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What Is Oral Surgery in Dentistry?

What Is Oral Surgery in Dentistry

You’ve been experiencing dental pain for weeks now. It hurts so much now it’s almost intolerable. Perhaps you’ve been experiencing jaw pain recently, or you may have recently experienced tooth loss. How about a trip to the dentist? How do you go about seeing for oral surgery if you need one? 

If you are thinking about your oral health lately and want to know more about oral surgery, this article is for you. 

What Is Oral Surgery?

Many people get anxious when hearing the words “oral surgery” spoken by their dentist. Patients may fear that they have a significant medical condition and must endure an invasive, painful, and costly operation.

In reality, however, many oral surgical treatments are relatively frequent and treat issues that affect a large percentage of the population, such as impacted wisdom teeth, sleep apnea, and tooth loss. While every situation is unique, many of these operations can be performed on an outpatient basis. Patients can typically return to their routines and work within a few days.

Additionally, many dentists will suggest an oral surgeon ensure that their patients receive the finest care available. The surgeon may recommend other non-surgical therapy options in some circumstances. Talk to your dentist if you are concerned about being referred to an oral surgeon. That person can reassure you and explain why they think this is the best action.

Common Types Of Oral Surgery

Oral surgery encompasses a wide range of treatments, from removing teeth to treating infections in the nerves of the teeth and jaw. The jaw may need to be moved to perform certain oral surgery. Tumor removal is another common reason for oral surgery. Numerous dental professionals, such as endodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists, are qualified to undertake oral surgery.

Here are some procedures our clinic offers:

Frenectomy

For improved speech and eating, dentists may recommend a frenectomy, a treatment in which a little piece of tissue in the mouth (called a frenulum or frenum) is either cut or changed. 

Tongue-Tie

The abscess of tissue under the tongue (the frenum) is the root cause of tongue tie. The majority of tongue ties are loosened shortly after birth.

Limited tongue mobility can interfere with eating, swallowing, and language development in infants and young children with tongue bound. A greater degree of freedom of movement for the tongue is achieved through surgery that shortens the frenum.

Lip Tie

Like a tongue tie, a lip tie occurs when the frenulum of the lip prevents the lip from moving freely in the mouth. As opposed to limiting tongue mobility, a lip tie limits lip mobility. Breastfeeding, swallowing, and language development might all suffer as a result.

Lip ties are typically cut or adjusted soon after birth to improve the newborn’s capacity to eat and develop.

Laser Growth Removal

Dental devices can occasionally experience issues with gum tissue or other oral tissue that causes irritation, discomfort, or device malfunction. At the Luth & Heideman Center for Dental Care, we employ cutting-edge equipment to make the removal of these growths as quick, easy, and comfortable for you as possible.

With laser growth treatment, unhealthy tissue is vaporized with a laser beam. Oral sedatives and lasers explicitly created for oral usage are used during the treatment. Since the laser cauterizes as it burns away the tissue, laser treatments rarely result in infections.

It may seem like a painful process, both during and after, to have your gum tissue burned away. However, due to the characteristics of lasers, the procedure is relatively painless and has a shorter recovery time.

Laser treatments typically have a shorter recovery time than those requiring incisions. While the treated region heals, patients often have reduced pain and discomfort.

Simple Extractions

A tooth extraction may be required as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Many people get their teeth pulled for these reasons:

  • Tooth decay caused by an incurable infection
  • Experiencing dental decay or removing a tooth that is misshapen or broken
  • Cracked teeth
  • Wisdom teeth extraction is one of our most often procedures. Wisdom teeth extraction is a standard procedure usually done during early adulthood.

Numbing drugs are used to help with tooth extractions. In either case, our dentist will use specialized equipment to help loosen the tooth from the gums and pull it out.

Bone Grafts

When disease or heredity has deteriorated or destroyed bone in the jaw, a bone transplant can be performed to strengthen and fortify the affected area.

Bone from another area of your body or a tissue bank can be harvested and fused to the patient’s jaw. Bone grafting will result in a healthier, stronger jawbone.

What Generally Happens During Oral Surgeries

You should expect your oral surgeon to give you instructions on preparing for surgery, handling your recovery, and any medications you may need to take.

If general anesthesia is used, your oral surgeon may instruct you to fast beginning the evening before your surgery. To lessen the effects of hunger and thirst, surgeries of this nature are typically scheduled for first thing in the morning.

You may not be advisable to drive alone to the office after your treatment; therefore, you may be asked to bring a friend or family member with you. Feel free to ask your oral surgeon and hygienist any questions you may have as soon as you enter the surgery room. If you are awake during the procedure, they may offer you pain medicine or a sedative and explain what will happen next.

Your oral surgeon will advise you on time necessary for recovery. Take it easy for a day or two and cancel some plans. While your mouth or jaw heals, you may be prescribed antibiotics and painkillers and told to avoid eating or drinking certain things.

Takeaway

Luth And Heideman Center For Dental Care is here to help if you don’t have a dentist and are having trouble with your teeth, jaw, or gums. Get in touch with our knowledgeable staff today, schedule an appointment, or learn more about our services and pricing options. You may get all of your dental health needs met in one convenient location because we frequently host in-house specialists in this clinic.

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