Dental care can sometimes entail more than just a simple cleaning or filling. There are times when oral surgery becomes necessary. If you’ve been scheduled for oral surgery, or deciding about getting oral surgery, here is a quick overview about what to expect.
Before Your Oral Surgery
Before coming in for any oral surgery appointment, the dentist will sit down with you and outline what is going to be done. This is done in order to help put your mind at ease and answer any questions that you may have. During this meeting, anesthesia options are discussed. If you are feeling nervous about the procedure, anesthesia is often suggested to make the experience as stress-free as possible. Local anesthetics also ensure there is no physical discomfort, and it is typically left up to both the dentist and the patient to decide which treatment would be the most suitable. This methodology is used as long as there are no other health issues or extenuating circumstances to be considered.
Surgery Options for Fixing Wisdom Teeth, Damaged or Missing Teeth
When teeth are damaged or missing, there are often two types of surgeries that are performed. These are:
- Dental Implants
- Complete reconstructive surgery
Commonly, teeth that are no longer there are replaced with dental implants. A dental implant surgery consists of creating a supportive structure to function as a substitute for the root of your natural tooth. Afterwards, a realistic artificial tooth is placed on this new structure in order to ensure that this is a good fit and it will function day to day.
Impacted teeth, often wisdom teeth, form when there is not enough room in the mouth, or there is an issue that does not allow the teeth to break free of the gum line. When this is the case, it can cause pain for the person, as well as affect their other teeth. In order to remove impacted teeth, minor surgery is usually required. However, due to anesthesia, the patient feels no pain during this procedure and only slight pain afterwards for a few days.
Reconstructive surgery involves removing impacted teeth, implanting new teeth, and rebuilding portions of the mouth. This is often done for those who have major issues with their teeth or have had some kind of accident that results in their teeth or their jaw bones becoming damaged.
Aligning the Jaws
Many people have the issue of their jaws not aligning. This can cause problems with teeth growing in properly and can also lead to headaches and other pain. Oral surgery can help to align the jaw bones, helping with the appearance as well as with the movement of the jaw.
Correcting Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea causes difficulty breathing during sleep, and can be a dangerous condition for a person. In some treatments for sleep apnea, the extra skin in the back of the throat is removed, which has been shown to greatly help deal with the issues that the person is feeling.
After Your Oral Surgery
After any oral surgery in which general anesthesia is used, the patient will need someone to drive them home, as they are going to feel groggy. The day of the surgery, the person should limit activity and rest. Pain can be an issue for many people for a few days after the surgery, but this can be managed with over the counter or prescribed pain pills. In most cases, a cold pack placed on the jaws can help to alleviate some discomfort. Most patients feel better 2 to 3 days after the surgery and completely healthy within a week.