Are you interested in oral surgery services in Austin, TX? At Four Points Dental Studio, our experienced dentists address your oral surgery needs in a safe and comfortable manner. Reach out to us now or continue reading to learn more.
What does oral surgery include?
In most cases, oral surgery involves extraction of teeth. But it also includes implant placement and other procedures. At Four Points Dental Studio, we take pride in being able to treat most oral surgery cases in our Austin office. If you are in need of a simple tooth extraction or an impacted wisdom tooth extraction, we can help! Our doctors also practice advanced bone grafting techniques as well as implant placement.
What should I look for in an oral surgeon?
Extensive experience is important when choosing an oral surgeon. Our dentists have undergone meticulous training to ensure that your procedure is completed properly and in a comfortable manner. We address most cases in our office in Austin, TX. However, if a procedure requires more advanced attention, we will refer out to a trusted board-certified oral surgeon.
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Is sedation necessary for oral surgery?
Sedation during oral surgery depends on your anxiety level. A majority of our patients do very well under local anesthesia. However, we recommend being sedated for certain oral surgery cases. For your comfort, our dentists are certified to administer nitrous oxide as well as oral sedation. Either option will help to reduce anxiety and make your visit much easier.
Oral Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Can a general dentist do oral surgery?
Yes, general dentists are able to perform oral surgery services. However, it is important that they have advanced training to properly perform such dental treatment. Our dentists have undergone post-graduate residencies with extra training in oral surgery procedures. You can be confident that your Four Points Dental Studio dentist is qualified and knowledgeable. Based on the difficulty of treatment, there are certain specialized cases that we may elect to refer out to an oral surgeon. However, we can complete most patient cases in our office.
Is oral surgery considered major surgery?
In some cases, oral surgery treatment can be considered major surgery. Most procedures performed in the setting of our Austin dental office typically would not be, however. We complete wisdom teeth removal and implant placement in an out-patient setting, and these are mild surgeries. Surgeries that require a hospital setting are considered to be major oral surgery procedures. This would include fractured jaw reparations, orthodontic surgeries or surgery to repair facial trauma.
Do I need a driver for my oral surgery procedure?
If your surgical procedure is being executed using only local anesthetic, you will not need a driver. You will also not need a driver if we are treating you with nitrous oxide. Because of the quick onset and rapid recovery associated with nitrous oxide, it is a great way to alleviate dental anxiety with minimal after-effects. Once we complete your oral surgery procedure, we turn off the nitrous. We then proceed to administer oxygen for five minutes. Afterward, you should be safe to drive!
On the other hand, any procedure that uses oral sedation requires a chaperone. Due to the strength of the medication, you are required to secure a ride to and from your oral sedation appointment. Administered sedation medication will last the duration of your appointment and for a few hours afterwards. As a result, sedation causes you to experience some drowsiness. For your safety, please arrange transportation prior to your oral surgery procedure.
What should I avoid after oral surgery?
The main things to avoid after any oral surgery treatment are smoking, drinking through straws and consuming hard and chewy foods. It is important to maintain a soft diet during the first 3-7 days after your procedure so that you can heal properly. We also recommend that you avoid eating any food with small particles. These tiny pieces can get lodged into extraction sites. This can lead to post-operative infections.
Additionally, we suggest no vigorous oral rinsing for the day of surgery. After the initial surgery day, it is essential to keep the surgical area clean. You can do this by gently rinsing with warm salt water throughout the day. This is especially imperative after eating.
For a comprehensive list of what to avoid after oral surgery, check out our oral surgery post-operative instructions.
Can I brush my teeth after oral surgery?
Yes, we encourage that you maintain proper oral hygiene after your oral surgery treatment! We recommend that you brush your teeth as you normally would, but to take extra care when cleaning near the dental surgery site. We discourage directly brushing the site of surgery as this will irritate and delay oral healing. Be certain to clean the teeth adjacent to the surgery site. This will serve to remove plaque and prevent bacteria from accumulating. By following these oral hygiene measures, you will help to mitigate your risk of infection.
How long does oral surgery take to heal?
Peak healing time occurs the first 2-3 days following oral surgery. Swelling and inflammation around the surgical area are the greatest at this point.
If needed, we suggest applying ice packs throughout the first 1-2 days to help alleviate oral swelling. After that, you may benefit from using warm compresses. Compresses stimulate blood flow. This leads to quicker healing.
Generally speaking, the first week after oral surgery will require a change in diet as your body heals. However, many patients can expect to resume eating normally after this period.
Do I need to request time off of work for my oral surgery treatment?
For simple procedures, many patients feel comfortable returning to work the day after their dental surgery. However, more advanced oral treatment may require longer recovery time.
Some wisdom teeth extraction cases may require more healing time. To minimize office visits and reduce overall healing time, we recommend extracting all of your wisdom teeth within one visit. Consequently, we advise that you take a couple of days off from work to recover if possible.
In contrast, implant placement treatment typically results in less post-operative pain. Many dental implant patients can comfortably resume work the next day. You can expect the implant location to be tender, but soreness for this procedure is generally very mild.
Can I work out after oral surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, we propose that you take it easy after your dental surgery procedure. For the first few days following your oral surgery, it is best to avoid any heavy lifting and cardio activity. As you begin to heal and your soreness subsides, you may resume normal daily activities.
How long should I wait to smoke after my dental procedure?
Our dentists advise you to wait for as long as possible following oral surgery before you resume smoking. It is best to wait at least a week before resuming smoking.
Smoking after dental surgery greatly increases the risk of dry socket. This is a painful condition that delays the healing process. Fortunately, resisting smoking reduces the odds of dry socket developing. Many of our oral surgery patients take advantage of this period post-surgery as motivation to cease smoking!
Call us today for your Austin oral surgery needs – 512-872-2222!