Oral Surgery

Like other terms used in the dental office, oral surgery is an umbrella phrase that encompasses much of what a dentist can do for you from a procedural point of view. Sometimes patients get the wrong impression that oral surgery is any type of involved oral operation that includes general anesthesia or some form mild conscious sedation. This causes unnecessary anxiety.

But that’s not the whole picture. Oral surgery can be as routine as a tooth extraction or more intricate like a sinus lift, a bone graft, or the placement of dental implants. At the Centers for Dental Implants the last thing we want is for you to become nervous over a term of art.

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Common Oral Surgery Procedures

Some of the most common oral surgical procedures include:

  • Tooth Extraction – This is the procedure when a tooth is removed. Usually this requires local anesthetic and is a common solution for decayed teeth, loose teeth, root fracture, primary teeth that haven’t fallen out, or to reduce crowding.
  • Jaw Surgery – Repairs form and function to the patient’s jaw for reasons that include, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), trauma from injuries like a car accident, incorrect bite, difficulty chewing, incorrect jaw position which can lead to facial features that appear out of proportion.
  • Dental Implants – This is when your dentist replaces a missing tooth or teeth (whether it’s fallen out or has been extracted) with an artificial replacement fixed into the jawbone with a titanium screw topped with a crown.
  • Disease Detection and Treatment – Our dentists are trained in detecting oral cancer. They will also inspect your neck and head for any abnormal or suspicious growth. If there is something suspicious a piece of the growth will be removed for a biopsy.
  • Sinus Lifts – During a sinus lift the sinus membrane is raised to make room for additional bone to the upper jaw. Once this procedure is complete you will then be able to continue with your scheduled dental implant placement.
  • Bone Grafts – Certain restorative dental procedures call for healthy bone so that they can be completed with success. With a bone graft, our dentists will harvest bone from a donor site or use bone from a bone bank. Once the site has sufficient bone additional dental procedures can be carried out.
  • Third Molar Extraction – When a wisdom tooth is blocked and unable to come in fully, it is considered impacted. Over time impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and inflammation and eventually damage adjacent teeth. To prevent these complications a third molar extraction is usually advised.
  • Impacted Canines – Like wisdom teeth, canines can also become impacted. Left untreated this condition can risk the formation of abscesses or exacerbate root damage. A minor oral surgery is all that’s required to correct the problem.

What to Expect During Typical Oral Surgery

Prior to starting treatment, patients will be required to attend a consultation appointment. This is where our expert team will go over your medical history. We will also review your oral health, and discuss your treatment options. Your teeth will be examined visually and if necessary, X-rays. Depending on your surgical requirements, our team may be able to complete the treatment the same day. If not, we will schedule you for a future appointment.

To best guarantee your comfort during oral surgery, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and IV anesthesia, are all possible pain management/sedation options. When it’s time for your appointment we will double check your vital signs, provide the requested anesthesia, and complete the surgery. Post-op care instructions will guide you toward a smooth, fast recovery. Your post-op recovery appointment will take place approximately one week following surgery.

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For more information about oral surgery, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garg and his team, contact the Center for Dental Implants at one of our locations around Miami today!

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Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

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Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

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Aventura, Florida 33180

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Miami, FL 33125

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