Any medical operation involving the teeth, jaw, and gums is known as oral surgery. Depending on the operation, it may be performed by your general dentist in their office or by an oral surgeon in a hospital or clinic setting.
Who is an Oral- Maxillofacial Surgeon?
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts in issues involving the mouth as well as maxillofacial concerns involving the jaw and face. A dual qualification in dentistry and medicine is required for such a specialist, as an Oral-Maxillofacial Surgeon must be able to treat conditions that necessitate knowledge and experience in both fields.
Some Common Types of Oral Surgery
- Tooth extraction
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Dental implants
- Surgical treatments for TMJ issues
- Gum graft
- Root canal
- Surgical procedures to relieve Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When Would I Need Oral Surgery?
Our dentist may recommend oral surgery if your dental issue is causing unbearable discomfort and the symptoms are going beyond the expertise of the general dentist. For example, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, you may need to see an oral surgeon to have them removed. If you are suffering from gum disease and need a gum graft, you will be referred to a periodontist who specializes in such procedures. If you need oral surgery, your dentist will discuss it with you and refer you to the appropriate specialist.
How Do I Prepare for Oral Surgery?
Prepare for your oral surgery the same way you would for any other medical operation. Also, always follow your dentist's instructions.
- You can start by ensuring the place you're returning to is clean and disinfected, so you can stay comfortably for at least a few days if necessary.
- Follow the pre-surgery instructions given by your oral surgeon. Typically, you will be instructed to fast for 8-10 hours before your procedure.
- If necessary, make arrangements for return transportation as some types of anesthetic can make it difficult for you to drive. You'll need someone to drive you home if you're receiving an IV anesthetic.
Some Essential Aspects of Oral Surgery Recovery
You must facilitate quick recovery from your oral surgery. Don't smoke or consume alcohol because it will slow down your recovery. Use an ice pack to relieve pain or swelling. To kill bacteria, rinse your mouth with salt water every few hours instead of brushing your teeth. Allow yourself to be patient since recovery might take time, depending on the sort of oral surgery you had. Make an appointment with your dentist as directed.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.