Oftentimes the words “oral surgery” can make dental patients apprehensive. While oral surgery is not something most people look forward to, the procedure is often necessary to extract teeth and prevent damage to the gums, bone or jaw. Some of the most common reasons dentists perform oral surgery include:
- Decayed, broken or cracked teeth that are non-restorable by other methods.
- Advanced stages of gum disease that have caused bone damage and made the teeth excessively mobile.
- Malpositioned teeth that are a constant source of irritation to the cheek or other parts of the mouth.
- The need to increase jaw space to place orthodontic appliances.
- Non-functional or impacted teeth that serve no purpose, but increase the risk of future dental issues.
Before a surgeon can give the go ahead for tooth extractions, he or she will need to do a pre-treatment examination and consider the patient’s medical history. In addition, if there are infections present, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to help treat them. If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as advised to clear infections properly and reduce the risk of complications during surgery and healing.
Once the extraction is complete Dr. McMillon will give post-op instructions to prevent infections and trauma of the extraction site. Depending on the extent of the oral surgery, the dentist may also prescribe medications to help manage pain.
If would like to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming procedure, please free to contact us via phone or email. You can also learn more about the services and options we provide by visiting our services page.