Oral Surgery

University Oaks Dental -  - Dentist

University Oaks Dental

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Your mouth is an important part of your body. Any problems that affect your mouth tend to make it hard to eat, drink, or smile. Oral surgery — which includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and deformities of the face, mouth, teeth, jaws, and neck — helps fix many issues. To find out if oral surgery is right for you, call or make an appointment online today with University Oaks Dental at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.

Oral Surgery Q & A

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What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is a type of specialized dentistry that incorporates the diagnosis and treatment of disease, injuries, and defects that involve both the function and appearance of your mouth. Dentists who perform oral surgery attend specialty training that focuses on diagnosing and treating a variety of functional and aesthetic conditions.

Why Have Oral Surgery?

University Oaks Dental at University Oaks Dental performs oral surgery as a means to fix a multitude of issues, including:

  • Removal of diseased and impacted teeth
  • Inserting dental implants
  • Reducing facial pain from conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Correction of bite deformities
  • Birth defects

The most common types of oral surgery include:

  • Tooth extraction, including wisdom teeth removal
  • Dental implants
  • Correction of TMJ disorders
  • Removal of cysts, infections, or tumors

What Happens During Oral Surgery?

It is important to follow all pre-surgical instructions given to you during your consultation. These often include taking antibiotics and refraining from taking blood thinners and other prescription medications. University Oaks Dental may request that you not eat after midnight and bring along a responsible adult to drive you home.

In order to help you relax and make you comfortable during your oral surgery procedure, University Oaks Dental may give you medication and may sedate you. It is best to discuss your options ahead of time and take into consideration the following:

  • Type of procedure
  • Your overall health
  • History of allergies
  • Your anxiety level

University Oaks Dental determines whether to use local or general anesthesia to make you comfortable during the procedure. Local anesthesia numbs the area before additional nerve blockers get injected into your gums. You will hear and see the oral surgery in action without feeling it. General anesthesia allows you to sleep through the procedure.

Once your oral surgery is complete, University Oaks Dental will decide whether to prescribe a painkiller or recommend an over-the-counter medication.

Prescribed medications are reserved for severe pain because they include opioids that act on your central nervous system to relieve pain. Over-the-counter medication is available without a prescription and includes aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

For an oral surgery consultation, call or make an appointment online today at University Oaks Dental.