What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery, sometimes called maxillofacial surgery, refers to any surgical procedure performed in or around the mouth or jaw. At abra health, our oral surgeons are dental specialists who are trained to perform these specific, intricate types of surgeries on patients of all ages.
Conditions Oral Surgery Treats
Oral surgeons at abra health are qualified to treat the full range of mouth and jaw-related conditions, including:
- Misaligned jaws
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Facial trauma
- TMJ disorders
- Tooth or bone loss
- Cleft palate
- Mouth or jaw infections
- and more!
Types of Oral Surgery
Some oral surgeries are common, such as tooth removal or a root canal, while others are more involved for more complicated conditions. At abra health, we perform the following types or oral surgery and more:
- Tooth extraction
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Dental implants
- Root canal
- Oral reconstruction after trauma
- Cleft palate surgery
When Would I Need Oral Surgery?
Patients may need oral surgery when their tooth and jaw conditions go beyond the expertise of our general dentists. Our oral surgeons are specially trained to work in the intricate areas of the mouth and jaw to perform various surgeries that address high-level conditions, such as chronic gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth and facial trauma. Your abra health dentist will refer you to our oral surgery department when necessary.
Preparing for Oral Surgery
Patients are encouraged to prepare for oral surgery in the same way that they would for any other medical procedure. You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything the day of surgery, depending on the type of procedure.
We recommend that you make sure your home or bedroom is clean and neat to make recovery comfortable. It is essential to arrange for transportation back home, especially if you will be under anesthesia during your procedure.
Post-Op Care for Oral Surgery
Your oral surgeon will discuss with you in detail your specific post-op care instructions. However, some general recommendations are:
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol after surgery
- Rinse your mouth with salt water every few hours
- Eat soft foods at room temperature
- Use cold compresses for swelling and pain