Have you been told that you need to have oral surgery performed? At Dr. Steve Kim DDS, we offer comprehensive dental care services including oral surgery.
No matter the reason you need to have surgery performed, we will be by your side and educate you about the procedure from start to finish.
Not sure you even need surgery? If you have been told you need surgery, but you simply just want a second opinion, Dr. Kim will take a look at your mouth and let you know his thoughts. You and Dr. Kim can then establish a dental treatment plan to correct the problem.
If are ready to discuss oral surgery and options to improve your smile, call our office today, so we can schedule you an appointment.
Oral Surgery: What Is It?
If this is your first time hearing about or being recommended for oral surgery, you may not know what it is. Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that handles all types of injuries, diseases, and defects that involve the jaw and mouth. The most common form of oral surgery includes extractions, but can also include other procedures that restore your smile.
Often times, people think too much into what oral surgery is and it does not involve going to the hospital and having a procedure performed. In fact, sometimes oral surgery is a simple 30-minute procedure and you can be on your way home within an hour. On the other hand, oral surgery can be complicated and involve multiple procedures as well.
Types of Oral Surgery
There are many different types of oral surgeries that can be performed and the type you need will depend on your treatment plan with Dr. Kim. Below, we will go over some of the different types of surgeries available.
1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are an oral surgical procedure that involves placing the implants into your jawbone. The procedure will take place in our office and involves Dr. Kim surgically implanting titanium posts into your jawbone. Once the bone is allowed to heal, crowns will be affixed to the posts.
2. Wisdom Teeth
Another common oral surgical procedure is the extraction and removal of your wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth is fully grown in, it can typically be removed using the standard extraction process. Although it would be ideal for all wisdom teeth to be extracted using the traditional procedure, they sometimes become impacted and this means that oral surgery needs to be performed.
In the case of an impacted wisdom tooth, Dr. Kim will make an incision on the gum and then remove the tooth and roots from your jaw. Once the tooth is removed, you will no longer have to worry about crowding or other problems caused from the impacted tooth.
3. Traditional Extractions
Traditional extractions are a form of oral surgery, but they are not as complex as some of the other types. If during a simple extraction your tooth breaks, the roots become stuck, or the tooth is found to be impacted, Dr. Kim will need to use oral surgery techniques to extract the tooth.
4. Jaw Surgery
Sometimes jaw surgery is required to realign your bite or to correct a problem caused from trauma to the area. During these jaw procedures, Dr. Kim will need to make an incision in your mouth to access your jaw bone.
Jaw surgery is a complicated procedure and it will also take some time to heal from the procedure itself.
5. Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
If you are in need of a sinus lift or bone graft, you will undergo oral surgery. During these procedures, Dr. Steve Kim will need to make an incision in your mouth to be able to access your jaw bone and insert bone material.
How Safe Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is generally considered safe, but there are some risks and side effects that may occur with each procedure.
In general, you will need to be concerned with infection as it is common when a tooth has been extracted. Also, you should keep your eye out for continued sensitivity after a root canal treatment has been performed.
In addition, you will need to watch how much blood loss you have, especially after a wisdom tooth extraction as this may be a sign of problem. Some blood loss is expected, but an excessive amount is not considered normal.
Patients may also experience some pain, tenderness, irritation, swelling, and bruising in local sites where the oral surgery was performed. These symptoms are all normal, but you do need to monitor them to ensure they do not get any worse.
One last consideration to keep in mind is that many of the oral surgery procedures will include some form of anesthesia. If you are allergic to anesthesia or any of the ingredients in it, then you need to alert Dr. Kim as soon as possible.
Your Oral Surgery Consultation
If you believe that you need to have oral surgery performed, give our office a call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim.
When you come in, Dr. Kim will take any necessary x-rays and pictures of your mouth to see where the problem lies. Once we have a good idea of the treatments you need, we will go over your options with you. You and Dr. Kim will be able to discuss the recommended oral surgery procedure and the associated risks that go along with it.
Dr. Kim will provide you with all of the aftercare instructions and you should ask any questions you have now, so that he can address them properly.
In many cases, you will be given prescription medication to prevent infection and alleviate pain once the procedure is over. You should take all medication as recommended and contact our office if you experience any further symptoms.
If you are ready to schedule your appointment, give us a call today. We look forward to helping you enjoy your smile!