Reasons for dental surgery
There are many reasons that people need to undergo dental surgery. Some of the most common procedures include root canal treatments, impacted wisdom teeth, and dental implants.
Additional reasons for surgery include jaw bone problems, reconstruction, or even tumor removal. Investing in your oral health not only improves how you look but can even reduce the risk of serious infections that can damage your heart, lungs, and overall health.
What to expect
Before the procedure
Firstly, you can expect that your mouth will hurt until you get treatment. (Sometimes, the infected tooth doesn’t hurt because it is already necrotic/dead. However, there may be abscess formation and/or swelling.) The longer you put it off, the worse you will feel. Therefore, it is important to contact a dentist as soon as you feel any oral pain or notice symptoms such as bad breath or bleeding.
After making an appointment with a dentist, you can expect an examination similar to a doctor’s visit. They will ask you questions about what you are feeling and seeing, and how long you have been experiencing them. In addition, be prepared to disclose information about previous surgeries, allergies, and current medications you are taking as well as medical conditions you have.
Next, depending on the dental diagnosis, you may be required to get an x-ray done or other imaging studies. This is done to determine how extensive the damage is and to guide the dental surgeon. If there is an infection of the tooth or gums, treatment may require both surgery and antibiotics.
During the procedure
On the day of your dental surgery, you will be given anesthesia. Depending on the procedure being done, you may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia. General anesthetics are typically administered via inhaled gas or block injection directly into the mouth. These types of anesthesia will “put you under,” which means you will not be conscious or feel anything throughout the procedure.