About Oral Surgery
We’re all familiar with some dental problems that can be resolved with surgery, especially wisdom tooth removal. A wisdom tooth that has just partly emerged from the gum line may cause problems. Swelling, discomfort, and inflammation spread to the gums and other areas as the gap between the jawbone and gum tissues closes. In the worst-case scenario, the dentist may have to extract all of the affected teeth to prevent further damage. There’s also the development of cysts and tumors, which necessitate surgery. If not treated promptly, this can lead to the destruction of parts of your jaw. Surgery is often used to treat serious dental conditions and offers tremendous relief to the patient.
At Burnaby Square Dental, you can be assured that we are composed of skillful and experienced dental surgeons who understand all types of complex oral surgery. Thus, we also share and inform our patients of the whole surgical procedure they may need to have for them to know what to expect.
What to Expect
The anticipation of an oral surgery, like many other procedures, make patients anxious and nervous until they get it performed. To help relieve the patient’s anxiety, we make sure that they are completely aware and understand what they should do to prepare for the operation.
Those who plan ahead of time for surgery will have a less stressful recovery. Your surgeon will provide you with the necessary details. Other items to consider as you plan for oral surgery are listed below.
Types of Oral Surgery
Tooth extraction is one of the most known and needed dental procedures to treat disease, trauma or overcrowded teeth. Any tooth that grows above the gum line will be removed via a simple tooth extraction. On the other hand, surgery may be needed to cut the bone or tissue and extract an impacted tooth, then stitched back to close the wound.
Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that tackles the replacement of missing teeth and the soft and hard tissues around them with prosthetics (crowns, bridges, dentures).
A prosthodontist is a surgeon who specializes in the use of bridges, dentures, or prostheses to repair damaged teeth and associated mouth or jaw structures. Following dental school, they undergo an additional three years of training to specialize in this area.
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery Oral and maxillofacial surgery such as corrective jaw surgery, pre-prosthetic bone augmentation, dentoalveolar surgery, nerve repositioning, and maxillofacial dental implants require specialists to perform them.
Benefits of Oral Surgery
Achieve Long-Term Tooth Replacement
Patients can choose from a variety of treatment options for tooth loss. The crown of the tooth may be repaired with a denture or bridge without the need to replace the roots. This result lasts for many years, with only minor repairs needed from time to time.
Prevent Significant Damage
Jawbone degradation is one of the oral disorders that progresses and worsens the longer it is left untreated. Bone grafting is needed in this case to treat the missing tissues and prevent further damage.
Address the Problem (Not The Symptom)
Oral surgery resolves the underlying cause of the oral disease rather than only merely addressing the symptoms. For example, if you have pain from jaw problems, instead of prescribing painkillers to relieve the symptoms, we will perform jaw surgery to realign your jaws and prevent the symptoms from recurring.
Help in Restoring A Positive Self-Image and Self-Esteem
A successful oral surgery allows you to regain a bright and healthy smile and a better self-image and confidence.
Prevent Tooth Loss
If done at the right timing, oral surgery will save you from future tooth loss, preventing your remaining teeth from getting damaged by infection.
Restore Your Smile
It may seem trivial to be obsessing about how our smiles look to others, but at some point, we cannot deny the fact that our smile is one of the first few things that other people notice in us. Stuff like missing teeth, a cleft palate, a misaligned chin, or a visible tumor on the lip or gum can understandably make you feel self-conscious. Luckily, they can all be resolved through oral surgery, allowing you to regain your self confidence.
Our speech ability, as well as how we eat, is affected by jaw alignment. Thus, correcting the alignment of your jaw can prove to be beneficial for your speech.
Jaw adjustment procedure has many benefits. It improves your overall facial appearance and gives you a more robust and functional bite.
Why Choose Burnaby Square Dental
Care and Commitment
We have a team of specialists dedicated to giving you the best oral care service possible. We are also well-equipped with cutting-edge technology and perform procedures well. Your health, safety, and comfort are our main priority, so we keep everything clean and sterilized in the office. Here, you can relax and be sure that you are in good hands!
Transparency and Affordability
The cost of treatments is among many patients’ common concerns. With that, we make sure to give you an approximate calculation of all the expenses you may possibly incur before you go through any procedure. For more inquiries about the payment method, you can ask our receptionist in the office by calling at (604) 526-2725 or going directly to burnabysquaredental.com/contact.
Frequently Asked Questions
Extraction, placing dental implants, and reconstructive dental oral surgery are standard maxillofacial and oral services.
Inflammation, which gets better typically 7 to 10 days after the surgery, is expected. Meanwhile, stiff muscles around the face can last for up to 10 days after the oral surgery. Hence, using an ice pack on the outside of the face for the first 24 hours after the surgery is advised.
Dentists use a drug with sedation before and after the surgery. While general anesthesia causes the patients to be unconscious, other types may only relax them instead without getting totally unconscious. There are also IV drugs that make them undergo “twilight sleep.”
For the first two days after the surgery, intense pain is expected. Discomfort and soreness in the treated area, which lasts for about 3 to 5 days, is also uncommon. Different patients have different experiences when feeling discomfort. Nevertheless, the surgeon and the dentist will prescribe medications to alleviate the pain or discomfort.
It is advisable not to consume any food or liquid items for at least 8 to 12 hours before the surgery. If a local anesthetic is used, light meals are recommended to be taken 2 hours before the surgery. It is also required that you floss or brush your teeth before coming for surgery.
Maxillofacial and oral surgeons treat injuries, diseases, defects in the mouth’s tissues and the head’s maxillofacial area. They also enhance the function and appearance of their patients by identifying and performing operations or surgeries. Irregular hours are taken up by the oral surgeon for the treatment of their patients.
Refrain from consuming crunchy or tough foods, such as popcorn, pizza, rice, and hamburger. Acidic and spicy food must also be avoided. Only seven days after surgery do most patients return to their regular diet.
It usually takes about a total of two weeks for your face to heal from oral surgery. Swollen cheeks and mouth will dissipate in two to three days. The dentist will remove any stitches after a week. In roughly seven to ten days, overall stiffness and tenderness in the jaw will significantly decrease.
Surgery is done to separate soft tissues either of the oropharynx or the lower jaw. There is also laser surgery, which is an up-to-date treatment method.
Dentists will put you to sleep for the procedure with the use of general anesthesia. As this makes the patient unconscious, it allows for relaxation and discomfort throughout the whole surgery.