Oral surgery is an area of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the mouth. Oral surgery includes surgical treatments such as wisdom tooth extractions and dental implants.
Removal of impacted wisdom teeth is the most common reason why patients seek oral surgery. In some cases, oral surgery is first recommended to prevent more severe dental problems in the future.
Reasons for Oral Surgery
A variety of factors influence whether or not a patient needs oral surgery. If we determine a patient is a good candidate, we offer the following services:
Impacted wisdom teeth
In most cases, oral surgery is performed under IV sedation. This means that you are completely asleep during your procedure and will not remember a thing!
During this oral surgery procedure, your wisdom teeth will be removed. Our dentist will suture the incisions in your gums. Your gums may bleed a little after your procedure, but this should stop after a short time.
Bone grafting is a procedure that replaces missing bone with material from the patient's body. Bone grafting can repair damage from gum disease, injuries, or infections. This procedure is also commonly done in preparation for dental implants. Our dentist inserts a metal frame or screws into the jaw below the gums. The donor bone is packed into the jawbone around these metal posts, where it will eventually fuse with the jawbone.
Dental implants can be placed during any phase of restoration. The implant posts are surgically inserted into your jawbone, for which an incision is created on the area to be treated. They are versatile and can replace one or more missing teeth.
Oral Surgery Recovery Tips
After oral surgery, your mouth will require some rest while you recover. During this period, you will want to follow these tips to make sure you heal successfully.
Eat a nutritious diet: Your body requires vitamins and minerals to heal properly, so eat plenty of fresh produce and lean proteins. Avoid any foods that may cause inflammation or pain.
Avoid smoking: Using tobacco products can interfere with your body's ability to heal, so avoid smoking during recovery.
Take pain medication as prescribed: Your dentist will have prescribed pain medication to help you manage any discomfort or pain as you heal. Be sure to take these as prescribed for the best results.
Use an ice pack: Ice packs can reduce swelling, so place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. Do this a few times per day as needed.
Keep your mouth clean: Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would. However, avoid flossing the surgical site until your dentist gives you the go-ahead.
At Dynamic Dental Services, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (773) 538-6191 or visit us at 5401 S. WENTWORTH AVE. #200, Chicago, IL 60609.