Healthier Smiles with Oral Surgery
When you think of oral surgery, you may think of a long hospital stay, eating ice pops for a week and being doped up on general anesthesia. Not necessarily so!
Oral surgery is most often performed within the dental office, with the use of local anesthesia and the promise of a quick recovery time. From tooth extractions to implant placement to jaw realignment, oral surgery is a common procedure that many adults and kids undergo.
What Will Happen During Oral Surgery?
You obviously have a lot of questions and concerns about oral surgery. We do our best to put your mind at ease by telling you what to expect. At the initial dental visit, you will get x-rays taken to further aid the oral surgeon in preparing for treatment. Your oral surgeon will sit down with you to go over the procedure, how to prepare and what to expect during and after the surgery.
At this time, feel free to ask any questions you may have. How long it takes to recover will depend on many factors, such as your general state of health and the exact procedure you’re having done. It’s always best to be upfront with your dentist and let him or her know about any medications you are on, any chronic health conditions you may have, and whether you are a smoker or not. Not only will this keep you safe and comfortable, it will help the dentist make any important decisions regarding your procedure.
Most Insurance Accepted Including:
Reasons for Oral Surgery
There are many reasons why someone would need oral surgery, from the relief of pain and improvement of physical appearance to the treatment of an infection or restoration of function:
- Corrective Jaw Surgery. You may be a good candidate for oral surgery if your jaws don’t fit together properly.
- Tooth Extractions. Having a tooth removed may be necessary for impacted wisdom teeth, diseased teeth, or overcrowded teeth to ensure proper alignment as part of orthodontics.
- Dental Implants. Titanium dental implants are inserted under the gum line and into the jawbone, then topped with a dental crown made to match your other teeth perfectly.
- Snoring/Sleep Apnea. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea or snoring, you may need surgery to remove excess tissue in the back of the throat to alleviate symptoms.
- TMD. Chronic jaw pain may precipitate the need for oral surgery.
- Oral Diagnosis/Biopsies. If your dentist detects a suspicious oral lesion, you will need a biopsy to find out if it is oral cancer. This is when the dentist removes a small piece of tissue for testing.
- Cleft Lip/Palate. These birth defects occur in up to 800 babies born throughout North America every year. It’s a fairly common birth defect that can be corrected with surgical treatment.
- Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery. Some facial injuries are so severe that they can affect basic abilities, such as eating and breathing. Plus, they can detract from a person’s physical appearance. If you have teeth that have been knocked out, they may be able to be re-implanted or replaced with implants.
Need more information on oral surgery? Our staff at Redwood Dental can put your mind at ease and provide you with all the information you need. Call us at today (800) 462-2222.