WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ORAL SURGERY
Oral surgery is very important when one has diseases, injuries or any other defects that affects their teeth, mouth gums or the jaws. What most oral surgeons do is to provide the necessary solutions to help in correcting or improving jaw health, removal of wisdom teeth, repairing any broken or damaged teeth that one may be having. These kinds of surgeries do not require in-patient services. They are mostly outpatient which means that the patient visits the dental clinic to get the surgery carried out then he or she goes home and is therefore responsible for taking care of the operated teeth or gums following the instructions and directions that the dentist will offer to him or her before releasing them.
What to expect
Most people who are supposed to have oral surgery are usually scared as they are not sure of what they are supposed to expect. This article will cover some common things that one should be sure to expect when they go for oral surgery.
Oral surgery includes any procedure which requires the dentist to either cut into or remove any tissue that is in the patient’s mouth. These procedures may include removal of teeth or one tooth, carrying out surgery on the gum, removing any tissue that is infected by diseases, repairing any jaw problem and also treating any type of cleft palate case. The oral surgeon who is qualified to carry out these services is called a maxillofacial surgeon. He or she needs to have completed the needed post graduate training specializing in oral surgery. After any of the aforementioned procedures has been carried out, the patient is prone to feel pain, to bleed in the mouth or to experience swelling especially in the region that has been operated on. These are usually normal cases but extreme cases need one to visit a dentist to confirm that everything is still in order.
After having oral surgery carried out, it is normal for one to feel pain either in the area that has been operated alone or all over through the whole gum since the teeth are connected by nerve endings which are able to transmit pain throughout the whole jaw. This pain is usually felt after the operation when the anesthesia used has started to wear off. However, if after 48 hours the pain still persists, it is important to visit the dentist again for a check.
This is a common side effect of oral surgery. This is usually experienced during the first hours immediately after surgery. The bleeding may be experienced up to 24 hours but if it goes beyond then it is wise to get a dental exam.
It is normal to experience facial swelling especially the region around the mouth and cheeks due to the surgery. It is wise to apply ice or use cold compress on the swollen region and the swelling will go down slowly in around five to ten days.