When is An Oral Surgeon Needed?

If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, what does that mean for you? What might you expect from oral surgery?

There are many reasons why you might need oral surgery. Anything from a simple implant crown procedure to a full mouth reconstruction – we’ve seen it all, and have helped thousands of patients get through the oral surgery process as smoothly as possible. Among the many reasons we see new patients:

– Removal of wisdom teeth, or other wisdom teeth concerns
– Extractions of teeth
– Dental implants
– TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome or a TMD (temporomandibular disorder     )
– Jaw alignment work
– Cleft lip or cleft palate work
– A tumor, cyst, or other type of growth in the face, neck, or jaw
– Sleep apnea due to a physical obstruction in the air pathway
– Reconstructive surgery following an injury or accident
– Other types of facial pain

Oral, Face and Jaw Surgery by an Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine Specialist

The surgery we do is oral and maxillofacial – oral referring to the mouth, and maxillofacial referring to the jaws and the rest of the face. These types of surgeries are considered surgical specialties. The fact that you are referred to an oral surgeon does not indicate that there is anything unusual or abnormal about your situation, merely that your needs are best served by a specialist.

Oral surgeons complete a four-year graduate program in dentistry, as well as a four-year (or longer) residency program in a hospital, during which they specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Part of the extended training every oral surgeon receives is a deep study of pain control and anesthesia. Knowing how to make these processes as pain-free as possible is a large part of our job, and we work with you to establish the best, agreed-upon methods for pain management.

A trained oral surgeon is the best choice for dentistry more intricate than general health and cosmetic procedures. For instance, some types of dental bone grafts include the sinus systems in your face. And some conditions like cleft palate require special knowledge of the internal structures of the palate and face. Oral surgeons have these extra requirements of residency for these reasons, much like a surgeon you’d find in a hospital.

An Experienced Oral Surgeon In Wilmington Ohio

The entire staff at Wilmington Oral Surgery has received training in outpatient general anesthesia and intravenous (IV) sedation, and we monitor every patient continuously during and after surgery. Full understanding of pain management is an integral part of the work we do every day.

Please call us at (937) 382-8020 to schedule an appointment, or to ask us any questions you may have about your situation. We can walk you through every step of the processes in advance, and discuss the various options you may have for your care.

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