Oral surgery can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Dr. Dorsey specializes in a variety of oral surgery procedures, and is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest techniques and treatment methods for gentle care for all of our patients. With advanced technology and sedation options, you can get all the care you need, all under one roof.
While we do everything we can to avoid extracting teeth, sometimes, there is no alternative. If a tooth is decayed or damaged beyond repair, an extraction may be necessary to prevent further complications. Dr. Dorsey provides gentle, pain-free extractions, and will discuss replacement options with you during your visit, so you won’t have to worry about missing part of your smile.
Wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, generally grow in between the ages of 17-25. However, most people don’t have room in their mouths to accommodate this final set of molars, so they often crowd the other teeth, causing them to shift and become misaligned. As a result, many people need to have them removed as they begin to grow in. If your wisdom teeth manage to fully erupt but are still causing problems, then the extraction process is very similar to a standard extraction.
Teeth are considered impacted when they fail to erupt and become trapped in the gum line. They can press on surrounding teeth and cause them to shift and crowd each other. This is incredibly common with wisdom teeth, and they require a more complex solution. To extract an impacted wisdom tooth, Dr. Dorsey will create an opening in the gum so he can access the tooth. He may need to divide the tooth into manageable pieces to be removed. Once the tooth is out, he will close the treatment site and provide you with guidance on healing and aftercare.
Bone grafting is a common procedure for patients who are receiving dental implants but have been missing teeth for some time. Using either natural or synthetic materials, we can provide support for weak, fractured, or otherwise damaged bone tissue. Bone grafting can help stimulate the formation of new bone to improve the structural integrity of a patient’s jaw, so it can adequately handle the placement of dental implant posts.
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Tori are extra deposits of bone that can form in either the upper or lower jaw. While most tori are benign, or non-cancerous, and do not need to be removed, there are certain situations that can call for tori removal. Patients who are getting dentures and have tori will likely need them removed in order to get their dentures to fit properly. Tori also should be removed if they are causing food to become trapped in the mouth, as impacted food can dramatically increase your risk for decay or infection.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure in which bone is added to the upper jaw in the space between the rear teeth and the upper sinuses. Sinus lifts are performed to reinforce the structure of your upper jaw to allow for the placement of dental implants, so you can restore your smile.
An alveoloplasty, or ridge augmentation, is a relatively common procedure performed on the ridge above the upper front teeth. Performed either after an extraction, or in preparation for a denture fitting or dental implant placement, an alveoloplasty can help reduce complications and boost the longevity and comfort of a dental appliance.
Generally, most patients prefer to rest for a few days after their wisdom teeth are removed. After treatment, you may experience minor bleeding and pain. If you exercise regularly, remember to stop if you get lightheaded. Everyone’s reaction varies, and pain ranges from mild to severe. You should expect to have some swelling after surgery. It usually peaks on the second day and resolves shortly after. Closely follow your instructions to ensure maximum comfort and expedited healing. In most cases, 3 to 5 days is enough!
So, you just had your wisdom teeth removed and are thinking about what you can eat after wisdom teeth removal? As with most things, preparation is key. Stock up on easy-to-eat foods like popsicles, ice cream, yogurt, warm soup, Jell-O, and other foods that require little to no chewing.
For the first 24 to 48 hours, consume only liquids and soft foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, and ice cream. Cold foods are especially helpful with discomfort. As you start feeling better, you can experiment with more solid foods. By day 3, foods like soft, fluffy eggs, toast, or oatmeal can be consumed. By the fifth day, you should be able to resume eating firm foods so long as you make sure to chew slowly and avoid taking large bites.
Slight temperature elevation after surgery is not uncommon. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be taken to reduce the fever but be careful not to mix medications. Be wary of going from lying down to standing quickly due to lightheadedness caused by low blood sugar or medications. Wait one minute in the seated position before standing to ensure you make the transition at a reasonable pace. You may feel hard, sharp protrusions near the surgical sites. These are likely the bony walls that support the now-removed tooth. These will usually smooth out spontaneously but can be removed if they persist. Keep your lips moist with ointment such as Vaseline to avoid dry, cracking skin. Sore throats are uncommon due to swollen jaw and neck muscles. This should subside in roughly 2-3 days.
It is important to remember that wisdom teeth removal is a serious medical procedure, and that post-operative care is very important. Unnecessary pain and complications such as infection and swelling can be minimized if the above instructions are followed carefully.
However, some complications may still arise. Common issues after wisdom teeth removal can include:
If extraction becomes necessary, the dental team at Colonial Drive Family Dentistry will provide the safest, most comfortable extraction procedure possible. Even though many fear getting their wisdom teeth removed, you can expect considerate, efficient dental care from our team.