Oral Surgery Specialist

Excellence Dental Services

Dental Services Center located in Fullerton, CA & Chino Hills, CA

Oral surgery may sound scary, but modern techniques make it a simple process that’s usually performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Excellence Dental Services and their affiliated dental practices offer a full array of oral surgery procedures, including wisdom teeth extraction and dental implant placement. Call Excellence Dental Services in Fullerton, California, to learn more about the oral surgery offerings or use the online tool to set up a consultation.

Oral Surgery Q&A

Who needs oral surgery?

Oral surgery treats problems with the face, mouth, and jaws. Many types of oral surgery are routine and performed by the groups associated with Excellence Dental Services.

You may need oral surgery if you have tooth pain, a missing tooth, or a tooth (teeth) that’s causing infection, crowding, or other complications. Your provider does everything possible to treat these problems with minimally invasive therapies first, but sometimes oral surgery is the best way to get you a happy, healthy smile.

What are common types of oral surgery?

Common oral surgery procedures include:

Tooth extractions

A surgical tooth extraction is required when you have a tooth that has not yet broken through the gum line or has broken off at the gum line. Your provider makes a small incision into your gum to access the affected tooth, loosen it, and remove it entirely. You may need stitches at the incision site.

You may need a surgical extraction for impacted wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that erupt in the very back of your mouth in early adulthood. Other teeth that are causing crowding can also be removed via oral surgery.  A large cavity may also mean you need a surgical tooth extraction.

Dental implants

Dental implants are posts implanted into your jaw to mimic a tooth root. They’re appropriate when you have missing teeth and healthy gums. To place the posts, your provider makes an incision in your gums to access your jawbone. Following surgery, your tissue grows around each post so they fuse to your jaw and feel and function like your natural teeth.

Oral biopsies

Oral surgery may be used to take a biopsy of tissue to check for oral cancer. During this procedure, your provider removes a small sample of tissue from your gum, tongue, or cheek and sends it to a laboratory for analysis.

What should I expect during oral surgery?

The exact details of your procedure depend on your specific oral health needs. However, most oral surgeries are performed with local anesthetics and sometimes mild IV sedation rather than general anesthesia.

Once your vital signs are stable, you’re sent home to recover. You’ll need a family member or friend to transport you if you’ve been sedated. Your provider gives you a thorough after-care plan that includes how to keep the surgical site clean, immediate oral hygiene instructions, and dietary recommendations.

If you have questions about oral surgery, call Excellence Dental Services, or request an appointment online.

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