If you require oral surgery, please contact our Newport Beach, CA dental office at (949) 759-8606 to schedule an appointment. At Smrecek Dentistry, our team of experienced professionals can provide the necessary surgical procedures to maintain or restore your oral health. When it comes to dentistry, surgical procedures are only performed by certain specialized dentists. Whether you are searching for a new dentist or currently undergoing treatment and in need of more intensive procedures, we warmly welcome your call. Our team can evaluate your teeth, provide an expert opinion on whether surgery is necessary, recommend the most suitable procedure, and explain what you can expect during the process. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have to ensure you are well-informed and at ease. In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions we often hear at our Newport Beach dentist office.
Why do people get oral surgery?
There are three main reasons why people undergo oral surgery. The first reason is related to health. Tooth decay is a common issue that can be easily detected and treated with regular dental care, preventing discomfort and further complications. However, lack of regular dental visits can lead to infections, sometimes requiring tooth extraction. In some cases, a root canal can save the tooth, but immediate dental care is necessary to alleviate the discomfort. Additionally, oral surgery may be recommended to address gum problems, such as gum disease or recession, which may require a gum graft procedure.
The second reason for oral surgery is the extraction of wisdom teeth. Although not always an immediate health concern, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to discomfort and potential infections. Removing them can prevent future complications and the pushing of other teeth.
Lastly, patients in Newport Beach may choose oral surgery for cosmetic purposes, primarily to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are considered the most secure and durable solution for tooth loss as they replace both the tooth and the root. This involves the placement of a titanium post beneath the gums, which fuses with the jaw bone over time through a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, a new root system is established, and the replacement tooth is securely attached, providing a natural-like result. To learn more about this procedure, please contact our dental office at 949-759-8606 to schedule an appointment.
Is oral surgery used with orthodontics?
During orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist may address overcrowding by extracting teeth. Space creation procedures are available, and extraction might be recommended by some orthodontists. Jaw alignment is also a concern, with non-invasive treatments being commonly used for overbites or underbites. However, severe cases may require oral surgery to reposition the jaw. Whether oral surgery will be necessary for your orthodontic treatment can be discussed during your initial consultation.
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How do I prepare for oral surgery?
At Smrecek Dentistry, we strive to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure by providing necessary preparations. Patient education is our priority, and we will guide you through each step of the process. As every patient and surgery is unique, the following overview is a generic representation, and we will dedicate individual attention to you. It is typically recommended to abstain from consuming food a few hours before the procedure, following standard anesthesia protocols. We also suggest purchasing ice packs for freezer storage. Planning ahead includes buying soft foods, an adequate water supply, and any necessary items for relaxation and comfort, including ibuprofen. Our team possesses expertise, authority, and trustworthiness in providing optimal care.
Can you provide me with oral surgery if I am currently being treated by another dentist?
You may receive oral surgery at our Newport Beach dental office even if you are currently under the care of another dentist. If your dentist has mentioned the need for oral surgery, kindly inform us during your visit. It’s worth noting that not all dentists perform surgery. If you prefer to continue with your current dentist after the procedure, you are welcome to do so. Alternatively, we are delighted to have you as a new patient at our practice.
What is the recovery like from oral surgery?
The recovery process following oral surgery greatly depends on the type of procedure being performed. As a general guideline, expect temporary bleeding that can be managed using the provided gauze. Swelling is also common and may cause discomfort. To alleviate swelling, apply an ice pack to your face for 15 minutes at a time, followed by a 15-minute rest period. Take care not to irritate your skin, using a light cloth if necessary. Additionally, use ibuprofen to minimize swelling and discomfort. While the ice pack is typically used for a day or two, ibuprofen may be required for about a week. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. Adjust your diet to include soft foods that require minimal chewing, such as soup or steamed vegetables. Preparing these items in advance will facilitate your recovery. Remember to take it easy and follow our instructions to avoid aggravating the surgical site.
For more information on oral surgery or to discuss specific procedures, please call (949) 759-8606 to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team at Smrecek Dentistry is happy to address any questions you may have and guide you towards a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. We are currently accepting new patients and conveniently located in Newport Beach, CA.