Part of the dental procedures being performed for teeth correction, enhancement and improvement are oral surgeries. This may not sound as exciting as the rest of the procedures because of the thought that it might be uncomfortable and painful. Here at Douglasville Dental Associates, we make sure that our patient get the highest quality of dental service while giving them a comfortable, relaxing and pain-free dental experience.
Oral surgeries are performed for patients who experience conditions such as problems with wisdom teeth, facial pain and misaligned jaws. Oral surgeons can treat accident victims suffering from facial injuries, perform reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors or cysts of the jaws and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas. We understand the anxiety and inconvenience linked with any surgery but our professional and caring experts will ensure you the best and most comfortable dental service.
Here are some of the common types of oral surgeries we perform and what you can expect:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth – wisdom teeth or third molars are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes when they emerge from the gum line, the jaw is not large enough to allow room for them. There are times when they fail to emerge through the gum line and becomes impacted between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, dentists recommend people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
- Dental Implants – dental implant procedure involves surgically implanting a metal post into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth. This will eventually fuse with the gum and bone overtime. Dental implants are great for those with tooth loss who are looking for a long-term treatment option.
- Biopsies – Biopsies are performed to check your mouth for oral cancer if you have a lesion in your mouth that looks suspicious. A small tissue is removed and then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
- Jaw Surgery – Misaligned jaws can cause problems with both the appearance and the functions. Surgery is often times recommended to correct this problem and restore normal function.
- Sleep Apnea – Serious sleep apnea sufferers sometimes do not get healed with just conservative treatments. This is the time when surgeries are done to remove the excess tissue from the back of the throat and significantly reduce symptoms.
- Reconstructive surgery – surgeries are necessary for knocked-out teeth and facial injuries can make even the most everyday functions a challenge (e.g. eating).These procedures replace missing or damaged teeth, treat jawbone and gum damage, and correct jaw joint issues.
- Facial Injury repair – oral surgery is often used to repair fractured jaws and broken facial bones.
- Cleft lip and cleft palate repair – these problems are being corrected by oral surgeons through series of treatments and surgical procedures. These conditions are a result when all or portions of the mouth and nasal cavity do not grow together properly during fetal development. The outcome is a gap in the lip and/or a split or opening in the roof of the mouth.
- Facial Infections – an oral surgeon is the one who assists in diagnosing and treating facial infections. The infections can be characterized by pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws and if not diagnosed and treated properly, these can be life threatening.
Here are some steps you can do after the surgery to hasten the healing process:
- When lying down, keep your head propped up with pillows if possible to limit excess swelling and bleeding.
- Apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off to reduce swelling.
- After the bleeding stops, you can eat soft foods. Stick to a liquid or soft food diet for the first day or two. Examples include soups, yogurts, fruit milkshakes, smoothies and mashed potatoes.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed and make sure you finish the course.
- Keep your mouth clean. While you may be advised not to rinse for the first 24 hours, after this initial period you should gently rinse four times a day using warm salt water.
- Follow a balanced diet. In particular, eat foods rich in vitamins A and C, which contribute to the healing process.