Amazing Grace Family Dentistry
Quincy Attipoe, DDS
Dentist located in Dallas, TX
The term “oral surgery” is enough to make anybody cringe, but there’s no need to panic. Quincy Attipoe, DDS, at Amazing Grace Family Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, servicing patients from Richardson, Texas & Garland, Texas, is here to ensure any oral procedure you need is done safely and efficiently, so you can get back to your day-to-day activities as soon as possible. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
Oral Surgery Q & A
What is oral surgery?
Believe it or not, oral surgery is more commonplace than it sounds, consisting of procedures like:
- Tooth extraction
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Dental implants
- Corrective jaw surgery
- Oral cancer detection and treatment, in rare cases
For most patients, it’s entirely possible to resume your normal activities, like work or school, within just a few days following an oral surgery.
What are the most common oral surgery procedures?
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your very last molars to emerge, your wisdom teeth typically grow in your late teens or early 20s. While some people have plenty of room for their wisdom teeth to grow in without problems, around 85% have to undergo wisdom teeth extraction, according to Crest. If you begin experiencing pain in your molars or gums, it may be time to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth.
Dr. Attipoe may recommend a tooth extraction if you’re suffering from a severely impacted, decayed, discolored, or cracked tooth. Unless your wisdom teeth are being removed, you will likely also undergo a restorative procedure to replace your lost tooth.
Bone grafting must be done to build up the jaw in patients with an inadequate amount of bone in their jaw before a dental procedure like implants or other restorative devices. More often than not, the bone used to enhance the jaw is taken from another area of the mouth during the surgery.
Known to most as corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery is recommended to patients suffering from jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or to minimize the effects of sleep apnea, facial injuries or birth defects, and more. This type of oral surgery is almost always performed under general anesthesia.
What can I expect from oral surgery?
Your reaction and recovery time after an oral surgery depend on a number of factors, including the type of procedure you undergo.
In most cases, a common procedure like wisdom teeth removal or a tooth extraction has very few side effects, aside from minor pain and discomfort for the first few days.
A more invasive procedure like jaw surgery, however, may require more recovery time before you can get back to your regular activities.
Call or book an appointment online to learn more about the oral surgery procedures that Amazing Grace Family Dentistry provides.