Oral Surgery Los Angeles, CA
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Many people have no major dental health issues, but certain conditions can only be corrected with oral surgery. Impacted wisdom teeth, infections and similar issues won’t get better on their own. Suzanne Khalili DDS of Adams Family Dentistry can improve your oral health if you need surgery.
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What is Oral Surgery?
Although the term can encompass a wide variety of procedures, in the dental world, oral surgery is typically an office-based procedure that uses local anesthetics or additional treatments like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation. General dentists typically perform procedures like tooth extractions and may perform root canals. Dental specialists called endodontists also perform oral surgery. More complex procedures are usually the province of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who receives extensive additional training beyond general dentistry.
What Are the Various Kinds of Oral Surgery Procedures?
Removing wisdom teeth is probably the most common of all oral surgery procedures. The teeth may be removed because there isn’t enough room for them in the jaw or because they have become impacted and fail to erupt properly. Other teeth may also become impacted, although this is less common. An infection in the gum or tooth may necessitate oral surgery to drain the pus. Other dental surgery procedures include placement of dental implants, tooth removal for dentures or surgery to correct unequal jaw growth.
What’s the Procedure Like?
Although each procedure is a little different, all begin with a thorough assessment of the problem. In some cases, preliminary treatment may be necessary. For example, if you have a serious infection, the dentist may recommend a day or two of antibiotic therapy prior to the surgery. You’ll receive medications like local anesthetics or intravenous sedation to relax you and relieve any pain. The procedure itself may require incisions, stitches or other treatment like drilling.
What About Recovery?
In many cases, the recovery from oral surgery is minimal. For example, if the dentist removes a small amount of tissue for a biopsy, you should be on your way in no time with just a little residual soreness. For larger procedures where there is more swelling or bleeding, it may take several days or even weeks to be fully recovered and able to resume your normal activities. The type of anesthetic also makes a difference. Local anesthetics typically wear off in an hour or two. Intravenous sedation may make you drowsy for several hours and you won’t be able to drive.
If you need oral surgery, we hope you’ll choose Dr. Khalili for your procedure. Please contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment. We’re your best option for a Los Angeles dentist.