Minor Oral Surgery
What is Considered Minor Oral Surgery?
Some types of procedures, known as minor oral surgery, require the careful attention and care of skilled experts, often oral surgeons or dentists with a special interest in oral surgery. Minor oral surgery treats dental problems in the teeth, jaws, gums, lips, mouth, and soft tissues. Put simply, minor oral surgery includes any procedure where tissue is removed or cut from the mouth.
Who Is Qualified to Do Minor Oral Surgery?
One of our general dentists may perform your surgery, or we may refer you to one of our in-house specialists. An oral surgeon is a dentist who has completed additional postgraduate qualifications in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Specifically, oral and maxillofacial surgery is related to the surgical treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries, and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and related areas.
With smile2o, you are in good hands. Our team of caring, experienced professionals has conducted many successful minor oral surgeries with excellent results. If you have any concerns about your condition or upcoming procedure, speak with your dentist. They will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Types of Minor Oral Surgery Offered at smile2o
We proudly offer our patients a spectrum of dental treatments, including minor oral surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Our dentists place implants very often. These restorations help replace the roots of missing teeth by surgically placing a titanium implant into the jaw. This type of surgical procedure may require additional surgeries in specific circumstances. For example, an augmentation procedure is required in instances where there is insufficient bone to allow for predictable implant placement.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Another type of minor oral surgery our clinic offers is the removal of wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to come through the gums. When the jaw is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted, meaning they cannot erupt or may come through but are misaligned. We generally recommend the removal of troublesome wisdom teeth as soon as possible to avoid infections and other complications.
Our surgical team is most often able to remove wisdom teeth under local anaesthetic; however, conscious sedation is available, and we would be happy to pre-arrange this for you.
What to Expect During Minor Oral Surgery
Our patients often have questions regarding minor oral surgery. We are happy to discuss your questions and concerns before the surgery.
Here are some of the common queries we receive from patients:
What Should I Expect In Terms of Pain?
As with any dental procedure, some pain is to be expected. You may experience discomfort for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. In addition, there may be soreness in and around the surgery site for up to five days. The amount of discomfort will vary between patient and procedure types.
Will There Be Bleeding?
There will likely be some bleeding for the first few hours after your procedure. The local area may continue to bleed at a very slow rate for up to 24 hours. When blood and saliva mix in your mouth, it can make the bleeding seem more dramatic than it is. After four to six hours, if you cannot control the bleeding by pressing firmly on the area with gauze, please contact the practice.
Should I Expect Any Swelling?
We will press a gauze pad on the treatment site to decrease bleeding following the procedure. This gauze pad should be left in place for an hour, no matter how soggy it becomes. The gauze helps ensure that the blood clots so the bleeding can slow. You can maintain pressure on the gauze pad by closing your teeth firmly over it. If it is still bleeding after an hour, replace the gauze pad and continue to maintain pressure for another hour.
A full day after surgery, we may recommend that you rinse your mouth with warm water slowly and gently. We may also suggest that you add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water each time you rinse. Rinse approximately five times daily for up to four days or longer if you prefer.