While oral surgery is a specialized field in dental health care, many general dentistry practices offer oral surgical services, including wisdom teeth extraction and removal of other impacted teeth. At some point in their lives, just about every adult will experience the removal of their wisdom teeth and or an impacted tooth. The removal of these teeth is critical to a person’s overall oral health. Impacted teeth can result in serious, painful, and expensive oral health issues including infections, abscessed and overcrowded teeth.
The surgery tales place in the dentist’s office using either normal local anesthetic, which is injected into the area where the surgery is to take place or a combination of a local anesthetic and sedation. If sedation is used, the patient will be in and out of consciousness, but will be breathing with out assistance during the procedure. The dentist, who performs the surgery, will be a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.D.S) and is highly trained in the most current advanced surgical techniques and dental technology.
In most cases, an initial consultation will be required followed by another appointment where the actual procedure will take place. During the initial consultation, the dentist will explain in detail the procedure, as well as what to expect during and after the procedure. In addition, pre-surgery instructions will be given as well. On surgery day the dentist and the staff will do everything to make sure that the patient is comfortable during the procedure. Once the surgery is complete, the patient will be sent home with specific aftercare instructions and perhaps a prescription or two. A follow up appointment will take place to check on the healing process.
While oral surgery is not necessarily a great experience, the dentist and their staff is dedicated to making it as comfortable and pain-free as possible!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
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