Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and Alabama are trained to correct and resolve a wide array of oral health conditions, including impacted wisdom teeth.
Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around your teeth, jaw and mouth. Depending on the type of procedure, you may need to be referred to an oral surgeon.
Advanced oral surgery procedures are performed by a qualified dental specialist. Dental specialists complete several additional years of education and participate in an advanced residency program.
There are multiple medical specialties within dentistry. Advanced oral surgery procedures are usually performed by:
Each dental specialist specializes in certain types of oral surgery. For example, if you have gum disease and require a gum graft, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist. Additionally, if your dentist determines that a nonsurgical root canal procedure will not be sufficient to save a tooth, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts provide care for a wide variety of dental health conditions. A few of the most common oral surgeries include:
Depending on the type of surgery, you may be asked to take a dental x-ray of your mouth. The dental specialist will review the x-ray and discuss the upcoming surgery with you, providing any pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions. For example, you may be instructed not to eat or drink for eight to ten hours before surgery. Additionally, some procedures may qualify for or require anesthesia or dental sedation.
Closely follow the instructions provided by the dental specialist to ensure the best possible outcome of your treatment.
We understand that undergoing an oral surgery might cause some patients to have a feeling of anxiousness; here are some tips about calming nerves when going to the dentist.
Talk to your dental specialist about the kind of anesthesia you will receive during surgery. Some types of anesthesia can interfere with the ability to drive. If anesthesia is recommended during surgery, you may need to arrange for transportation home.
Talk with the dental team before the surgery date to ask if any transportation arrangements need to be made.
Ask your provider for specific instructions depending on your procedure. Some strategies on how to be comfortable after oral surgery and maintain your results include:
Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C., Advantage Dental Group, P.C., DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C., Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C.