What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery refers to a surgical procedure performed in or around your mouth and jaw, usually by a specialist in dentistry, who’s highly trained to treat a variety of conditions affecting the face, mouth and jaw.
Oral Surgery Procedures
Westlake Periodontics may preform a surgery to relieve pain in your mouth, treat an infection or even trauma, restore function or improve a someones appearance. Some procedures include:
Sometimes teeth may need to be removed due to decay, disease, crowding or even a traumatic incident. If you feel you have a tooth that may need removed, our professionals at Westlake Periodontics can ensure that you receive the best care possible.
Dental implants are a standard in tooth replacement, because they fit, feel and even function just like a natural tooth. It is the best, long lasting option for a replacement.
Oral Diagnosis & Biopsies
A biopsy is the removal of a piece of tissue from your mouth. This tissue is given to a pathologist for examination and the pathologist will prepare and examine the cells under a microscope in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
A cleft palate is a split or opening in the roof of the mouth. It is a common birth defect that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Also called orthognathic surgery, corrects irregularities of the jaw bones and realigns your jaws and teeth.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Individuals with sleep apnea may need to have excess tissue in the back of the throat removed.
A type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD, can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control your jaw movement.
Facial Trauma & Reconstructive Surgery
The consequences of a facial injury can affect more than just one’s ability to carry on basic life functions such as eating, it can also ruin his or her physical appearance. Knocked out teeth, for example, might need re-implantation or replacement with dental implants.
What To Expect
The amount of time your oral surgery takes depends on the type of surgery you get. When you arrive, our team will make sure you feel as comfortable as possible and administer anesthesia, which will prevent you from feeling pain and help you remain relaxed or asleep during oral surgery. Before surgery is performed, an x-ray will often be taken to aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning. Many common oral surgeries, like a wisdom tooth removal or implant surgery, can take just 1 to 2 hours. After the surgery is over, we will move you to a recovery room while the anesthesia wears off.
Get In Touch With Our Office
Whenever you have a question, concern or to simply request an appointment, we’re always here for you. If you are ever experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office immediately.