There are useful things that you can do while you prepare yourself for a dental surgery, and after the procedure has been done. Know what this procedure is all about, and choose a reliable oral surgeon. If your surgeon has sufficient experience performing the procedure that your condition requires, and is gentle in the way that he treats his patients, you will be not so apprehensive about the procedure.
Dental Surgery Cases
Certain conditions may require dental surgery. The first and most common is wisdom tooth extraction. If this is your case, the procedure is meant to make you avoid risks associated with allowing your wisdom tooth to continue growing. If your wisdom teeth are allowed to continue developing, they will end-up being improperly situated between your gum and your jawbone, and this might cause you extreme pain.
Another case for which a surgery is performed is a dental implant. The purpose is to replace a missing tooth, or a damaged tooth with an artificial one. It is a procedure where a tooth’s root is replaced with a metal material that looks like a screw.
Cases called temporomandibular disorders also require dental surgery. These are jaw muscle and jaw joint disorders. They can cause severe pain and jaw dysfunction among patients.
Surgery is also recommended to patients who have cleft lip/palate. The procedure is also done to improve a patient’s appearance. Crown lengthening, tooth filling and dental crowning are examples under this category. Tooth extraction is also classified as a surgical procedure.
About Pain During the Procedure
You will experience minor pain but only after the surgery is done. You will either be put to sleep during the procedure, or injected with anesthesia.
The Dental Surgery Experience
Prepare pertinent questions to ask your oral surgeon. Ask your surgeon how long it will take for the completion of the procedure. Ask about the health risk associated with anesthesia. Will he give you general anesthesia?
Should you avoid certain foods after the surgery? Hard and crunchy foods should not be eaten, for example. How about pain management? Are there strategies that can be used to speed up healing and manage pain?
You will experience minor discomforts after the surgery. There will be inflammation around the surgery areas. Your dentist will prescribe an anti-inflammatory medicine for that, and antibiotics if necessary. Your face will swell, and your gums will bleed for a period of time. Call the oral surgeon if bleeding does not stop 24 hours after the operation.
Visit your dentist regularly. The recommendation is once every six months, but once you experience pain, or you notice a strange odor coming out of your mouth or nose, make an unscheduled visit. Not doing so, may put your health, and even your life in danger.