If you’ve never had an oral surgery procedure before, knowing what to expect can make the treatment much less stressful. Your dental team will always try to preserve your teeth, but in some cases extractions and surgery is simply unavoidable. Here’s some situations where oral surgery may be needed:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Other impacted teeth
- Jaw irregularities
- Severely damaged teeth
- Dental Implants
Your Oral Surgery Procedure
The process for oral surgery will vary based on your unique needs, but you can expect your dentist to begin by taking an x-ray of your teeth. This helps to determine if a tooth extraction is definitely needed, or if the tooth can possibly be restored. Your dentist will then explain the procedure to you completely, and you can always ask questions about the process.
Depending on your unique needs, you will either be numbed, or anesthesia will be used. If you will simply be numbed for your extraction, typically a numbing gel is applied, and then a shot is administered to completely numb the area around your affected tooth. Then, your dentist will proceed with the extraction, and the treatment is usually fairly quick.
In more complicated situations, like impacted wisdom teeth, aesthesia may be necessary. The dental team will go over all the requirements for before and after the treatment so you can be completely prepared. When anesthesia is being used, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.
Last, you’ll be given a set of instructions for the recovery process, including dressing and cleaning the treated area. Following these instructions is vital, and it ensures that you gums, jaw, and entire mouth heal properly. Again, these instructions can vary based on the procedures you are receiving, but you can expect detailed steps from your dental team to make the process as easy as possible.
Oral Surgery Glenview
If you have any questions, or if you think you may need oral surgery, contact our office today for more information. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and we can schedule an appointment to visit our dentist right away!