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.
Your mouth will be numbed, and your dentist will clean and disinfect the treatment area to prepare for surgery.
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.
If you’re thinking about getting a dental implant but you have lost some of your jaw bone strength due to bone resorption, bone grafting from Woburn Dental Associates may be right for you. In this process, your dentist will create an opening in your gum and jaw tissue. Then, they will pack special bone granules into the area.
Once that’s done, your dentist will suture the area shut. Over time, natural bone will heal and grow around the bone granules, providing a stable platform for your new tooth. With bone grafting, it’s possible to get dental implants even after jaw bone loss.
If you need a bone graft for one of your upper teeth, a sinus lift is usually also required as part of the process. The sinuses are very close to the roots of your upper teeth, so your oral surgeon will use special tools to “lift” the sinus lining out of the way during the bone grafting process.
This ensures that the sinus remains intact while the bone graft procedure is performed. Thanks to sinus lifts, it’s possible to get dental implants even in the upper rear teeth, which historically have been the most difficult area for dental implant placement.
Alveoloplasty is often done as part of a tooth extraction, but may also be done on its own. When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone tissue near the missing tooth may be sharp and pointy. This bone may need to be smoothed out to prepare for a set of dentures or a dental implant.
In an alveoloplasty, your dentist will use special tools to open up the area and gently smooth down the jaw bone. This removes any bony ridges that may interfere with future tooth replacements.
Dental tori are bony growths that may grow on the roof of the mouth or on the bottom of the mouth below the tongue. They're particularly common in older patients. Dental tori are usually harmless and do not cause any pain, so they can sometimes be left in place.
However, if you need dental work like dentures, large dental tori can interfere with the proper fit of your new teeth. If this is the case, tori removal surgery may be necessary. We use the latest surgical techniques and tools to provide expert care in Woburn.
Oral surgery may be needed for lots of different purposes. For example, you may need a tooth extraction and alveoloplasty if you’re having an unhealthy tooth removed. Or, if you’ve already lost a tooth and want to replace it, you may need a bone graft to prepare for a dental implant.
We practice conservative dentistry at Woburn Dental Associates. This means that we will always try to save your natural teeth when possible, and we will only recommend invasive treatments like oral surgery if they are truly the best option for restoring your oral health.
This depends on the type of oral surgery you need, as well as the reason for your treatment. To find out whether or not a specific type of oral surgery is covered by your insurance plan, we recommend consulting with your insurer or checking your policy documents. Every plan is different.