Oral surgery includes any procedure where a dentist cuts into or removes tissue from your mouth. For example, if you need a tooth extraction, are receiving a dental implant, or having impacted wisdom teeth removed, you will need oral surgery.
We understand that any surgery can be scary; we encourage you to ask any questions that you have. We share all of the details and options with you in understandable language, so you feel comfortable and confident in the treatment plan.
Will I be awake for the procedure?
Yes. We offer our patients local anaesthetic, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may be used as well to ease anxiety. If sedation anaesthesia is preferred, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon if necessary.
Whichever anaesthesia is required, we make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure (I don’t think we can promise pain free).
If my wisdom teeth grow in, will I need oral surgery?
Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars, and not everyone has them. They commonly appear in your late teens or early twenties. They may not need to be extracted if they appear in a good position and do not impact other teeth. However, some wisdom teeth may cause gum disease and cavities on neighbouring teeth, or existing teeth are in the way as wisdom teeth are coming in. In these cases, extraction may be necessary.
If you or your child’s wisdom teeth are coming in, or there is pain or discomfort behind your existing molars, call us for an examination. We’ll take x-rays and determine if treatment is required.
For more information about oral surgery and post-surgery care, click here.
What happens if I have a tooth abscess?
An abscess is a pocket of infection that can occur in different locations in or around the tooth. It can be very painful. Without treatment, the infection can spread and cause further damage.
If you are in pain or think you have an abscess, call us for an examination. We will assess the condition of the tooth and surrounding areas to identify the location of the abscess and the best way to treat it. We’ll provide you with all the information you need to feel comfortable with our course of treatment.
An abscess is painful, but our treatment isn’t. Give us a call and let us help you feel better!