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Oral Surgery

Why Get Oral Surgery?

Extracting your wisdom teeth is the most frequent surgery there also other reasons to have oral surgery including:

  • Repairing the palate lips face or jaw 
  • Sleep apnea facial pain or infections 
  • Fixing the maxillofacial region caused by an injury or accident 

What Is An Oral Surgeon?

They are also known as an oral or maxillofacial surgeons which, are dentists that have had multiple years of specialized education. This includes the treatment and diagnosis of injuries defects and diseases of the jaw mouth teeth and gums. 

A dentist will refer you to a surgeon if you have:

  • Impacted tooth 
  • Biopsy or removal of lesion tumor or tissue 
  • Implant for missing tooth or support for a bridge 
  • Tooth extraction tooth broken at the gum line 
  • Corrective surgery 
  • Facial pain from temporomandibular joint disease 
  • Sleep apnea 

The Orthodontist Will Refer You to A Surgeon If You Have:

  • Open bite 
  • Uneven facial appearance  
  • Facial injury 
  • Protruding jaw or receding chin

Smile Time Dental provides oral surgery treatments to our patients and new patients. It doesn’t matter if its a straightforward tooth extraction or a root canal we have an endodontist to help you with your oral surgery needs. If you have questions or concerns feel free to call any of our offices and we would love to answer your questions.

Check out our complete list of services, such as CERECCrown Lengthening, Dental Implants, Emergency Dental Care, Extractions, Inlays\Onlays, InvisalignPorcelain Veneers, Root CanalsTeeth Cleaning and Zoom Whitening. We have offices in Arden, Auburn, Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Folsom, Lincoln, Rocklin, San Ramon and S. Sacramento. Call us to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.

Oral Surgery FAQ

Prior to Oral Surgery

Q: Can I eat before surgery?

A: No food or drink 8 hours before surgery.

Q: Can I drive after the surgery?

A: You cannot operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the surgery.

Q: Will I be under sedation?

A: Yes. Most surgeries are under sedation.

After oral surgery

Q: How soon can I brush my teeth?

A: After 24 hours you can brush your teeth. Avoid brushing your treatment area until the stitches are dissolved or removed.

Q: What should I do if my wound bleeds?

A: Use a damp gauze to apply pressure to the area for 15 minutes. Make sure not to spit as this can tear you sutures.

Q: What to do with the bruising and swelling?

A: You will experience swelling and bruising for 2-3 days after the surgery. Using an ice pack for 20 minute intervals will help to reduce swelling and pain. If bruising and swelling last longer than 4 days, call your doctor.

Q: When can i go back to work?

A: Usually within one to two days depending on how you feel. Typically you should wait 3-4 days before you start working out or do heavy lifting.

Q: When can I smoke?

A: You must not smoke for 2 weeks after the surgery.

Q: What should I eat?

A: You can eat foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, eggs, applesauce or any food that doesn’t require a lot of chewing.

Q: What if my stitches comes out?

A: If your stitches split be sure to contact your dentist.

Q: How long should i take my antibiotics?

A: Be sure to finish all of your antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor.