Do you require extensive dental work? If so, you may be considering oral surgery. Oral surgery aims to assist with complex issues or diseases of the mouth, such as periodontal disease. It targets areas like the jaws, neck, gum tissue, and teeth.
A few examples of oral surgery procedures include:
- Natural tooth extractions
- Tooth replacement
In some cases, oral surgery is necessary to preserve your oral health; without it, you may suffer from tooth loss or other complications.
Who Needs Oral Surgery?
Patients who deal with pain, bone loss, or gum disease may be interested in oral surgery. These procedures can reduce the pain and discomfort that some people may experience every day. Oral surgery can also be used to correct cosmetic issues such as missing teeth.
At Fresh Dental, we offer oral surgery services in Winnipeg, MB. Our dentists provide a variety of treatment options for dental issues. If you’re interested in oral surgery, you may be curious about these popular oral surgery treatment options:
We aim to restore natural teeth whenever possible, but in some cases, extractions are necessary. If a tooth is decayed, infected, or broken, it may require an extraction. While natural tooth extractions may sound painful, we use local anaesthesia to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants, you’ll need enough bone to support the titanium screw. If the amount of bone at a potential implant site is not sufficient to support the dental implant our Dentists may recommend a bone graft. This bone can be taken from another site (donor site) or alternatives may be used (human bone, animal bone or synthetics) which will in time be converted by your body into your own bone.
You can permanently replace missing teeth with a dental implant. This surgical procedure requires several appointments. During the first, the titanium dental implant will be installed in the jawbone. Once the osseointegration process is complete, your dentist will attach an abutment and a dental crown for a permanent tooth replacement. Good oral health will increase the success rate of your dental implant.
Impacted teeth can cause severe pain. On top of that, they may damage your surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth aren’t entirely necessary; since you have other molars to chew with, you can have them removed without sacrificing the functionality of your teeth. With oral surgery, we can remove wisdom teeth that are causing pain.
Many cavities can be repaired by removing the decayed structure and replacing it with a filling. But if decay reaches the pulp chamber of a tooth, a root canal will be necessary. The dentist will drill to access the innermost layers of the tooth, then remove the pulp tissue from within it. Once that’s done, they use a filling material to replace the structure, then cover it with a crown.
This oral surgery can alleviate tooth sensitivity that results from receding gums. For this procedure, patients are typically referred to a periodontist who specializes in gum grafting.
Recovering After Oral Surgery
The healing time will vary based on which type of oral surgery you receive. However, most procedures take 5-7 days to recover from. Some of the most common side effects following oral surgery include redness, swelling, and pain.
To help you with your healing process, we’ve put together a few aftercare tips for you:
- Manage your pain and swelling by taking medication prescribed by your dentist, or an over-the-counter drug (such as ibuprofen).
- Avoid any hot or cold foods. Extreme temperatures may irritate sensitive teeth or gum tissue.
- Eat a diet of soft and bland foods. Try to select things that are easy to chew.
- If you have any concerns about your oral surgery, call your dentist ASAP.
Book An Appointment
A Dentist can identify oral health concerns, examine your teeth, and determine which oral surgery procedure is right for you.
At Fresh Dental, we offer treatments like tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removals, dental implants, and more. Our dentists are always happy to meet with new patients. Call our office in Winnipeg, MB today to schedule your appointment.
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