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Universal words that contain dental surgery can cause panic and fear among dental patients.  The professionals at Brady Dental Group can help reassure these feelings with a calm, professional exam to determine if dental surgery is right for you. Each patient at Brady Dental Group is different and every case is treated accordingly.  Depending on the severity of your condition, the dentist at Brady Dental Group is able to recommend if you are at risk for oral health issues and if dental surgery is needed.

Dental surgery is a procedure that many people may not consider surgery because they are routine procedures that include orthodonture work or teeth whitening.  Dental surgery can also be any restoration that a dental professional at Brady Dental Group does directly to the tooth or augmentation of the gum tissue or bone, such as tooth extractions.  

There are many types of dental surgery.  All of these can be performed by an expert at Brady Dental Group.  A root canal is regarded as the most common type of dental surgery.  When a tooth is decayed, bacteria enters the tooth and damages the pulp. The infected pulp causes  dental pain, occasional swelling, and causes potential pain in your neck or jaw. A dental surgeon can treat this by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and extracting the infected pulp.  

Root canals are typically pain-free and incredibly effective in treating tooth and jaw pain.  Dental implants are a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth.  They are used to secure crowns to the jawbone using titanium and titanium alloy.  Dental implants are a longer process type of dental surgery to ensure the bone is properly fused before the tooth can be attached.  Implants require a procedure to create channels in the jawbone so the implants can be fitted with intimate contact with the bone. They usually require four to six months for the bone to fuse before they can have tooth restorations (a crown or bridge) attached in order to complete the process.

Wisdom tooth extraction is the removal of four adult teeth located in the back bottom and top corners of your mouth. These are the last (third) molars to come in, usually between the ages of 15 and 25. Dentists will sometimes suggest wisdom tooth removal even if impacted teeth are not an issue, as a preventative measure.  Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure that takes a few days to fully recover.  

Accidents happen, and when there is damage to the face and/or teeth due to sports injuries, falls, work-related incidents, or any kind of facial trauma, it can be scary and stressful. That is why seeing a dentist at Brady Dental Group is the best course of action – they can offer solutions that will have you looking your best in no time.  Dental surgery for facial reconstruction breaks down into two categories – soft tissue injuries and fractures.  Soft tissue injuries include trauma to the skin or gums, such as cuts on the inside of the cheek, lips, or tongue. Soft tissue injuries also include lacerations on the soft or hard palate.  Larger reconstructive surgeries go into the nasal cavities and the forehead, if the facial injuries are severe enough.  

Cosmetic dental surgery is not a necessary medical procedure but it can be used to improve the patient’s face or smile.  Cosmetic procedures cover minor treatments like teeth whitening and investments like orthodonture such as veneers, bonding, or composite restoration.  Cosmetic procedures are usually pain-free and can be completed in the dentist’s office at Brady Dental Group.  And, of course, every treatment is individualized for the patient.  

Dental surgery can be painful.  Complications such as infection in the tooth, soreness in the jaw from the procedure, swelling and discomfort from stitches can be relieved with medications placed in the socket.  A local anesthetic can also be used to numb the tooth and surrounding areas.  Dentists at Brady Dental Group can provide medications such as laughing gas during. 

Oral surgery involves procedures that involve cutting into the tissues in your mouth, for example, your gums or jawbone. The procedures considered to be oral surgery include removing teeth and wisdom teeth, any surgery to your gums, or the surgery required to place dental implants.  Oral surgery is not considered a major surgery; however, if a patient chooses to be sedated it can become more complicated.  For the most part, oral surgery is considered to be both a medical procedure and a dental procedure. 

There are several ways to prepare for dental surgery.  Know what to expect during surgery by visiting with the dentist.  Make sure you have a ride to get home if you are getting sedation or other types of anesthesia.  Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight of the evening before your surgery to reduce the risk of aspiration and nausea.  Wear short sleeves to help the nurse take vital signs during the surgery.  Give yourself time before for last minute paperwork and to relax.

Dental surgery is considered dental and will be filed with your dental insurance.  This can be a huge factor in whether it is possible to move forward with your treatment.  Some medical insurance will cover some types of oral surgeries, so check with your insurance, dental and medical, and let the professionals at Brady Dental Group help with the medical claims.  

Oral surgery can be serious.  Sometimes it can be a matter of necessity, such as the result of injuries sustained in a car wreck. In that case you may have no choice.  The dentists at Brady Dental Group are all trained and experienced to help you with your dental needs. Regardless of whether you are looking for minor cosmetic dental surgery or a major dental procedure, your dentist should be at the forefront of your medical journey.  

If you experience any oral pain, tooth sensitivity, pain in the neck or jaw, or notice any discoloration or bleeding while brushing your teeth, contact Brady Dental Group today. A proactive approach to your oral health may prevent you from having any tooth loss or serious dental surgery.

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