oral surgeries in MCKINNEY, TX

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is any dental procedure that involves making an incision into the mouth or jaw to treat a problem, insert a tooth restoration, or adjust a person’s bite. This may be performed by a qualified dentist or a maxillofacial surgeon. 

Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon if the procedure is outside of their specialty or if it is a complex case. Oral surgery can involve the extraction of teeth, the placement of dental implants, repairing dental trauma, shifting or reconstructing the jaw, treating myofascial pain, sleep apnea, or gum disease, or removing cysts.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery, contact us at Experience Dental today to schedule a consultation with your dentist in McKinney.

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Oral surgery often involves more intense sedation such as general anesthesia in which the patient is fully unconscious during the procedure.

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How it works: The night guard treatment process

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Consultation

 You’ll come into Experience Dental for a consultation with Dr. Dennis Lee. He will perform a thorough oral exam and take x-rays to get a closer look at tooth roots, the jaw, and the position of your teeth to make a diagnosis.

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treatment planning

After diagnosing the problem, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits into your schedule, budget, and goals.

ORAL SURGERY

You will return to Experience Dental for your procedure where we will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth and may use additional sedation as necessary depending on the procedure. Dr. Lee will inform you how to prepare for your treatment.

AFTERCARE

You may have additional follow-up appointments. If you are receiving dental implants, for example, this involves multiple oral surgeries spread months apart. We may also just need to check that the surgery is successful. Your McKinney dentist will give you aftercare instructions.

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Complex Occlusion Issues & Adjustments

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.

Bone Grafts

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

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.

Alveoloplasty

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.

Tori Removal

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.

WHAT DENTAL ISSUES CAN BE TREATED WITH ORAL SURGERY?


  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Decayed or damaged teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Cosmetic or reconstructive changes to the face or jaw
  • Improper bite
  • Missing teeth (dental implants)
  • Oral cancer
  • Ill-fitting dental restorations

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PROCESS LIKE?

You can expect some minor bleeding, swelling, soreness, and pain following oral surgery. Your mouth will be numb for several hours following surgery and it is crucial that you wait until it wears off completely before eating or consuming hot liquids so you do not injure yourself.

Swelling typically peaks 24 hours after surgery and will go down with each passing day. This can be minimized by elevating your head, applying a cold compress, and taking anti-inflammatory pain medication which will also help relieve soreness.

In cases of tooth extraction, gauze will be placed in the socket to stop the bleeding. A blood clot needs to form for proper healing. If this clot does not form or becomes dislodged, you can get a dry socket which is painful and prolongs your recovery. If bleeding is not stopping, try biting down on a wet caffeinated tea bag.

Do not smoke, suck through a straw, engage in strenuous exercise for 24 hours, consume hot foods or liquids, and make sure you stick to a diet of soft foods until your dentist in McKinney says you can introduce harder foods. Stay hydrated and keep your mouth clean to prevent infection but do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours.

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Alcohol interferes with healing so you should not consume alcohol within 24 hours of your oral surgery.

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Have questions about oral surgery? Find answers here. 

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What’s an oral surgeon?

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.

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How long does oral surgery take?

 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.

How much does oral surgery cost?

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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.

Is oral surgery covered by insurance?

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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.

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The average recovery time for most oral surgeries is only 3 days.

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