oral-surgeryORAL SURGERY

Oral surgery involves treating teeth and tissues of the mouth. Although the "S" word might make you nervous, not all oral surgery procedures are that intensive. For example, tooth extractions are a form of oral maxillofacial surgery, but they often take just minutes, usually require just a local anesthesia and are often times performed right in the office. Oral surgery today is much more advanced; laser technologies make procedures more comfortable, more precise and less time-consuming.


A: Naturally, it seems like tooth extractions hurt. But let's make an important distinction: The actual tooth extraction doesn't hurt because dentists use a local anesthesia like Novocaine to numb the gums. What you may feel is some pressure while the dentist wiggles the tooth back and forth using a pair of dental forceps. With surgical dental extractions (where the gum has to be cut), patients with moderate dental anxiety may want nitrous oxide or dental conscious sedation in addition to a local anesthesia. The most likely time you'll feel mild discomfort is after the procedure, when the anesthesia wears off. Fortunately, Dr. Ly will prescribe a tooth extraction pain medication to help with any post-op soreness or swelling.


A: Wisdom tooth extractions are basically like any other tooth extraction, except they can be a little more complicated due to the location or degree of impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth (one that hasn't broken through the gums) typically takes longer and involves some cutting of the gum.

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