Common Oral Surgical Procedures
A common dental surgery is tooth extraction, which is usually necessary to resolve disease, trauma or an overcrowded mouth. Teeth that are visible above the gumline and can be pulled with forceps are usually removed by a simple extraction. You may undergo a surgical extraction when bone or tissue must be cut to remove the tooth. Surgical extractions typically also require stitches to close the wound. Wisdom teeth can be particularly stubborn to remove, and often by the time they are surgically removed they may be half erupted or they may be impacted.
Preparing for Surgery
If you're facing any form of oral surgery, there are several measures you can take to ensure you're ready when the time comes. Your dentist will refer you to a dental specialist in the field of surgery you need. During your consultation with the specialist, they might take additional X-rays of your mouth and head to determine precisely what your needs are. They will review your medical history, and it's important to mention all medications you take including over-thecounter products, vitamins and supplements. Depending on the procedure planned and your medical history, your oral health professional may administer antibiotic prophylaxis. The American Dental Association explains that those who have prosthetic joints, have certain heart conditions or have a compromised immune system may benefit from premedication.
On Surgery Day
On the day of surgery, if you're expecting anesthesia, you should avoid food and drink for eight hours before the procedure. Patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, will be monitored during the procedure for any complications relating to the anesthetic, and the duration of your stay in the hospital will depend on the type of surgery you undergo. Some procedures require longer hospitalization than others. For a wisdom tooth extraction procedure, you will be able to leave the dental office the same day.
Recovering from the Procedure
Any form of oral surgery requires a recovery period, during which you may be limited to certain types or consistencies of food or methods of taking in nutrition. A surgical extraction will likely only require some over-the-counter pain medication, while other procedures may require stronger medications and different post-operative instructions. During the recovery period, it's important to follow the instructions, and to contact Dr. Claypoole if you have any questions or concerns. Don't wait until an oral infection develops or complications occur. Call us as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Remember that our entire dental team will be behind you every step of the way, from preparing for to recovering from your oral surgery. With our help, you'll return to feeling your best in no time.
**Some cases still need to be referred to an oral surgeon.
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