It’s understandable if you’re curious or anxious about undergoing oral surgery, especially since patients experience oral surgery much less frequently than routine dental procedures. At your consultation, Dr. Iglio will answer all your questions and put your mind at ease regarding your upcoming surgery.
Here are some frequently asked questions we receive regarding oral surgery:
Oral surgery is surgery to treat many diseases, injuries or defects in the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) region.
A tooth extraction is simply having a tooth removed from your mouth. This is done for a variety of reasons. The decision to extract a tooth is typically made after disease is discovered, a tooth suffers a traumatic injury, or crowding in the mouth exists.
Oral surgery procedures include wisdom teeth removal, simple tooth extractions, reconstructive oral surgery, dental implants, treatment of oral infections, and the repair of tooth injuries.
Oral surgeons require 4 to 6 years of additional formal university training after dental school. Oral surgery is an internationally-recognized surgical specialty. In some countries, including the United States, it is a recognized specialty of dentistry by the American Dental Associations.
For several different reasons - missing teeth or tooth pain, facial pain relating to temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ), and often to treat oral cancers.
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to erupt (appear in your mouth). Because eruption doesn’t happen until the age 17 to 21, there are often problems as there is little room left in the mouth for the wisdom teeth. The result can be wisdom teeth that erupt sideways or only partially erupt, becoming impacted.
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth typically included pain and swelling of the gum line and lower face. If left untreated infection is possible, only intensifying the pain. Regular appointments with Dr. Iglio should identify problems with wisdom teeth before they become significant. Skipping trips to Stroudsburg Family Dental may lead to impacted wisdom teeth and problems like infection! When any of these conditions arise, Dr. Iglio may determine that wisdom tooth extraction is necessary.
Not every person needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, some people never develop wisdom teeth. Dr. Iglio will be the best judge of what is right for you based on your regular examinations and dental X-rays. Not having impacted wisdom teeth removed can lead to future problems like the shifting of nearby teeth (causing bite abnormalities), jaw issues, sinus problems, bone-destroying tumors or cysts, gum tissue problems, and a negative impact on orthodontic results for adolescents and troubles with dentures for the elderly.
The recovery time after wisdom teeth extraction will vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, it takes anywhere from a few days to one week for initial pain and swelling to subside. From there, the gums should be fully healed in about one month. Dr. Iglio will provide instructions to assure as quick of a recovery as possible. This will include tips for dealing with swelling and medications to alleviate any pain and discomfort.
After a tooth extraction, Dr. Iglio may recommend a dental bridge or dental implant to fill the void left by the extracted tooth. Dental implants are superior to a dental bridge because they offer a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a normal tooth without damaging any of the other nearby teeth. Learn more about Dental Implants here.
Dr. Iglio will discuss your complete treatment plan prior to any procedure. For most patients, anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area and an appropriate process is used for sedation.