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What is Oral Surgery?

There are various reasons why you might need oral surgery. This procedure is used to restore form and function after trauma or disease. It may also be recommended to remove or replace teeth, treat impacted teeth, or alleviate discomfort caused by other factors. Dr. Haynes offers a variety of oral surgery techniques to accommodate the needs of all his Durango patients at Radiance Smiles Center.

Oral surgery entails surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis in our office. The type of anesthesia used will vary based on the complexity of your treatment and your personal preference. Dr. Haynes and his staff will take every step necessary to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible.

Reasons You Might Need Oral Surgery

Dr. Haynes may suggest oral surgery for any of the following purposes:

Tooth Loss

Extractions may need to be done if a tooth becomes diseased or damaged. Wisdom teeth may require extraction as well, even if they are not currently causing problems. If the teeth are too crowded, one or more may also be pulled to ensure sufficient space for the remaining teeth.

Tooth Replacement

When you lose a tooth, Dr. Haynes may recommend a dental implant to replace it. This process also requires surgery to place the post into the jawbone that will hold the replacement tooth. If multiple teeth need to be replaced at one time, implants may also be used to secure a bridge or dentures in the mouth.

Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth are those that do not emerge fully and create problems between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Wisdom teeth typically are the ones that become impacted, although other teeth can occasionally have this issue as well. Oral surgery is needed to remove the impacted tooth, relieve the pain, and restore health to the gum tissue.

Jaw Alignment

When your upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly, it can lead to pain and excessive wear and tear on your teeth. The problem can even affect your ability to talk and eat properly. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the irregularity permanently.

Facial Reconstruction

Trauma and injury to the face can affect the teeth and gums. When this occurs, you may need oral surgery to repair the injury and restore the function and cosmetic appearance of the mouth. Dr. Haynes can repair lacerations, fractures and soft tissue injuries.

Disease and Conditions

Cysts and tumors often need to be removed for medical or cosmetic reasons. Whether you need treatment for cancer or a severe infection, or you want to remove a growth for aesthetic purposes, oral surgery can be performed.

Sleep Apnea

This condition is characterized by shallow breathing or complete pauses in breathing throughout the night as you sleep. If the problem can be attributed to excessive tissue in the back of the throat, oral surgery may be recommended to remove some of the tissue to create a clear breathing passage and eliminate the breathing interruptions.

If you have any concerns involving your mouth, teeth or gums, you can schedule an examination with Dr. Haynes to receive an accurate diagnosis and determine whether oral surgery is the right treatment for you. Dr. Haynes will perform a thorough assessment of your situation and recommend the best option based on your precise issues.

Is Oral Surgery Right for You?

While oral surgery is often the best way to treat a problem involving the teeth, gums, or mouth, it is not the only choice available. In some cases, Dr. Haynes may recommend a less invasive treatment. If that procedure does not have the desired effect, oral surgery may be the next logical course of action. Other times, Dr. Haynes may decide right away that surgery will offer you the best possible outcome.

About the Procedure

The steps and process will vary based on the type of surgery you have. Local anesthesia can be used for most procedures, although sedation may also be an option for more complex treatments or patients with more anxiety. Dr. Haynes and his staff will take steps to ensure your procedure is both safe and comfortable for you. He will also provide you with all the information you need before your surgery, so you are confident in anticipating your procedure and recovery process afterward.

Recovery from Oral Surgery

You will return home following your surgery, but if you are sedated for the procedure, you will need someone else to drive you and stay with you for the first few hours. Dr. Haynes will provide you with oral pain medication and instructions to ensure your recovery process goes smoothly. It is important to follow those instructions carefully to ensure quicker healing and a lower risk for complications afterward.

Oral surgery can sound like a scary process, but in most cases, it is much quicker and easier than you might expect. Dr. Haynes is experienced in a wide range of oral surgery procedures, so you can rest assured your surgery will be both safe and successful. To schedule your examination and find out if oral surgery is a good option for you, contact Radiance Smiles Center today at 970-247-9549.