The Facts about Oral Surgery

General Dentistry
The Facts about Oral Surgery

If you’ve been told you are a candidate for oral surgery don’t panic. Oral surgery is very common and it’s done at the Watertown Dental office daily. 

Reasons for oral surgery include; 

Oral surgery is often performed when a patient needs wisdom teeth removed, dentures, root canals, impacted teeth extracted, to address facial pain, TMJ, dental implants, to address diseases of the mouth, the removal of tumors and cysts or even surgery to correct injuries from facial trauma. Any surgery related to the mouth, jaw, neck, teeth or surrounding soft tissue is called oral or maxillofacial surgery. Typically these surgeries are an affordable way to fix or maintain your oral health

Does my regular dentist do oral surgery? 

It depends, many general dentists are trained in the field of oral surgery. If they did attend school to become an oral or maxillofacial surgeon they can diagnose or treat defects, diseases, trauma or other issues related to the mouth.  An oral surgeon or maxillofacial surgeon are the same thing - a dental specialist who attended dental school for four years and then spent another four years doing a residency at a surgical hospital. They are highly trained in the field and their knowledge and training regarding anesthesia means patients achieve an optimal level of comfort during the procedure. 

How do I prepare for oral surgery? 

  • Take the opportunity before oral surgery to write down any questions or concerns you may have so the dentist in Watertown or oral surgeon can answer them.  
  • Contact your PCP to find out if you are on any medications that should be discontinued prior to surgery.
  • Find out if you will have prescriptions prior or following the surgery and arrange how you will drop them off and pick them up. 
  • Find out if you will need someone to drive you home following the procedure. 
  • Find out if you can eat or drink. Typically if anesthesia will be used during a surgery, patients are asked not to eat or drink for eight hours before surgery. 
  • It’s good to brush and floss your teeth before oral surgery. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and no jewelry or make-up. 

Ready, set, go!

Being prepared and knowing what to expect prior to oral surgery can ease stress and anxiety. Oral surgery may be necessary to ensure you’re the healthiest you can be. Be prepared and know what to expect. Call your family dentist with any questions. 

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