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Oral Surgery Specialist

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Smile Dental

General & Family Dentistry located in Moreno Valley, CA

Oral surgery can remove diseased tissue or teeth from your mouth and treat complications when nonsurgical treatments aren’t effective. At Smile Dental in Moreno Valley, California, the skilled team of family dentists offer oral surgeries, like tooth extractions and root canals, and can refer you to oral surgeons for more extensive surgeries if you need them. To find out more about oral surgery, call Smile Dental today, or book a consultation online.

Oral Surgery Q & A

 

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery covers all forms of dental treatment that require using incisions and, often, an anesthetic. Oral surgery can treat many oral health complications involving soft (gums) and hard (teeth and bone) tissue.

The many types of oral surgery require meticulous planning and preparation. The team at Smile Dental plans these surgeries, starting with an in-depth consultation. During this first appointment, they review your medical and dental histories. They could also take X-rays to view your jawbone and the roots of your teeth.

In some cases, the team will refer you to oral surgeons with specialty training. Endodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists offer intensive oral surgeries that might not be immediately available at Smile Dental.

Which type of oral surgery do I need?

While oral surgery is rarely the first step in treatment, the many types of oral surgery can treat various complications. There are also oral surgeries for other purposes, like placing devices or grafts. A few of the most common oral surgeries are:

  • Dental implant placement
  • Bone grafting
  • Gum grafting
  • Sinus lift
  • Root canal

The team at Smile Dental specializes in extractions, including pulling wisdom teeth. Extractions are often surgical because many require gum incisions to access an impacted tooth or a tooth’s root.

Smile Dental also offers root canals to treat inflammation or infection of the soft tissue within your tooth.

During this procedure, your dentist creates an opening in your tooth to get to the soft inner pulp. They remove the pulp and clean the newly empty inside of your tooth to get rid of any remaining bacteria before filling it with a latex compound and placing a crown.

How should I prepare for oral surgery?

The Smile Dental team gives you instructions that you must follow to prepare for your upcoming oral surgery. These instructions can include:

  • Stopping smoking, at least temporarily
  • Fasting for 8-10 hours before surgery
  • Arranging transportation to and from your surgery appointment
  • Requesting time off work to recover
  • Adjusting, avoiding, or taking certain medications and supplements

It would be best if you also were to inform the Smile Dental team of any ongoing health complications you’re experiencing and any medications you take regularly. These can affect your surgery and its preparation.

To find out more about oral surgery and how to prepare, call Smile Dental today for a consultation or request an appointment online.