Many dental issues can lead to the need for oral surgery, and when that need arises, having a dentist you know and trust is important. For many families in and around Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Grant Allen, DDS, of Rio Rancho Family Dental Care is their dentist of choice. Dr. Allen has extensive experience in all aspects of oral surgery and can help you move closer to ideal dental health. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more.
What is oral surgery?
Oral surgery includes any dental procedure that breaches the surface of your gum tissue or other oral tissues. There are many types of oral surgery, and all dentists are trained to perform basic oral surgery procedures.
Not all dentists choose to offer advanced oral surgery as part of their practice. It takes a significant investment of time to achieve the training needed to use advanced treatment platforms. It also requires a significant financial investment to bring those platforms into a dental practice.
What are some examples of oral surgery?
Some of the more common types of oral surgery include:
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Root canals
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Tooth and jaw repair after a traumatic injury
- Gum grafting
These are just some of the procedures that fall under the umbrella of oral surgery.
What can I do to prepare for oral surgery?
Just as with general surgery, there are steps you can take to improve your experience with oral surgery. A great place to begin is to be open and honest with the Rio Rancho Family Dental Care team during your consultation or dental exam.
Be prepared to share information about your personal and family health history. This includes information about your lifestyle, health problems you’re experiencing, and any medications or supplements you’re taking.
If you’re a smoker, make every effort to quit prior to your oral surgery appointment. Smoking impedes your circulation, which is a vital part of the healing process. It also introduces all kinds of chemicals into your oral tissues, which can prevent proper healing and cause additional dental issues.
You can also take steps to ensure a healthy recovery process. If you might need assistance after your procedure, ask a friend or loved one to drive you home and help out for a day or two. You need rest to help your body heal, and asking for help can make the entire process easier to manage.
You receive full recovery instructions prior to your oral surgery appointment. Following those guidelines is an essential part of a successful recovery. Be prepared with soft foods and plenty of healthy beverages, and follow instructions on how to keep your teeth and mouth clean in the days after your visit.
Learn more about oral surgery during a face-to-face consultation. Scheduling is fast and easy if you use the online booking tool, or you’re always welcome to call and speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.