Oral surgery refers to any operation performed on the mouth, jaw, teeth, or gums. Oral surgery may include the removal of teeth, the placement of dental implants, or the repair of other oral structures. Oral surgery is often performed under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is unconscious during the entire procedure.
Tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove the tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth is severely infected and has likely abscessed, it may need to be extracted. If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may also need extraction. An extraction procedure will require an incision in the gum line. The tooth will be lifted out and removed.
Bone grafting is a type of oral surgery procedure that rebuilds bone in the jaw. Bone loss in the jaw can create problems with speaking and eating. The bone is taken from another part of the body, or synthetic bone is used. After the bone is placed, the gums are stitched up.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist surgically places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. A dental implant is one of the best ways to replace missing teeth because it is the only solution that replaces both the tooth root and the tooth.
A frenum is a band of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes this tissue. A frenectomy may be recommended if a child has difficulty breastfeeding or speaking due to a restrictive frenum.
Soft tissue grafting is a specific type of oral surgery used for preventing gum recession. The procedure involves taking gum tissue from one area of the mouth and grafting it to the gum line. This is done when the gums are receding from a tooth and exposing the root. The exposed root is very sensitive and prone to decay, so grafting the gums to the area will protect it and reduce the risk of further recession.
Oral Surgery - Aftercare
After oral surgery, you’ll need to follow all instructions given to you by your doctor. Here are some things to remember:
- Take the medication your surgeon prescribed.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water.
- Eat soft foods. Avoid chewing on hard foods, such as popcorn kernels and ice. These can irritate your wound or break your sutures.
- Avoid smoking or using a straw for 24 hours to prevent infection.
- Use cold packs to help with swelling.
- Avoid brushing your teeth near the extraction site.
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