What to expect when getting oral surgery
Most people don’t look forward to going to the dentist for even routine cleanings and exams and needing to go in for oral surgery can be even more nerve wracking. Yet, knowing what to expect during your oral surgery procedure can help you feel more comfortable. At William T. McMaugh, DDS Inc. we offer modern technology and procedures, while also taking the time to answer all your questions so you are confident you’re are getting the best oral care available in the Harleysville, PA area.
Extractions – One of the most common oral surgery procedures done is tooth extractions. Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed, or just a troublesome tooth pulled, extractions are simple and routine. First, we will either numb the area the tooth is being pulled from or if you are experiencing high levels of anxiety we can use a sedative to help you relax. The tooth will be removed quickly and then the socket will be packed with gauze to help promote clots. Implants – If you need to replace a missing tooth, implants are the most stable and reliable options. An implant is put directly into the jaw bone so it is stable and stops bone loss. After the implant has time to heal, a crown will be placed on top that is both functional and aesthetically appealing.
It can take a few weeks for your gums to heal completely after an oral surgery procedure. It is important for the first few days that you eat soft foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, and liquid soups so food particles can’t get stuck in the open gum flaps. It will also help you avoid biting down on the healing gum. While the gum is healing, it is best to avoid any sucking actions like smoking or using straws. Sucking may dislodge blood clots and cause dry socket which is extremely painful. Generally, your dentist will prescribe a pain killer for you to use for the first few days if needed, but most won't experience high levels of pain after the first day or two. If pain persists you should contact your dentist right away. If you would like more information about oral surgery and what to expect, please contact Dr. William T. McMaugh and his team today!