When you think of surgery, you probably envision general anesthesia, a lengthy hospital stay, and likely a complicated and uncomfortable recovery. Oral surgery is very different, especially in our office. Oral surgeries are generally performed right in the dental office, and local anesthetic is sufficient to numb the area entirely. We also offer nitrous oxide and other sedative options, to ensure that you are comfortable. With advanced technology and conservative techniques, surgeries are performed efficiently and have minimal recovery time.
Oral surgery may be performed for many reasons, including relief from pain, correction of a defect, replacement of teeth, or cosmetic enhancement. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- Implants – Titanium dental implants are the premier solution for replacement of missing teeth. They are implanted in the jawbone using a minor oral surgery, and then topped with a beautiful crown, bridge, or denture.
- Extractions – This is one of the most common oral surgeries. Impacted wisdom teeth often require extraction because they tend to crowd or damage neighboring teeth, nerves, and other tissues. Additionally, teeth that are badly damaged or diseased may need to be extracted.
- Biopsies and other diagnostics – Diseases such as oral cancer may be detected by a visual examination, but they need to be confirmed by a laboratory test. A biopsy is the very simple procedure of removing a small bit of tissue to send for testing.
- Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring – A corrective surgery may be needed to remove excess tissue that is inhibiting the airway during sleep.
- Jaw surgery – Some types of jaw misalignment cannot be corrected by wearing braces. A surgical procedure may be needed to correct the effects of an injury, or a defect.
- TMD – Although we favor conservative treatments for temporomandibular joint dysfunction, there are certain situations that it does not bring long-term relief. In those cases, surgery may be considered as an option.
- Cleft palate or lip – This is among the most common birth defects, affecting about .15 percent of North American infants. It can be repaired with a minor surgical procedure.
- Traumatic injury – Knocked out teeth and other effects of injury can cause difficulty eating and speaking, as well as cosmetic concerns. We can help restore the appearance and functionality of oral structures.
About the procedure
All treatments in our office begin with an examination, consultation, and discussion about your options. The next step is creating a customized treatment plan. If that plan includes oral surgery, we will take x-rays and other records to facilitate precision planning for an efficient procedure. Local anesthetic is used, and sedation is available, so that you remain comfortable during the surgery. Recovery time is usually minimal, though the details vary depending on the type of procedure. You will be given complete aftercare instructions, and encouraged to call us if you have any questions.
Our office is conveniently located in Woburn, MA, and we can be reached at (781) 315-4456 for questions or appointment requests.