At Sun Smile Dentistry, we understand that the thought of oral surgery can create anxiety or fear. However, your well-being is our top priority. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing a calm and comfortable environment during your procedure. It can be scary to get any type of surgery.
But, we are here to address all of your concerns with care and compassion. From the moment you step into our practice, our staff will guide you with warmth and professionalism. Our goal is to keep you informed and supported throughout your journey. We are committed to the comfort and safety of our Port Charlotte patients.
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery includes a range of procedures that address issues concerning the mouth, jaw, face, and neck. For these surgeries, you need to seek a skilled oral surgeon. This is because they have extensive training and expertise in both dentistry and medicine.
What are Some Common Oral Surgery Procedures?
There are a variety of ways your oral surgeon can help you. However, there are common oral surgeries that you may encounter at the dentist.
Tooth Extractions: A tooth extraction is a procedure in which your dentist removes a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. You may need a tooth extraction due to severe tooth decay, an impacted wisdom tooth, or general overcrowding.
Dental Implants: If you have missing teeth, you can choose dental implants as a replacement option. These devices are titanium tooth roots that your dentist surgically places in the jawbone. It will hold a dental crown that serves as a new tooth.
Bone Grafting: Bone grafting helps to augment or replace bone tissue in the jaw. If you have bone loss, you may need grafting. Additionally, the grafts can improve the foundation for dental implants. For those who have damaged bones due to trauma or disease, bone grafting can repair your jaw.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Surgery: After trying more conservative treatment for TMJ issues, you may need surgery. Some severe cases of TMJ disorders do not respond to other forms of treatment. As a result, you need to address pain and function through surgery.
Are there risks with oral surgery?
Like with any medical surgery, there are potential risks with oral surgery. Of course, Dr. Rosado will discuss any risks with you before the procedure. Of course, our team will take many steps to minimize complications. If you stick to your post-op care instructions, you can increase your chances of a smooth recovery.
Is oral surgery painful?
Typically with oral surgery, you will be under local or general anesthesia. As a result, you should have a pain-free experience during the procedure. However, you may have some discomfort following your surgery. Your dentist will help you manage this pain with prescribed medications and proper care.
How long does it take to recover?
Recovery times can vary depending on the type of surgery you need. But, most patients can return to normal activities within a few days to a week. Complete healing can take several weeks to months.