While no one looks forward to oral surgery, it is sometimes necessary. From tooth extractions to reconstruction, surgery is involved. But don’t panic! If you need dental surgery in Gilbert, Lifetime Family Dental has the technology and know-how to make your procedure as smooth and painless as possible. The most common types of dental surgery are:
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Impacted wisdom teeth are no picnic. When these last molars fail to completely emerge, they become impacted between the gums and jawbone. This painful condition may also affect the health of the surrounding teeth, so it is common practice to remove them. Anesthesia is used for this outpatient surgery. Recovery is like any tooth extraction, but the soreness may linger for a few days longer due to the deeper incision required.
Sometimes a tooth needs to be removed when there is trauma or underlying disease. Occasionally, it is needed for an overcrowded mouth. If the tooth is fully emerged, extraction is a simple procedure. However, if tissue or bone needs to be cut in order to remove the tooth, surgery is required. Like wisdom tooth surgery, general anesthesia is administered and stitches will be used to close the wound.
Over the past 30 years, dental implants have become more common as a way of replacing missing, broken or diseased teeth. Implant surgery involves several steps: inserting a titanium post into the jawbone, screwing in an abutment to receive a crown, and placing the crown on the abutment. The process takes several visits, two surgeries and months of healing. However, dental implant surgery is widely considered to be a very safe procedure.
When jaws are not properly aligned, they don’t function well. This condition can also be extremely painful when chewing, yawning and even sleeping. Maxillofacial and oral specialists can surgically correct the misalignment, but it will require a hospital stay of several days.
If your dentist detects a lesion in your mouth, this may necessitate a biopsy. A small piece of the affected tissue will be cut away and sent to a lab for analysis. This is minor surgery that will be done with a local, rather than a general, anesthetic.
Lifetime Family Dental will sit down with you and thoroughly explain any surgical procedure that you may need. We will explain how to prepare for the oral surgery and the recovery period. If you are experiencing tooth, gum or jaw pain, don’t wait until complications occur or infection sets in. Give us a call for an emergency appointment and we will get you in as quickly as possible. Your health is our top priority.
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