Oral surgery is performed on the tissues of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Maxillofacial surgery is closely related to oral surgery and is defined as surgical procedures in your jaw, head, or face. It is difficult to know whether or not you need oral surgery unless you’ve first had a consultation with a dentist and oral surgeon. Common procedures include the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, treatment for severe sleep apnea, and reconstructive and jaw surgeries.
Oral surgeons complete at least a 4-year residency beyond dental or medical school.
Your dentist will likely refer you to an oral surgeon if they suspect you may need oral surgery, or if they know you require oral surgery in preparation for a related treatment.
Your doctor or oral surgeon will walk you through your treatment, the surgery related to the treatment plan, what to expect the day of the procedure, and how to prepare.
Oral surgeons work with IV sedation and general anesthesia regularly, and will recommend the right sedation option based on your surgery and your needs.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment the day of your surgery. Your doctor will make specific recommendations, but you should plan for a day off and to have someone be with you for the rest of the day after your surgery.
Give yourself a few days to heal after surgery. Swelling and discomfort for the next 24 hours is normal. Keep your head elevated and use ice packs to reduce swelling. Take any medications as directed by your doctor. And stick to a soft food diet for the first 48 hours after surgery.
If you have serious issues with your dental occlusion (bite), Dr. Dennis Lee is here to help with corrective jaw surgery, also known as “orthognathic surgery.” By performing surgery and altering the position of the jawbones, Dr. Lee can correct issues like overbites, underbites, open bites, and other “malocclusions” (bite issues). The type of surgery required depends on the specifics of your condition, so schedule a consultation in McKinney today.
A bone graft is typically required if you’re interested in dental implants in McKinney, but your underlying jaw bone is not strong enough to support the implant. Bone resorption after tooth loss can make it impossible to place the implant.
In this case, a bone graft is used. An opening is made in the gums and jaw, and bone powder or granules are packed into the area, which is then cleaned and sutured shut. Over time, natural bone will regrow over the bone material, strengthening the area, and preparing it for an implant.
Sinus lifts are a type of bone graft that must be performed on the upper teeth. The roots of the teeth are very close to the sinuses, so if you have experienced bone loss in this area, the sinus lining must be “lifted” out of the way to make room for the bone material placed during a bone graft.
This procedure is similar to a bone graft. An opening is made in the gums and jaw bone, and the sinus lining is gently lifted up and away from the area to make room for the bone material. Then, the bone graft proceeds normally.
This procedure is also called “bone ridge smoothing,” and is sometimes required before you get dental implants or a set of dentures. After you lose a tooth, there are often bony “ridges” near the socket where the tooth used to be. If they are especially sharp or prominent, they may need to be smoothed in order to ensure a proper fit for your dental restoration.
In alveoloplasty, the gums are opened to provide access to the ridges. Then, Dr. Lee will use a special tool to gently remove the bone ridges and prepare your mouth for your implant or dentures.
Dental “tori” are benign (harmless) bone growths that commonly occur in the roof of the mouth or below the tongue. Typically, these tori are not a problem, and can simply be left in place.
But if you’re getting dentures, they can block the proper fit of a set of dentures and will need to be removed. Using specialized dental tools and techniques, Dr. Lee will expose the tori and remove each one to ensure a proper fit for your new teeth.
The most common oral surgery is the removal of wisdom teeth
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon completes special training and education beyond dental school, although some oral surgeons choose to pursue a medical degree instead of a dental degree. At a minimum, oral surgeons will complete a 4-year residency at a hospital-based surgical program alongside medical residents in many different specialties, including anesthesia.
It completely depends on the procedure and the complexity of your case. Simpler procedures, such as tooth extractions, can take minutes; more time may be needed to properly sedate you. Complex procedures, like placing dental implants for a full arch or teeth, can take hours. Your oral surgeon will give you a thorough explanation of the procedure, tell you how to properly prepare, and let you know what to expect on the day.
The cost of oral surgery varies from procedure to procedure. Similar to time commitment, simpler surgeries will be less expensive and complex surgeries will be more expensive. If your dental and/or medical insurance does not cover your oral surgery, consider loans or a payment plan to get the care you need.
Possibly, depending on your insurance provider and coverage. You should talk to your dental and medical insurance providers to see if your recommended oral surgery is covered. It may also be worthwhile to file your claim with both your dental insurance provider and your medical insurance provider, since the surgery may qualify as a medically necessary procedure.
The average recovery time for most oral surgeries is only 3 days.