Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the field of dentistry that deals with diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects.It aims to provide aesthetic and functional improvement of hard and soft tissues in the maxillofacial region.
If you are suffering from oral disease, bone deterioration, or need to have teeth removed, oral surgery may be a suitable option. This type of surgery ranges from minor to complicated cases and some of these include wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants and root canal.
Whether you live in Camden or anywhere around London, you can talk to our oral surgeon about tooth replacement.
Benefits of oral surgery
Replace tooth for long term benefit
Patients with missing teeth have different options. If you choose a denture or bridge, this will help to restore your tooth crown but it will not be able to replace the roots. Your device may last for many years but will probably require occasional repair and complete replacement.
Prevent further damage
You may require oral surgery for a progressive problem in certain situations. If you don’t address jawbone deterioration, then this may get worse overtime. Fortunately, we can replace your lost tissue with bone grafting to avoid further deterioration that can lead to significant damage.
Address your oral concern
We can address the problem that is negatively affecting your dental health rather than only dealing with its symptoms. You may take pain relievers to manage jaw problems and perform surgery to correct the problem with proper alignment.
Types of Oral Surgery
Dental implants are common oral surgeries that provide full support and stability to existing and new dentures. It helps in replacing lost or missing teeth with artificial ones to give the look and feel of a natural tooth. People who lose their teeth in an accident or due to infection may benefit from implant surgery. Your dentist may suggest teeth implants for restoring teeth and preventing further oral problems.
Wisdom Tooth extraction
This is a common oral surgery where the tooth is extracted to save other teeth from getting infected. However, not all dental problems require wisdom tooth extraction.
There are certain dental problems that can be treated with root canal therapy. The procedure involves removing the decayed or infected nerve rather than the entire tooth.
There are other kinds of oral surgeries that may be recommended by your dentist. But, these are the most common ones. You may be worried about the pain that you think oral surgery involves. Our experienced dentists ensure they provide the most favorable results with quick recovery and that patients are comfortable at all times.
FAQs On Oral Surgery
Is oral surgery painful?
Oral surgery is not a painful experience. Our dentists take all necessary measures to ensure that you do not feel any pain. Local anesthetic medications will be given to prevent any kind of discomfort during surgery. Post-operative discomfort will be minimal and easily relieved with pain killer medication.
How long will it take to recover from gum surgery?
If tissue is removed from the mouth, you may have some pain for a few days that can be relieved with over the counter pain tablets. The healing procedure is usually quick and it will usually take 1 to 2 weeks for your mouth to heal completely, although it can take longer.
What should I do after oral surgery?
You may apply ice packs to the face for 15 minutes on and off to reduce the swelling. Eat soft foods and liquids after the surgery. Opt for yogurts, soups, smoothies, fruit milkshakes and mashed potatoes.
How soon can I eat after oral surgery?
You should wait for at least one week before eating chewy, crunchy or spicy items. Avoid taking acidic foods since they may irritate the tissue and cause severe pain in the healing process. It may require somewhere between a few days to a couple of weeks to recover from wisdom tooth surgery, but mostly people start feeling better after three days.
Can I drive home myself after the surgery?
If your surgeon has given sedation medications, then you will require someone to pick you up after surgery. You won’t be able to drive for the rest of the day. But, if you receive local anesthesia, then you can drive even after the surgery.