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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 or Dental Surgery Procedures?

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common dental 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.

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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.

What Are Some Common Oral or Dental Surgery Procedures?

Remove Decayed and Damaged Teeth

Dental issues are more common than we like to assume. 

General dentists do not perform complex oral surgeries for missing teeth, gum infection, root canal infection, cavities, etc. Oral surgery requires anesthesia (local, general, or intravenous), unlike regular cleaning, flossing, and whitening treatments.

While dental cleaning is a preventive measure to keep the teeth healthy, surgeries are useful in removing the decayed and damaged teeth and prevent further infection. If you don’t get your troubled tooth checked on time, it might lead to significant complications.

Extracting Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth doesn’t seem to follow any rules. It can pop out anytime it wants, and the process is sure to give you a lot of pain. Some people have more than one wisdom tooth, which grows in the wrong direction. It could result in sensitive nerves being affected by the wisdom tooth’s pressure and harm your brain.

Extracting wisdom teeth requires dental surgery and should be done with a lot of care and expertise. The general dentist will refer you to an experienced oral surgeon who will conduct a thorough check-up before planning the tooth extraction surgery.

Inserting Dental Implants

There could be various reasons to use dental implants to replace missing or broken teeth. Whatever the reasons might be, you will need to visit a reputed oral surgeon to get the implants. An artificial tooth is made along with an artificial root to replace the broken or missing tooth. Artificial teeth help in replacing a single tooth or multiple ones. You can opt for dental implants for all your teeth instead of dentures.

Surgeons who perform this oral surgery will recommend the best way to get back your full smile after a complete examination.

Cosmetic Dental Correction

Do you want to have a more beautiful smile? Do you want to change the jaw structure to enhance your features? Have you ever had an accident and needed jaw restructuring? It would help if you visited an oral surgeon for 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 surgeries.

Prosthodontic Treatments

Prosthodontic treatments are similar to cosmetic dental surgeries. They help remove tumors in the mouth, correct the cleft palate, minor skull correction surgeries, treating snoring disorders, sleep apnea, and more. The oral surgeons work together with an orthodontist and your dentist to decide the best possible way to treat your dental condition.

Depending on your obstructive sleep apnea’s severity, the surgeon will use different procedures to correct the problem. The surgery is carried out in three complex ways and needs to be performed only by qualified, certified, and trained dental surgeons.

Dos and Don'ts for Oral Surgery

Take Medication on Time

One point oral surgeons emphasize is proper medication and post-op care. Not following the surgeons’ instructions can cause you more harm and result in infection or worse. Be it the painkillers or the antibiotics, medicines aid your body in healing and recovering faster while also providing relief from pain.

If you have allergies or medical issues, make sure to inform the dental surgeons the first time you meet them. 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 the Diet Restrictions

Of course, your body needs food. But when you’ve just had oral surgery, you cannot eat whatever you want, especially not foods that are hard, chewy, or crispy. You will 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 you should and should not eat during the post-op period. Ignoring this advice could result in you having to go back to the hospital for another dental treatment.

Rest At least for a Day

You need to take a rest after dental surgery. A minimum of 24 hours rest is mandatory if you want to avoid rupturing the sensitive area. Make sure you use more pillows to prop up your head. Apply a pack of ice periodically for 15 minutes to reduce pain and swelling.

Do not touch the operated area. The surgeons at Diamond Coast Dental, Huntington Beach recommend using salted warm water to rinse your mouth gently. Do this for at least one day after the surgery. Remember not to spit out the water with force.

Do Not Ignore Excessive Pain or Bleeding

The operated area might bleed a little, and it’s quite common. You can use clean gauze to control the bleeding. But bleeding should stop after a while. If there is excessive bleeding or too much pain, contact the dental clinic immediately and ask for an emergency appointment.

The dental surgeon will know how to stop the bleeding and pain. The surgeon will also know if there is 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 Exercise

A glass of whiskey might sound like a good painkiller, but don’t touch it until your dental surgeon says yes. Also, stay away from smoking during the post-op period.

It would be best if you did not exercise for a minimum of 24 hours after the oral surgery. That would be putting too much pressure on the operated area and will result in ruptures. If you need to exercise or lift weights soon after the operation, ensure 12 hours have passed.

And yes, do not use a straw to consume liquids. It is not safe.

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 those very few dental clinics that accept medical, dental coverage through Medicare Part B? It means our surgeons can treat all your family members, including retired seniors. 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 in Diamond Coast Dental so that you will be able to relax and have a better experience. Many people fear visiting a dental clinic because the atmosphere and staff overwhelm them.

We ensure that you don’t face a similar experience at our clinic. 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.

Latest Equipment and Trained Surgeons

A dental clinic needs to have surgeons’ 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. 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 allot equal 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 little kids will not sit through their visit? No problem. We will take care of it. 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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