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Oral surgery procedures can range from simple teeth extractions to more complicated wisdom teeth removal and facial injury repair, all the way to corrective jaw surgeries and a range of dental implant procedures. The medical team at our dentist clinic includes our own highly trained and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can take care of all of these needs for comprehensive family dentistry services!

If you are suffering from or suspect oral and maxillofacial issues such as impacted wisdom teeth, missing teeth, any jaw-related problems including unequal jaw growth or TMJ, facial injuries or infections, or even snoring and sleep apnea, come and see us to be diagnosed and treated right here at our dental clinic without having to deal with referrals and multiple locations.

Being informed about your oral surgery is important

What Are Some Common Oral Surgery Procedures?

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures performed. The last set of adult teeth to erupt, wisdom teeth often do not align correctly and can cause overcrowding, prevent proper hygiene, cause painful swelling and infection of the surrounding gum tissue, as well as force other teeth into misalignment.  

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Impacted wisdom teeth are also common occurrences where they fail to fully erupt through the gum line, wedging between the jawbone and gum tissue. This can cause a variety of subsequent issues such as the aforementioned painful swelling and infection, as well as possible permanent damage to surrounding teeth, gums and jaw due to their attempt to erupt in incorrect alignments.

There are two general methods of wisdom tooth extraction, the standard tooth extraction method for a non impacted wisdom tooth, and a more invasive surgery for an impacted wisdom tooth. In both cases, anesthesia will be applied, but additional sedation may also be used for patients undergoing the impacted tooth extraction.

You may want to consider dental implants as an alternative to bridges or dentures. A dental implant is a surgically anchored titanium tooth-root substitute that acts as a foundation for your artificial replacement tooth. With the appearance, feel, and functionality of a natural tooth, they maximize  comfort and confidence!

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In order to receive a dental implant, it is important that patients have suitable bone levels and density, and minimal risk of infection. To check if you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, contact our dental clinic for a complimentary consultation. We will review with you the benefits, risks, as well as possible alternate solutions to ensure you can make an informed decision. We will also guide you through an explanation of every step of the procedure, so you know exactly what to expect during your surgery.

Our dentist clinic is fully equipped with highly experienced dentists and the latest state-of-the-art imaging technology, allowing us to accurately diagnose and treat each individual case in a customized way to ensure the very best results, and your peace of mind.

Tooth Extraction

As with wisdom tooth removal, other teeth extractions can also involve impacted or non-impacted teeth, though the latter is a more commonly seen with wisdom tooth removal. Teeth other than wisdom teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons including overcrowding, severe decay that is beyond repair, or impaction.

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A standard tooth extraction involves the application of local anesthesia, after which the tooth is removed by rocking it back and forth within its socket using specialized tools until it detaches from the ligament that holds it in place.

For impacted teeth, a surgical extraction is performed, usually under patient sedation in addition to the local anesthetic. Removal of an impacted tooth involves cutting a small opening into the bone that covers the tooth. Your surgeon will then use this opening to cut the tooth into pieces, then remove all pieces back through the same opening. There will also be a gum tissue flap that is created to allow for the procedure, which will be sutured back in place once the surgical extraction is complete.

DCD's oral surgeon and dental specialist

What Is An Oral Surgeon?

Oral surgeons are highly specialized dentists who have completed an additional 4 years in a surgery-specific hospital-based residency program on top of their 4-year dental doctorate. Their specific training includes learning and experiencing the techniques of emergency medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology. Oral surgeons can perform a variety of surgical procedures to treat defects, injuries, and diseases of the face, mouth, and jaws.

When Do You Need An Oral Surgeon?

Visit our oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you suspect or a suffering from an impacted tooth, missing teeth, lesion or tumor in the mouth or jaw, tooth broken off at the gum line, facial pain including TMJ, sleep apnea, or facial imbalance. You may also need oral and maxillofacial surgery to correct soft tissues or bones in the maxillofacial region, treat a facial injury or birth defect that affects the maxillofacial region, or correct jaw alignment issues such as a receding chin, protruding jaw, or open bite.

Other Oral or Dental Surgery Procedures

Cosmetic Dental Correction

Would you like a whiter, brighter smile? Do you need an adjustment in your jaw structure for a more symmetrical appearance? Have you been in an accident and have suffered structural damage to your face or jaw? If so, a visit to an oral surgeon is the first step toward cosmetic dental correction and reconstruction.

These surgeries involve working on the skin, bones, tissues, and nerves in the lower half of your face. Huntington Beach has one of the best dental clinics with highly experienced surgeons who can perform the most complex dental surgeries with precision. Temporary dental treatments cannot replace oral surgery.

Prosthodontic Treatments

Prosthodontic treatments fall under the scope of cosmetic dentistry with some procedures involving oral surgery. Dental implant procedure, already discussed above, is the primary prosthodontic treatment that involves surgery.

Most other prosthodontic treatments such as dentures, dental bridges, dental crowns, veneers, and fillings do not fall under the scope of oral or dental surgery procedures in and of themselves. However, some of these, such as dental crowns and dental bridges, may require dental implant surgery prior to the crown or bridge procedure.  

Oral Surgery

Dos and Don'ts for Oral Surgery

Follow Post-Op Instructions

One point that oral surgeons emphasize is proper administration of medication and post-op care. After your procedure, be sure to follow the surgeon’s instructions carefully in order to avoid infection and unnecessary pain. Especially if you are prescribed antibiotics, timely administration aid your body in healing and recovering faster while also minimizing the chance of painful infections.

If you have allergies or medical issues, make sure to inform the dental surgeons before your procedure. The more information you can provide the surgeon, the easier it will be to understand your health conditions and recommend the right surgery and medicines.

Follow any Diet Restrictions

If you’ve just had oral surgery, you may not be able to eat whatever you want, especially foods that are hard, chewy, or crispy. Depending on the type of procedure performed, you may need to consume liquids or semi-solids like smoothies, yogurt, soup, or mashed potatoes. Ensure that the food is neither too hot nor too cold.

The oral surgeon will often give you a list of foods or food-types you should avoid during the post-op period. Ignoring this advice may compromise the results of your dental treatment.

Take Adequate Rest

You may need to take some rest after dental surgery. The recommended recovery time varies from procedure to procedure and some people may recover faster than others. The rule of thumb is to listen to your body and not make assumptions based on other people’s experiences.

During recovery from oral surgery, make sure you use more pillows to prop up your head above heart level when lying down. Apply a pack of ice periodically for up to 15 minutes to reduce pain and swelling and be sure not to touch the operated area.

Do Not Ignore Excessive Pain or Bleeding

After oral surgery, it is quite common for the operated area to bleed a little. In most cases, you can use clean gauze to control the bleeding, and bleeding should stop after a while. If there is excessive bleeding or too much pain, contact the dental clinic immediately for advice and a possible follow-up appointment.

The dental surgeon will evaluate the situation to stop or minimize the bleeding and pain as well as diagnose any unforeseen complication and provide a solution. Ignoring such symptoms as common after-effects of oral surgery is risky. Please don’t do it.

Do Not Smoke, Drink, or Over-Exert

A glass of whiskey might sound like a good painkiller, but always wait for the go-ahead from your dental surgeon before drinking or smoking during the post-op period. Also, the use of straws to consume liquids may not be recommended for some surgeries.

Try not to exert too much energy during your initial recovery period after the oral surgery. Putting too much pressure on the operated area can result in ruptures. Your oral surgeon should provide you with guidelines about exercise and physical activity, so please abide by their recommendations.

Why Should You Choose Diamond Coast Dental for Oral Surgery?

Complete Family Dental Protection

Not every dental clinic offers complete family dental care for its patients. Every family member can visit our clinic for dental treatment and surgeries, from kids to seniors. Our surgeons are qualified, experienced, and dedicated.

Do you know that we are one of few dental clinics that accept MediCal dental coverage? From pediatric dentistry to cosmetic dental reconstruction and emergency dental surgeries, we provide complete protection.

Friendly Staff and Peaceful Environment

It is essential for patients to feel comfortable in the dental clinic. We take every care to maintain a peaceful environment at Diamond Coast Dental so that you will be able to relax and have a better experience. At our dental clinic, we take every care to ensure any fears and anxieties you have about going to the dentist are muted or eliminated.

Our staff is friendly, courteous, and efficient. We maintain clear communication with our patients to help them understand the problem and the solution we’ve suggested for it. We also practice gentle dentistry to minimize and even eliminate pain for many of our oral surgery procedures.

Latest Equipment and Highly Trained Surgeons

A dental clinic should be up to date with the latest equipment to perform even the most complex surgeries with increased efficiency. We use 3D technology and advanced equipment in performing oral surgeries at our clinic.

A general dentist cannot be an oral surgeon. Oral surgery requires additional expertise and skill. It is also essential for the surgeons to regularly update their knowledge and learn about the new dental care developments. Our dental surgeons invest significant amounts of time to attend seminars and discussions to gain more experience and hone their skills.

Personalized Dental Services

A patient is never just a patient at our clinic in Huntington Beach. We want you to feel comfortable and trust us with your dental issues. Do you worry that your children will not sit through their visit? Our dentist is specifically trained in pediatric dentistry so we understand kids and keep them safe and happy while also taking proper care of their teeth.

The same goes for you and your elders. Just as each patient requires a different dental treatment, each patient also needs a different kind of approach to feel safe with us.

Commitment and Honesty

Compromising on the quality of dental treatment or the equipment is something we will never do. Licensed surgeons with years of experience perform our oral surgeries. Our staff is skilled in handling all kinds of situations.

We are committed to providing the best dental care to our patients. Transparency and honesty are just as important to us. We will be straightforward with you. Ask us any question, and we will answer them. Our billing system is transparent, and we directly deal with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to worry about it. We inspire trust.

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