual Vasquez
22:33 31 Jan 22
Love the staff here! Very informative and Lori was a huge help in navigating me through the process! Would definitely recommend!
Chevy J
Chevy J
15:36 27 Jan 22
I love everything and everyone at this office. Service is always top tier . They make you feel welcomed and comfortable every time you walk through the door. The Dr. V is great at what he does and I highly recommend this office..
akreeti basnet
akreeti basnet
22:19 06 Jan 22
My experience was just so easy and great. Stacy was really helpful in explaining me all my queries. The staff there is very helpful ♥️
Leah Varghese
Leah Varghese
21:45 28 Dec 21
I was super nervous about getting my wisdom teeth out, but Tooth HQ helped me feel a lot better about the whole process. They made sure that I was well informed about everything I should do after my wisdom tooth extraction surgery. It is also very easy to receive help quickly from Tooth HQ. Their services are wonderful, and everyone there is super nice. Overall, I had a great experience!
Ireanna Scott
Ireanna Scott
16:53 03 Dec 21
I came into the office nervous about getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Rosa and the doctor put my nerves at ease. The team is very helpful, they make sure you are very aware of whats going on and needs to be done. I definitely recommend this office.
Judith Matilde Gonzalez
Judith Matilde Gonzalez
22:18 11 Nov 21
Dr. V and his staff were lovely and very nice. They made sure I had my procedure done in a timely manner since I was in a lot of pain. I would for sure recommend!
hussein awad
hussein awad
21:55 28 Oct 21
I came here to take my wisdom teeth taken out. On the day of the procedure, the nurses were very welcoming. The doctor was also very careful and was very nice to talk to. I just came back from my post 2 week checkup surgery and I got to meet more of the amazing staff.
Amanda Marante
Amanda Marante
14:52 04 Oct 21
I had all 4 wisdom teeth operated on and they did very well. They treated me as many times as necessary and with very good treatment, Miss Alice always very attentive and very professional, thank you very much.
Jermani Boyce
Jermani Boyce
22:10 18 Jul 21
The front desk lady was very polite! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. The dentist and his student in training were both very good. They helped me to understand what was going on throughout the entire process! The dental assistant was extremely nice and helpful as well! I definitely recommend this office!
Laura Scarborough
Laura Scarborough
17:01 06 Jul 21
They are REALLY good here!!! After my surgery, I had a question so I called the # they gave me. I was expecting an answering service because it was a weekend. But to my surprise, the Dr. that actually did my surgery was the one that answered my call.. Everyone was so nice and went the extra mile to make sure I was taken care of and understood every step.. Thank y'all for everything 💖
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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.

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