The word "surgery" often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Oral surgery is often performed in a dental office setting, under local anesthesia, with minimal recovery time. Oral Surgery can range from routine procedures such as tooth extractions and implant placement to more complex jaw realignment surgeries and emergency care for facial trauma.
Oral surgery procedures may be performed to relieve pain, treat an infection or trauma, restore function or improve a person's appearance. Procedures and conditions treated include the following.
There are a variety of reasons why you may need a tooth or teeth removed. You may have a wisdom tooth that is impacted; a diseased tooth that can't be saved; or overcrowded teeth that need to be removed so more room can be created to facilitate proper alignment during orthodontics.
Today's preferred method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is placed beneath the gumline and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant is then attached to a realistic-looking dental crown that is visible above the gumline and indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
Learn more about your dental implant options.
Oral Diagnosis & Biopsies
When a suspicious oral lesion is found, a biopsy is often used to detect or rule out oral cancer – a disease that is treatable if caught early. A biopsy involves removing a very small tissue sample for laboratory analysis.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Excess tissue in the back of the throat may need to be removed in certain individuals with sleep apnea.
Facial injuries can affect not only a person's ability to carry on basic life functions such as eating, but also his or her appearance. Knocked-out teeth can sometimes be re-implanted, or replaced with dental implants.
What to expect
Before your oral surgery is performed, x-rays will often be taken to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. A step-by-step explanation of the procedure along with your anesthesia options will be discussed, and you should feel free to ask any questions you have. Your recovery experience will depend on what procedure you are having as well as your general state of health. It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke. This will help ensure your safety and comfort – always the paramount concerns.
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