There are several procedures in Dentistry requiring Oral Surgery right from simples ones like tooth extractions and implant placement to more complex ones like jaw realignment and emergency care for facial trauma.
“Surgery” often gets correlated with a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and a lengthy recovery period. However, we, at BDC, have tried our best to redefine it altogether and paint a completely new picture. The experience of having Oral Surgery at BDC is usually quite different as we perform it in a dental office setting, under local anesthesia, and take measures to ensure minimal recovery time.
Oral Surgery Procedures
Procedures and conditions requiring Oral Surgery may include:
- Tooth Extractions: A tooth, or teeth, may require removal due to a variety of reasons. An impacted wisdom tooth, a diseased tooth that’s beyond saving, teeth that are overcrowded and need removal to create room to facilitate proper alignment during Orthodontics. At BDC, teeth can be extracted for any of these reasons, or any other, with considerably lesser pain, faster healing, and with fewer complications compared to most other dental facilities.
- Dental Implants: Unlike earlier, tooth replacement today is done with a Titanium-based Dental Implant, which is usually placed beneath the gum-line and into the jaw-bone through a minor surgical procedure. To make it indistinguishable from a natural tooth, it is attached to a natural-looking dental crown that stays visible above the gum-line.
- Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies: Oral Cancer is a dreaded disease that is treatable if diagnosed early. In case of a suspicious oral lesion, a biopsy is often used to detect or rule out Oral Cancer. Biopsy is a surgical procedure that involves removal of a very small tissue sample from the site of lesion for laboratory analysis.
- Corrective Jaw Surgery: Sometimes, surgery is required to correct a jaw’s conditioning if a person’s jaws don’t fit together properly and that faulty alignment is affecting both the functioning and appearance of the jaw.
- Snoring and Sleep Apnea:Sleep Apnea and snoring are often ignored but are, on a number of occasions, a pre-cursor to other complications. Surgery is sometimes used in cases where these problems are caused due to excess tissue build-up in the back of the throat and can be treated by removal of that build-up.
- Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs): Surgery is an option considered in case of TMDs when conservative remedies fail to relieve chronic jaw pain over a long period of time.
- Treating Facial Trauma:Minor-to-complex facial skin lacerations can be repaired, fractures of the jaw and facial bones can be set, and severed nerves can be reconnected through minor surgeries. In addition, facial injuries involving oral tissues, jaws, cheek and nasal bones, eye sockets, and the forehead may sometimes require a minor surgery.
- Evaluating Pathological Conditions:Cases with benign cysts and tumors of the mouth and face can be treated with surgical procedures.
- Cleft Lip/Palate: These are amongst the most common birth defects in India and proper surgical treatment can provide a child with an excellent chance of leading a healthy and normal life.
What to expect from an Oral Surgery
Before performing an oral surgery on a patient, a proper diagnosis is done by taking X-Rays and using other diagnostic procedures. A proper treatment plan is then designed keeping in mind the well-being of the patient and after getting details of the patient’s medical and health history. The plan, including details of the procedures involved, is explained then in a step-by-step manner to the patient and all his queries are answered in detail. We will take extreme care and precautions throughout the treatment to ensure a quick and smooth recovery though its duration will depend on the kind of procedure undertaken as well as your general state of health in addition to your smoking, drinking, and eating habits.
Simply going to the dentist makes people anxious sometimes and the need to get a tooth pulled can compound it into the expectation of a scary experience. However, all such worries are due to lack of knowledge and we sincerely believe that some basic information about dental extractions will alleviate your concerns even prior to your appointment.
Sometimes, a tooth, or a couple of teeth, may develop a serious problem and may even adversely affect the other teeth, the whole mouth, and even your overall health. In such scenarios, extraction of the affected tooth, or teeth, is recommended.
At BDC, you can rely on our experience, our state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and our commitment, for a smooth surgery and quick recovery.
Why a Tooth Extraction May Be Necessary
Teeth can develop serious problems at any age due to a number of reasons. One of the most common problems requiring extraction is Impaction, which refers to the case when teeth fail to properly erupt through the gum tissue. They might have only partially-erupted (a common situation for wisdom teeth, or third molars) or might not have broken through at all. Both situations increase the risk of infection and decay manifold since it is virtually impossible to properly clean impacted teeth.
Other reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary include:
- Retained teeth (teeth that remain in place after they should have fallen out naturally)
- Cysts or other growths
- Your tooth has a severe abscess or infection that has failed to respond to root canal therapy
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment or prosthetics, like dentures
- Your tooth has decay present, which is beyond repair
- The tooth is not being used or doesn’t serve a vital purpose, e.g. wisdom teeth
- The tooth is cracked or fractured or has broken right down to the gum or further below
Your Comfort and Safety Matter
The most common question, and worry, of patients who need extraction of a tooth is – “Will it hurt?”
At BDC, we can confidently state that a surgical procedure at our facilities is the safest and the most comfortable. We provide local anesthesia whenever necessary, and even sedation in case of children and extremely anxious patients to make the procedure seem as painless and quick as possible.
Our core strength may seem to lie in our world-class equipment and technology, but, we believe it is actually our commitment and the compassionate nature of our staff that makes us great at what we do; the equipment and technology just allow us to achieve the levels we want to.
Caring for Your Extraction Site
Even though we go to great lengths to ensure a quick and proper recovery, a lot of it depends on how you care for the extraction site. We will provide you with suggestions for properly caring for the site including details of what might be harmful and what will be beneficial. Some of our basic suggestions include:
- Please be diligent with the prescribed medication and take it exactly as per directions
- It is quite natural to be tempted to touch the extraction sitewith your tongue, or anything else, if there is discomfort. But, you need to avoid it at all costs as the site will be tender and the touch can dislodge the clot, which is necessary for proper healing.
- You should eat only soft foodsand avoid chewing on the same side of your mouth as the extraction site to ensure nothing affects proper healing.
- You need to make sure you don’t drink liquids using a straw as the sucking action can dislodge the clot.
- Smoking affects the rate of healing adversely.And, just like with a drinking straw, the sucking action can dislodge the clot.
Can Tooth Extraction Cause Bad Breath?
Bad breath is usually caused by accumulation of bacteria and it can be avoided easily by properly taking care of the extraction site. Regular rinsing with warm saltwater solution gently will help keep the extraction site clean and free of bacteria that cause bad breath.
However, if you still notice a foul odour along with drainage from the extraction area, it might be an indicator of an infection. Get in touch with us immediately to get it checked and get antibiotics for it.
Can Tooth Extraction Affect Sinuses?
Sinuses are hollow cavities located on both sides of the nose, under the eyes and above the teeth. The roots of the teeth on the upper jaw can be close to, or extend into, the sinus cavity. We always take extra precautions to ensure that the sinus cavity remains intact to avoid side-effects like a sinus infection, nosebleed, or more serious problems.