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What Is Dental Surgery and How Can it Help Me?
Dental surgery, sometimes called oral surgery, is a procedure performed when a dentist or orthodontist is concerned with the current alignment or function of your dental structure. Dental surgery is performed when other procedures have not been or will not be successful in correcting the problem at hand. An experienced and licensed dentist will perform your surgery when it is needed. We have created this list of questions about the potential reasons for dental surgery and about what dental surgery is in order to help you better understand the purpose of this important treatment option.
What is dental surgery?
Dental surgery is a blanket term for a large number of medical surgical procedures that modify and correct the arrangement and current condition of teeth and jaw bones. Dental surgery is most often used when patients need wisdom teeth removed, impacted teeth extracted, jaw corrected, or other conditions treated that may hinder your ability to chew, speak, or smile to the best of your ability.
How will my teeth or jaws be numbed during dental surgery?
Depending on the severity of the dental surgery needed, we can employ a number of numbing or sedation options. For minimally invasive procedures, we will just administer a local anesthetic to the site that will be worked on. With a local anesthetic, the area prepared for surgery will be completely numb so you do not feel any discomfort though you will be awake for the procedure. For those who have anxiety or need a more invasive dental surgery, we will use a sedation method. We can administer sedatives through a mask that fits over your nose (the "laughing gas" method), through oral medications, or through an IV. Most sedation techniques will allow you be in a “twilight state,” during which you will feel content and sleepy but also able to respond to direction. General anesthesia is used for the most invasive surgeries and will allow you to be asleep during your procedure. When you visit to learn more about your dental surgery, we can explain what numbing technique will be used.
How should I prepare for my dental surgery?
The first way you can prepare for your dental surgery is to ask as many questions as you can about your surgery during your appointment in our office. We are happy to explain in full any concerns you may have. For most patients, we suggest preparing to heal. This means you should have a comfortable location to rest while preparing to entertain yourself with reading or watching television for however long it takes to heal. You should also buy designated types of food or drinks to consume that are safe for your teeth and gums while you heal. We can provide ideas on what we think you will be able to chew or drink during this time.
You should also set up a form of transportation to get you to and from your appointment safely. You should not drive following your dental surgery. Depending on what form of sedation or anesthetic we determine is best for you, we will provide you with information on preparing for surgery when you visit.
We hope we have helped you better understand what to expect during your dental surgery. Healing and surgery times will vary depending on your specific situation. We will explain as many details as necessary to you beforehand, so you feel completely comfortable and confident when you visit for your dental surgery.