Do you need to undergo oral surgery? Wondering what to expect? We have the answers.
Whether our Glenview, IL, dentists have told you that you need to undergo surgery for a dental issue or someone in your family will need to have surgery, we know that you may have questions along the way. Find out all you need to know about oral surgery.
What are the most common types of oral surgery?
While surgery can be performed on a wide range of dental problems the most common surgeries include,
- Wisdom tooth extraction
- Dental implant placement
- Bone grafting
- TMJ disorder
What is the recovery period like?
How long it takes you to recover after surgery will depend on the type of surgery our Glenview, IL, family dentist performs. For example, once the dental implant is placed it can take 3-6 months for the tissue and bone to heal around the implant, while it may only take a week or two for your mouth to heal after wisdom tooth removal. During your consultation, we can talk to you about what to expect from the recovery process.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
If you’ve just received local anesthesia than you may be fine enough to drive home after your procedure; however, if we’ve administered any sedation then you will need to have someone drive you home.
Will oral surgery be painful?
While getting surgery can make some people a little nervous it’s important to know that this procedure should not be painful. Our dental team will work with you to make sure that you get the proper anesthesia and pain management prior to the surgery so that you don’t feel any discomfort. We may also prescribe a stronger pain reliever after your surgery to reduce symptoms while you heal.
Will I have stitches?
Again, this will depend on the type of surgery you will have to undergo. Most stitches that are placed will end up dissolving on their own over the course of a few days. If we don’t place dissolving stitches then you will need to come into our office in about one week to have them removed.
No matter whether you have questions about oral surgery, want to sit down and discuss whether you need to get your wisdom teeth extracted or you just need to come in for a routine cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL.
Do you need oral surgery from your Glenview, IL, dentists? Oral surgery procedures are used to treat infections, relieve pain, restore function, or improve an individual's appearance.
Oral Surgery Procedures with your Glenview Dentist
- Dental Implants: People suffering from tooth loss may opt for dental implants. The advantages of dental implants are they prevent deterioration of your bones by providing support, they have a high success rate, 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
- Corrective jaw surgery: May be recommended when an individual suffers from a severe bite and tooth alignment issues. It's a routine in-office procedure that fixes issues like extracting impacted wisdom teeth, inserting dental implants in the jaw, correcting underbites and congenital abnormalities.
- Cosmetic Gum Problems: There are several gum issues that may need surgery, such as when excess gum tissue covers more of the crown's enamel surface than normal; receding gums is when your tooth roots become exposed, so teeth appear yellow and are more vulnerable to decay; an uneven gum line is when some teeth are more covered by gum tissue than others, so your dentist reshapes the tissue to improve the appearance.
- Extraction: You may need a tooth extraction due to trauma and/or overcrowdedness, among many reasons. It's a simple in-office procedure where your dentist will examine the severity of the situation, extract the tooth, or whatever is left of the natural tooth and stitch the extraction area. An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth, so no need to worry about pain.
For more information on the various types of oral surgeries your Glenview, IL, dentists provide, just call (847) 998-1281.
There is a branch of dentistry that specifically deals with oral maxillofacial surgery and treatments. It is focused on correcting dental ailments using surgeries of the mouth, including the jawbone, gums, soft-tissues, and teeth. If you’re having a dental concern or emergency, an oral surgery procedure may be required to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Find out if you can benefit from one of these procedures when you visit Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL, for a consultation.
Dental Extractions (Wisdom Teeth)
One of the most commonly performed oral surgeries is tooth extraction. It is always best for a dentist to perform this procedure to ensure that bone tissue is preserved and that there is minimal bleeding. A dentist will also minimize the chance of an infection after a tooth is removed. Tooth extraction is reserved for cases when all other treatment options have been exhausted.
Some patients have ill-formed jaws that protrude unnaturally and don’t allow for normal eating and speaking. In this case, oral surgery can adjust the jaws so that they sit more naturally and comfortably. Your Glenview, IL, dentist can add screws or plates when needed to ensure proper jaw flexibility and movement. Patients who struggle with jaw pain due to TMJ disorder may need oral surgery to get relief.
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that affects approximately 47 percent of Americans according to the CDC. It is caused by poor oral hygiene (particularly a lack of regular flossing around the gumline), and it may be related to genetics. Oral surgery may be needed to remove diseased tissue from under the gums to give the bone tissue a chance to regenerate and heal. Bone grafting is also a surgical option for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone density and gum tissue.
Another common oral procedure is the placement of dental implants. The dentist drills a small hole into the jaw to make room for a titanium device that looks like a screw. This is a relatively minor dental surgery that helps patients who want to permanently replace missing teeth.
After a short exam, your dentist will let you know if an oral surgery procedure will help improve your smile. Call (847) 998-1281 today to schedule a visit to Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL.
Discover the unique and wonderful benefits that dental implants can offer you.
When it comes to handling tooth loss it’s important that you weigh all the options to determine the best approach for replacing your missing tooth (or teeth). Our Glenview, IL, dentists understand just how important finding the right tooth replacement is.
There is a reason many of our adult patients are turning to dental implants to restore their smile. After all, they offer some advantages that other tooth replacements can’t. Dental implants are tiny metal posts that our Glenview, IL, general dentist will place into the jawbone where the roots of your missing tooth once were.
That’s right; dental implants actually replace tooth roots. They even function just like them. Of course, the metal implant isn’t the part that people will see. We will have to place a dental crown over top of the implant to complete the restoration.
How can dental implants improve my oral health?
Sure, dental implants will fill that gap in your smile with a restoration that looks and feels just like a real tooth (no one will be able to tell that you have an implant) and yes you will feel more confident in your new and improved appearance, but there are also some health benefits that dental implants can also offer you:
Prevent Bone Loss
This is one of the biggest benefits to getting dental implants. While other tooth replacement options will give you back a full smile, they can’t actually prevent bone loss. One complication of untreated tooth loss is bone loss. The jawbone deteriorates because it is no longer getting the proper amount of stimulation it needs from all of the roots of the teeth. To combat this, we will place the implant into the jawbone. This will not provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to maintain its strength and density.
Prevent Teeth from Shifting Around
If you don’t treat your tooth loss, over time the rest of your smile will begin to shift into those open spaces between teeth. This can lead to crowding, uneven spacing, crookedness and other misalignment issues that can only be corrected through orthodontic treatment.
Here in Glenview, IL, our dental team is ready to help get your smile back on track, no matter whether you want to get dental implants or in-office teeth whitening. Our cosmetic and emergency dentists are here to make sure you get the care you need, so don’t hesitate to call Family Dental Center for the care your smile deserves.
Is your smile is as healthy as it could be? Let’s find out!
We are human, so at some point along the way we are going to fall flat when it comes to properly caring for our smiles. Maybe you fell asleep before you could floss your teeth or you drank more sodas in a week than you care to admit; however, as long as you know how to care for your smile the majority of the time, this is what really adds up. Our Glenview, IL, family dentists are here to provide the ultimate tips for keeping your smile healthy and happy.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Nothing is more important than making sure you are brushing at least twice a day (ideally, after mealtimes) and flossing once a day. Brushing in the morning when you first wake up and then again right before bedtime can greatly reduce plaque buildup.
How long do you need to spend brushing your teeth? This is also a very important factor. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer then set a timer yourself for about 2 to 3 minutes. This is how long you should be brushing each time you do.
Use the Proper Technique
What benefits can brushing and flossing possibly have if you aren’t doing it right? Proper form and technique are everything. Be gentle when brushing all surfaces (you don’t need to scrub or press down in order to remove plaque). Short, gentle strokes are all it takes. Remember to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth and leave floss to take care of the spaces between teeth. Before you finish, brush your tongue and roof of your mouth to fight bad-breath germs.
Whether you are dealing with dry mouth or you are prone to cavities, there are many factors that may warrant needing mouthwash or a medicated rinse in order to reduce the bacteria responsible for decay and gum disease. While over-the-counter mouthwashes only serve to temporarily hide bad breath, our Glenview dentists can recommend a proper mouthwash that will help promote an all-around healthier smile.
Manage Bad Habits
Do you use your teeth instead of scissors to rip apart plastic packaging? Do you grind your teeth at night? If you said “yes” these are habits that you need to not just be aware of but also know how to address to protect your teeth for the long run. Teeth should never be used for anything other than chewing food or speaking. Don’t use your teeth as tools, which could seriously damage them. If we suspect that you grind your teeth, we may recommend getting a custom night guard to wear while you sleep to protect teeth from excessive wear and tear.
If you ever have questions about your oral health or about the dental services we offer here in Glenview, IL, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, caring dentists. Turn to Family Dental for your smile needs.
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