The thought of oral surgery may be intimidating, but a team of caring professionals can help ease the mind. Oral surgery is any procedure that involves incisions, excisions, or sutures directed at the teeth, gums, and other structures in the mouth.
Dental(oral) surgery diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries, and defects in the face, mouth, teeth, and jaws. The dentist or oral surgeon performing the procedure will administer an anesthetic and sometimes a sedative to prepare the patient.
In most cases, a numbing substance will be applied to the gums by injection near the extraction site. While the anesthetic won't completely numb the area, you shouldn't feel pain or sharpness. You may be able to feel pressure or movement. If you are having a simple extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will likely use local anesthesia and you'll be awake during the procedure.
After the procedure is when you will notice some pain and discomfort. The first 48 hours are usually the most uncomfortable, but home care can help control the pain. However, if you experience severe, constant pain that does not go away with painkillers, you should seek medical help. The same is true for heavy bleeding that persists four hours after surgery.
A dental checkup visit with a dentist is a great way to spot early signs of any oral health problem and develop a restoration plan (if needed) before things get worse. Depending on your comfort level and the complexity of the oral surgery procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon may use one or more types of anesthesia to reduce pain and help you feel more comfortable. Often, the pain that people experience when delaying necessary dental procedures is much worse than the procedure and the discomfort that can ensue. A stronger pain reliever may be prescribed if you had complex surgery involving bones and gums.
You will take this medication orally approximately one hour before the dental procedure for a calming and relaxing effect.