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Oral SurgeryMetairie, LA

Oral surgery is often required in dentistry, and it is important to ensure that a skilled dentist is performing the surgery to avoid any complications before, during or after the procedure. Here at our dentist office, we are able to provide oral surgery for patients who are in need, helping them gain a healthier, more beautiful smile with a large variety of methods available to us.

Oral surgery can be a nerve-wracking experience for many patients. Here at our dentist office, we realize this and do everything in our power to be there for the patient every step of the way, answering any questions or addressing any concerns they may have throughout the entire process.

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What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a more advanced dental procedure that may be performed in a variety of areas of the mouth, including the teeth, gums or bone. An oral surgery often utilizes anesthesia and needs to be carried out by a skilled dental professional who is well-trained to ensure that the surgery goes as planned and without any complications. Although many patients are nervous about oral surgery, the process is completely safe and simple for a skilled dentist to perform.

There are a number of reasons why a patient may be in need of oral surgery. In many cases, surgery is standard for the process, such as in certain tooth replacement methods or cosmetic improvements. In other instances, oral surgery may be performed when there are no other alternatives, such as when the pulp inside of a tooth becomes infected or for jaw pain that does not improve through non-surgical methods of treatment.

Here at our dentist office, we have the staff, resources and equipment necessary to carry out a wide variety of oral surgery procedures in an effective and efficient manner, minimizing the amount of pain or sensitivity that the patient may experience throughout the process. We also work before and after the surgery to guide the patient through and help calm any nerves that they may experience before the procedure, as well as helping them recover in a timely manner afterward.

What procedures are involved in oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a fairly broad term used to describe a wide variety of treatment options. Oral surgery may simply come in the form of a tooth extraction or may refer to a more invasive procedure such as corrective jaw surgery. To shed some more light on the exact procedures oral surgery may refer to, here is a list that includes, but is not limited to, some of the more common oral surgery procedures:

  • Dental implant placement
  • Root canal surgery
  • Tooth extractions
  • Bone grafting
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Sleep apnea treatment

  • One of the main reasons for oral surgery is to aid in the placement of artificial teeth. Each one of our patients who choose a dental implant for their tooth replacement is in need of oral surgery for us to place the implant into the jaw. In the event that there is not enough bone support for the implants, bone grafting surgery may be required as well to fully prepare the mouth for the procedure. For those who choose dentures for tooth replacement, corrective jaw surgery might be a requirement to ensure that the dentures are properly supported in a comfortable manner.

    For patients who experience a tooth infection, root canal surgery may be required in order to remove the infected or severely damaged tooth pulp and replace it with a healthier artificial substitute. If the tooth cannot be salvaged - or if a tooth becomes impacted - a tooth extraction surgery may be necessary.

    Another oral surgery that might be performed is for sleep apnea patients. For some who suffer from sleep apnea or excessive snoring, surgery may be performed to remove the excess amount of tissue in the throat, helping the patient breathe easier while sleeping. Here at our dentist office, we are able to provide patients with care throughout the entire surgical process, including before, during and after the surgery itself.

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    Oral surgery recovery tips

    Although most patients find that oral surgery is not nearly as painful as they anticipated prior to the procedure, it is helpful to prepare yourself for oral surgery and know how to properly recover afterward. At our dentist office, it is our mission to help each patient through the entire oral surgery procedure, and we work with each patient to ensure that they recover in a timely manner.

    While each patient is unique and the recovery process is different for everyone, there are certain oral surgery recovery tips that, if followed, can help ensure a speedy recovery, allowing the patient to get back to doing the things they love in no time. Here are a few recovery tips to keep in mind:

  • Follow the aftercare instructions
  • Plan to rest the day of surgery
  • Take measures to reduce swelling
  • Eat soft foods of neutral temperature
  • Practice good oral hygiene

  • First and foremost, it is essential to closely follow the instructions provided by our team, and notify us if any complications arise. It is also encouraged to plan on resting the day of the surgery, as rest is vital for recovery. Since the risk of infection is often higher after surgery, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and follow a good oral care routine during the recovery stage.

    Consult with us

    Here at our dentist office, we are willing and able to help you gain a more healthy and beautiful set of teeth no matter what it takes. In some cases, the best course of treatment involves a surgical procedure, and we make it our mission to keep you safe and calm throughout the entire process.

    If you are in need of an oral surgery or simply want to learn more about what treatment options are available to you for your specific dental concern, then consult with us and schedule a time for an initial visit, during which we can help determine the best course of action and start the treatment as soon as possible.