While many patients are nervous about oral surgery, Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS value patient comfort and trust. Our staff includes trained oral surgeons, so regardless of your reason for requiring oral surgery, you can trust that your procedure will be safe and as simple as possible.
What is Oral Surgery?
Simply put, oral surgery is any type of surgery that is performed in or around the mouth and jaw. It should be performed by a dental specialist who is trained in oral surgery. You may require oral surgery for a variety of reasons. The most common types of oral surgery include:
- Removal of impacted wisdom teeth
- Dental implants
- Root canals
- Repair of damaged teeth
- Injury repair of the jaw
- Gum graft
- Maxillofacial surgery
Recovery from Oral Surgery
The particular details of your oral surgery recovery process will vary depending on the type of surgery you require. It’s important to avoid smoking or drinking alcohol after your surgery, as these slow the healing process. You may use ice packs to reduce swelling, and will likely be instructed to rinse your mouth with salt water periodically rather than brush your teeth during the initial healing process. You will also need to eat soft foods during recovery, and should have a trusted family member or friend to drive you home and care for you during the first stages of your recovery period.
Do I Need Oral Surgery?
Patients require oral surgery for several reasons, including impacted wisdom teeth, infection, damage or injury to the teeth or jaw, and gum disease. As a patient, it’s difficult to predict whether you will require oral surgery. Rather, you should schedule an appointment with a qualified dental professional, such as those at Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS. They will be able to determine the most effective procedure for you.
Schedule an Appointment
If you suspect you require oral surgery, or if you have questions about your oral health, schedule an appointment with Fennell, Yoxthimer, and Associates, DDS. Call our Cincinnati office at (513) 631-6600 or request an appointment through our online form.