Oral Surgery Del City OK
The Prospect of Dental Surgery
The thought of having to face oral surgery can be a scary one. Many people already have some anxiety about going to the dentist, and adding dental surgery to the mix can increase nervousness. At Full Circle Dental Care, we are aware of the anxiety that comes along with the need for oral surgery procedures, and we will do everything we can to educate our patients on just what they can expect to try to waylay their fears. Oral surgery does not have to be scary!
Conditions That Might Require Oral Surgery
There are several conditions that might require oral surgery. Some of the procedures we handle at Full Circle Dental Care include the following:
In almost everyone, the third molars are the last set of teeth that will develop. In many cases, the teeth emerge from the gum line and there is enough room on the jawbone to accommodate for these large teeth. But it is not uncommon for one or more of these molars to fail to emerge altogether or fail to emerge in proper alignment with other teeth. If the tooth becomes entrapped within the gum, this means the tooth is “impacted.”
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause quite a bit of pain and swelling, and can even lead to an infection of the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. All of these can lead to even more serious problems such as the formation of cysts or tumors that can actually destroy portions of the jaw. Because of this, dentists recommend these impacted wisdom teeth be removed.
When patients lose one or more teeth, regardless of the reason, dental implants are an excellent option to replace the missing teeth. Not only will implants support a dental crown so the patient regains function of the missing teeth, but the surgically anchored implants stimulate the jawbone. This prevents the jawbone from shrinking.
If you have tooth loss and you are looking at dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you might need a bone grafting procedure if your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough for the implants. Bone grafting involves taking bone from another part of the patient’s body and transplanting it to the desired spot. Once the spot heals, the bone should be restored enough to hold a dental implant.
Recovery From Oral Surgery
As with any type of surgery, there will be a period of recovery afterward. It is important to monitor your symptoms and call our office immediately if you run into any problems or if you have any concerns.
After extractions, you will be sore and swollen for a few days. You may also run a low-grade fever. If three or four days have passed, however, and your pain seems to be getting worse, call our office immediately. You may be suffering from “dry socket” or infection, both of which need to be addressed.
If you have had bone grafting done, it is important to remember not to chew on the side of the procedure for a good six weeks. Again, if you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary with your recovery, always err on the side of caution and give our office a call.
Find Out More About Oral Surgery
If you need oral surgery, don’t let lack of information leave you in fear of the procedure. Call us today and our experienced staff can walk you through the process!