What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases involving the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, and neck. Extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and treating facial trauma are just a few examples of oral surgery performed by our Dallas dentist.
The Benefits of Oral Surgery in Dallas
Oral surgery can help you get out of pain, remove infections, and correct congenital or chronic issues so you can have a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Call us today to learn more!
Extractions are necessary if a tooth is broken beyond repair or periodontally compromised. A simple extraction involves a local anesthetic and requires you to take it easy for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Try not to do anything strenuous, and don’t drink from a straw or smoke for at least 48 hours so a clot can form in the socket to help it heal.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Sometimes wisdom teeth need to be removed because they are hard to keep clean, or they are causing surrounding teeth to shift due to the pressure from not having enough room to accommodate them.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Impacted wisdom teeth are stuck below the gums. If they’re completely below the gum, they might grow at an angle and put pressure on surrounding teeth, causing pain. They might also be partially sticking out of the gums, but this makes it easier for bacteria to get below the gum line and cause decay.
Alveoloplasty reshapes and smooths out the jaw where a tooth or teeth have been extracted or lost. It’s often done during an extraction to help facilitate healing or after the site has healed but before implant placement to make sure the shape of the jaw supports the implant.
Tori are bony growths that occur in the upper or lower jaw and can be painful or make speaking and eating difficult. They also make wearing a partial denture difficult. They can be removed with a laser and require minimal recovery time.
Sometimes, a biopsy is necessary if you have a suspicious area on the hard or soft tissues of your head, neck, or mouth. A small sample of tissue is removed and sent to a lab for testing.
Socket preservation is a simple procedure done immediately following an extraction. It maintains the natural level of the jawbone in the site where the tooth was pulled, so the site will be ready for a future restoration once healed.