Under the surgical knife: Oral surgery

Posted on: September 2, 2016

For numerous reasons, the stereotype of painful visits at the dentist has gone on for decades. One area of dentistry invokes extreme dread in people: oral surgery. Perhaps it is the fear of being under and not knowing what will happen next, but oral surgery is not even close to as bad as people’s fears make them believe it to be.

A painless endeavor

The American Dental Association, ADA, explains that oral and maxillofacial surgery is the “specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects.” Oral surgery is also useful for “both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region,” the ADA adds.

The surgery itself will be painless thanks to sedation dentistry and anesthesia. As with most medical surgeries, the patient will be put under during the surgery itself. For minor procedures or normal dental appointments in which the patient is nervous, the dentist can use other methods to help the patient relax.

If an individual has any anxiety toward visiting the dentist or oral surgery, the patient needs to alert the dentist to this as soon as possible. In most situations, the dentist will be happy to accommodate the patient and find a solution.

More than just for emergencies

There are three common types of oral surgery dentists will use to treat oral health issues or preferences, including:

  • Treating tooth decay or other infection before it spreads to other areas of the mouth
  • To remove wisdom teeth
  • Cosmetic reasons, such as replacing missing teeth with dental implants

Many of the surgical procedures a dentist performs are designed to help prevent further pain. In fact, the real pain one will feel at the dentist is from the oral health issue and not the removal procedure. Upon removing the infected tooth or area, the patient will begin to feel immensely better.

For anyone who is avoiding the dentist due to the fear or cost of oral surgery, avoiding a dental checkup will only worsen the situation. In many cases, the dentist will attempt to save as much of the infected tooth as possible as opposed to pulling out the entire tooth. A root canal is an example of this procedure, in which the dentist will remove the infected portion in the center of the tooth and set an implant in the hole to protect it.

Common questions people may have about oral surgery

Will oral surgery cost a lot?

The price will vary on the condition of the patient’s teeth and the necessary procedure. Most dental practices will work with a patient’s insurance and create a payment plan if need be. The patient’s health is more important than the cost of not receiving treatment.

Will it hurt?

In almost all situations, the patient will not feel any pain. Following the procedure, the patient may feel some soreness in the area, but the dentist will recommend how best to deal with that.

How do I know if I need surgery?

It can be difficult to tell since there are numerous reasons a patient will need oral surgery. If there is a consistent pain in the mouth or on a specific tooth, then it is important to seek a dental appointment right away. While surgery may not be necessary, a dentist can discern the issue and offer the best treatment method. By scheduling regular dental cleanings at least twice a year, the dentist will be able to catch the early warning signs of infection or disease and treat it without needing surgery.

The Cosmopolitan Dentist

At The Cosmopolitan Dentist in El Segundo, CA, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.

We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At The Cosmopolitan Dentist, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.

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