The specialty of oral surgery encompasses a variety of procedures, and oral surgeons can treat a wide variety of conditions, from malocclusions to impacted wisdom teeth to oral cancer to sleep apnea. Not all of these oral health issues will require an invasive procedure, and oral surgeons can prescribe more conservative measures prior to performing surgical procedures.
Your treatment will begin with a thorough evaluation of your case. The oral surgeon will ask about any troubling symptoms, such as discomfort, and complete a clinical examination of the oral and maxillofacial structures. In many cases, the oral surgeon will also take x-rays to get an interior perspective on the jaw and other facial bones.
After the oral surgeon has gathered all of the information needed to develop a treatment plan, your procedure will be scheduled. Your oral surgeon will give you thorough instructions on what to do before and after the surgery to increase your chances of positive outcomes.
Although some oral surgery procedures can be completed using only a local anesthetic, most patients choose sedation for a more comfortable experience. Patients who are going to have sedation should work with the oral surgeon in advance to discuss pre-operative plans. For example, patients receiving IV sedation may need to fast after midnight prior to their scheduled procedure.
Patients should be prepared for any aftercare needed following the surgery. It’s important to be aware of signs of complications or infections, such as persistent bleeding or fever, and to know when to follow-up with the oral surgeon. Patients also should discuss any medications, such as painkillers or antibiotics, that will be needed in the days following the procedure.
Oral surgeons can treat a wide variety of conditions, from malocclusions to impacted wisdom teeth to oral cancer to sleep apnea.
Our oral surgeons have extensive experience in performing procedures involving all of the oral and maxillofacial structures. Each of our oral surgeons also has an outstanding educational background, including the completion of a post-graduate residency in oral surgery. Our surgeons also keep current on developments in the field by attending continuing education courses.
If your dentist has recommended that you consider some type of oral surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.