If you are a resident of the Westside/Airport/South Bay area and believe you may be in need of an oral surgery or other treatments, the Cosmopolitan Dentist is here to provide complete dental health care.Led by Dr. James Chen, a leading prosthodontist and expert in implants, oral reconstruction, and better, healthier smiles, we are the area’s leading dental health resource. To make an appointment, just call us at (310) 648-8066 and our team will begin the process of dealing with your dental health issue. For further information regarding some of the most frequently asked questions about oral health, continue reading below.
When is oral surgery needed?
There are numerous reasons patients might require oral surgery and other dental procedures. These include:
• Wisdom Teeth Removal. Perhaps the most commonly performed type of oral surgery is the removal of the third set of molars which are usually misaligned in the mouth. They are typically removed both to prevent painful impacted teeth and stop them from pushing other teeth and causing orthodontic issues.
• Gum surgery. Periodontal problems are far from uncommon but highly treatable. However, when such issues as bleeding gums and halitosis (bad breath) persist and become more difficult to treat, occasionally procedures such as gum grafts become necessary to revive the health of the gums.
• Preserving Teeth. Tooth decay can usually be prevented with good oral hygiene, but it nevertheless becomes an issue for most patients at some point in their lives. In most cases, filling a cavity is sufficient but sometimes preserving a tooth requires a root canal, a more highly involved procedure which preserves the tooth root and involves the use of a crown to replace the lost tooth structure.
• Dental Implants. When teeth are lost or extracted, they should be replaced as soon as possible for a number of reasons, and not only for cosmetic and social purposes. While dentures and bridgework are preferable to doing nothing, only dental implants actually prevent bone loss, which can lead to serious systemic health problems as well as the loss of further teeth. Dr. Chen has performed a great many of these procedures, helping countless patients enjoy bright smiles and healthy lives.
If you have questions about these surgeries, or any other oral health issues, please call us at (310) 648-8066 .
Is oral surgery ever involved with orthodontia?
Yes. One frequent cause of teeth becoming crooked is overcrowding, so it sometimes makes sense to extract a tooth in order to make more room. Also, surgery is sometimes used in more extreme types of overbites and underbites to alter the position of the jaw. If you are interested in the many approaches that are now available for straightening your teeth, be sure to ask Dr. Chen and the other members of our team about your concerns.
What’s the best way to get ready for an oral surgery?
Every procedure is different, and the doctor will provide you with the specifics in your case. However, in most cases we ask that patients refrain from eating for a few hours prior to the procedure on account of the anesthesia; in some cases this might be as early as the night prior to the surgery. For the recovery period following the procedure, patients will typically want to make sure their freezer and refrigerator are well stocked with ice packs, soft foods and plenty of water and other liquids. It’s also good to have anything ready you need to keep comfortable, and that typically includes Ibuprofen. (Ask the doctor if you prefer another type of NSAID pain reliever.)
Can the doctor perform oral surgery while I’m seeing another dentist?
Yes. In many cases, a dentist may have suggested oral surgery and, of course, not all dentists are qualified oral surgeons. If you wish to see us while remaining under another dentist’s care, that is never a problem. Of course, new patients to our practice are always welcome.
What should I expect while recovering from an oral surgery?
Every procedure is different, but there are certain issues that arise frequently following most types of oral surgeries. Some level of bleeding is to be expected, and it can typically be controlled with the use of gauze. While this is not something to worry about, it’s probably a good idea to ask the doctor about how much bleeding to expect and for how long it might last.
Swelling is also quite common following a surgery. It can typically be dealt with through the use of ice packs, which can be applied for 15 minutes, with breaks of 15 minutes between treatments. Ibuprofen should be helpful for this problem. Ice treatments are typically only applied for a day or two, while using ibuprofen may continue for several more days. To prevent infections, antibiotics are often prescribed.
As for food, liquid or soft items are recommended, such as soups, scrambled eggs, smoothies, yogurt, steamed vegetables, bananas, apple sauce, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, Jell-O, etc. It’s best to keep your favorites of these types of foods on hand prior to the surgery. In general, it’s important to take it easy for a time and not push yourself physically.
If you have any questions about a procedure or would like to make an appointment with Dr. Chen at our El Segundo office, please call (310) 648-8066.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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