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By Family Dental Center
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You’ve just learned that you need to undergo some kind of “oral surgery” to address whatever oral health issue you have. This could be an overwhelming thing to process for some people because of the word surgery. Fortunately, your dentists here are Family Dental Center in Glenview IL are used to performing oral surgery. Plus, you may be surprised to know that oral surgical procedures are actually very common and straightforward.

Common Types of Oral Surgery

Depending on your particular symptoms and condition, your dentist may recommend one of the following oral surgeries:

  • A Tooth Extraction: This is the most common oral surgery and is typically recommended to address decay, overcrowding, or trauma. A simple extraction is done for extracting teeth that you can see above your gum line. On the other hand, a surgical extraction is used when tissue or bone should be cut to extract the affected tooth, such as in cases of overcrowded teeth or impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Prosthodontics: This includes various procedures such as reshaping teeth that require dental crowns, bridges, or veneers, as well as the placement of dental implants to support dentures or dental crowns.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Procedures: These include more complex oral surgical procedures like corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial dental implants, pre-prosthetic nerve repositioning, and bone augmentation, as well as dentoalveolar surgery.

Top Tips for Oral Surgery Recovery

Any oral surgical procedure will require recovery to ensure the surgery’s success and minimize the risk of potential complications. Generally speaking, you will be limited to consuming specific food consistencies or types. Likewise, you will need to take an OTC pain medication or a prescription pain reliever for more complex oral surgeries.

While recovering from oral surgery, it’s crucial to follow all the directions of your Glenview, IL, dentist. It’s likewise vital to call your dentist right away for any concerns or questions. You should never wait until complications occur before contacting your dentist.

Talk to Us For Any Questions, Concerns, or Information About Oral Surgery

Arrange a meeting with your Glenview, IL, dentist here at Family Dental Center by dialing (847) 998-1281.

By Family Dental Center
March 19, 2019
Category: Oral Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

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 toPatient 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 Wisdom Teeth 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!