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Oral Surgery

Oral surgery consists of any surgical procedure that is performed on the jaw, gums, or teeth to improve function, appearance, and/or health. Although it can be a standalone field, oral surgery is often performed by dentists of other specialties who have been trained and qualified as oral surgeons. For example:

  • Gum grafts, dental implants, and complex teeth extractions can be performed by a periodontist, who specializes in the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
  • Bone grafting, dental implants, and tooth extraction can be performed by a prosthodontist, who specializes in dental prostheses.
  • Root canals and apicoectomies can be performed by an endodontist, who specializes in dental pulp.
  • Corrective jaw surgery, palate reconstruction, and facial reconstruction are performed by a maxillofacial surgeon, who specializes in the skeletal structures of the face and jaw.

Oral surgery is just one of the comprehensive dental services offered by Monarch Dental.* Whether it’s a routine root canal or tooth extraction or a more complex dental problem, the team of highly trained specialists at Monarch Dental can meet your oral surgery needs using the latest in medicine, technology, and techniques. And, we do it in a comfortable, compassionate, and professional environment.

*Not all services are available at all offices. Check with your nearest Monarch Dental location for more information.

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Why might I need oral surgery?

Oral surgery requires specialized training and expertise and is often necessary to treat conditions or injuries that cannot be treated by a general dentist.

You may need oral surgery if you:

  • Have moderate to severe gum disease
  • Need teeth extracted or replaced
  • Have an infected or abscessed tooth
  • Have sustained severe facial trauma or injury
  • Were born with a congenital defect or skeletal abnormality in the face, mouth, or jaw 
  • Have infected, impacted, or crowded wisdom teeth
  • Sustained damage to prior dental work or restorations
  • Are experiencing pain as a result of injury to the nerve endings in your teeth
  • Have severe malocclusion or misalignment issues
  • Suffer from severe sleep apnea
  • Have facial pain as a result of TMJ
  • Have been diagnosed with oral cancer or another disease in the maxillofacial region
  • Have a tumor or cyst in your jaw

What happens during oral surgery?

Depending on the type and extent of oral surgery needed, your procedure will be performed either in a hospital setting or in a designated area of your dentist’s office. Many standard outpatient oral surgeries like tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and root canals are done at your dentist’s office. More complex procedures like corrective jaw surgery, grafting, or reconstructive surgery may require an inpatient stay at a hospital facility.

Before your procedure begins, you will receive some kind of sedation to assist with pain management or even anxiety, and the sedation you receive will, again, depend on the type and extent of your surgery.

Some common types of anesthesia and sedation include:

  • Local anesthetic, a numbing medicine injected or applied to the area of treatment that numbs the nerves and soft tissues.
  • Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which is inhaled and relaxes the body, producing a calm, almost silly feeling.
  • IV sedation, which is administered directly into the bloodstream and can be controlled in real-time for moderate or deep sedation.
  • General anesthesia, which is administered either as an IV or with an oxygen mask and renders you unconscious. 
  • Oral sedatives, which are typically taken several hours before a procedure and produce light sedation.

Once you have been anesthetized, your doctor will begin the procedure.

After your oral surgery, there will be some level of recovery as well as post-operative instructions. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and attend all follow-up appointments to make sure your mouth is healing as it should to prevent future complications.

Oral Surgery Care You Can Trust at Monarch Dental

At Monarch Dental, we know quality dental care goes beyond routine cleanings and checkups. That’s why we work hard to make specialized services like oral surgery just as accessible as standard procedures. From highly trained professionals at our multiple locations to a variety of financing and payment options, Monarch Dental provides the care you need at a price you can afford. We accept most major dental insurance plans, as well as CareCredit, and uninsured patients can take advantage of our OneSmile Dental Plan, for discounts on many dental services.

For the highest level of care and customer service, trust Monarch Dental. Find the location nearest you and schedule an appointment today!