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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.
The growth of the third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, usually happens between the ages of 17 and 21 - the time when we become old enough to have gained some wisdom about life. At Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL, our team of dentists - Dr. Sean Cullinan, Dr. Michael Cullinan, Dr. Larry Zager, Dr. Alex Figueroa and Dr. Stella Haralampopoulos - have both the wisdom and knowledge that is needed to diagnose any potential problems with wisdom teeth. Here, they offer some insight into wisdom teeth and when they might need removed.
What is the purpose of wisdom teeth?
With so many people having them removed, it's natural to question the function of wisdom teeth. Scientists believe that our ancestors, so-called "cavemen," needed this extra set of molars to help them chew the tough, uncooked staples of their diets - roots, tree nuts and meat.
Unfortunately, our skulls, in particular our jawbones, are much smaller than those of our predecessors, which helps explain why so many of the patients we see at Family Dental Center in Glenview have wisdom teeth growing in at odd angles. There simply isn't enough room for them to grow in properly.
What problems can wisdom teeth cause?
Some lucky patients have wisdom teeth that grow in evenly and without incident. Many others, however, have issues when their wisdom teeth begin to erupt. If the wisdom teeth don't have enough room to break through, for example, they can create a crevice in the gums that traps food and can lead to infection. Infections can also happen if the teeth aren't cleaned properly due to their remote location in your mouth. Wisdom teeth can also come in crookedly and push your other teeth out of alignment. The development of these problems can usually be seen by your Glenview dentist on an x-ray, and removal may be suggested to prevent further complications.
As wisdom teeth begin to grow in, you may feel some pressure or even pain in the back of your mouth. If you've been experiencing these symptoms, or are reaching the "age of wisdom," give Family Dental Center in Glenview, IL a call to schedule an evaluation. Our dental team will be able to devise a plan that's smart for you and your unique dental needs!