The term “oral surgery” is actually quite broad, and refers to any surgery performed on the tissues of your mouth, including your teeth and gums. Because of this, there are a lot of different reasons you may need oral surgery.
For example, if you have a severely damaged tooth or a wisdom tooth that won’t come out all the way, you may need to have oral surgery to cut the tooth apart and extract it, restoring your oral health.
Oral surgery may also be required to replace missing teeth. Dental implants involve oral surgery, and full mouth dentures require you to have any remaining teeth extracted before you can restore your smile. Some oral surgeries may also be used to treat gum disease, though advanced treatments like LANAP/LAPIP have reduced the need for this.
Wisdom tooth extractions are the most common type of oral surgery, with over 10 million wisdom teeth being extracted each year.
The specifics of your procedure will vary quite a bit, depending on the type of surgery you require. We use advanced technology and cutting-edge techniques at Woburn Dental Associates to reduce invasiveness and ensure the best outcome for your procedure.
You’ll be sent home to heal and recover from your surgery. Your dentist will provide you with a set of instructions to follow as you heal and recover. The details will vary depending on your procedure, so make sure to pay attention and follow them closely as you heal.
Most oral surgeries involve at least one follow up, usually 1-2 weeks after your procedure. At this time, your dentist can check your healing and recovery process, and ensure everything is progressing according to your treatment plan.
The overall recovery time for oral surgery depends on the type of surgery you get. As a rule, though, you’ll experience some pain and discomfort for a few days after your procedure, then your condition will begin to improve as you heal.
You may heal in just 1-2 weeks from dental implants or a simple tooth extraction, but it may take longer to heal from more invasive or complex procedures. Your dentist at Woburn Dental Associates will let you know what to expect, and how long it will take to recover from your treatment.
This depends on why you need oral surgery, how serious your condition is, and a lot of other factors. For example, if you are interested in replacing a missing tooth, you don’t necessarily have to get oral surgery and a dental implant. You may be able to get a dental bridge or a partial denture instead.
But for some things, like tooth extractions, there may be no other alternative. Rest assured, though, we’ll always discuss all of your options at Woburn Dental Associates before choosing to recommend oral surgery.