Who Is a Good Candidate to Undergo Oral Surgery?

From impacted wisdom teeth to jaw issues, many dental problems should be treated with oral surgery. Our experienced dentists try to find the most suitable treatment when you face a dental problem to restore your oral health. Among all the other options you have, oral surgery is the last choice that the dentists won’t usually recommend unless it’s truly needed. Many patients avoid oral surgery, even if needed, without knowing how refusing it can lead to severe consequences.

As a patient, it’s important to have enough information about your condition and realize why oral surgery is required. Otherwise, it’s hard to be relaxed and rest assured during dental surgery, and you will suffer from a high level of anxiety. Here, we will explain some conditions that may make you an oral surgery candidate.

Beyond Extractions - A Range of Procedures

What are the different types of oral surgery procedures available?

Tooth Extraction

You might need oral surgery because of broken, decayed, impacted, or overcrowded teeth that cannot be removed by a simple extraction procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth can be painful and uncomfortable and cause infection or crowding. So, they often need to be removed surgically.

Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that are surgically put into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They also offer functional, durable, and natural-looking effects.


Bone Grafting

If the patient’s jawbone is too weak or thin to support an implant, they might need bone grafting. To do this, an oral surgeon adds bone tissue to the existing bone tissue to make it denser.

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift is a type of bone grafting surgery that is done on the upper jaw to make the bone taller where the premolars and molars are.

Orthognathic Surgery (jaw surgery)

Dentists treat problems like a misaligned jaw, an underbite, an overbite, or a protruding jaw with oral surgery to achieve the perfect alignment.

Treatment of Oral Pathologies

Oral surgeons diagnose and treat cysts, tumors, and lesions in the mouth or jaw, among other oral pathologies. Their early detection can greatly increase the chance of more effective treatment.

Apicoectomy

In case there is a persistent infection after root canal therapy, your dentist uses this treatment to cut off the infected tissue around the tooth’s root tip. It is also called root-end resection.

Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

Sometimes, TMJ disorders don’t get better with non-invasive methods. In these cases, dentists suggest oral surgery to fix or replace the joint.

Considering Oral Surgery in North York?

If you are considering oral surgery for any of these reasons, you can get in touch with our team of experienced oral surgeons at 6006 Yonge Dental. We will evaluate your case in detail, explain the best treatment options to you, and create a safe and efficient treatment plan for you. You can rest assured that your procedure will be performed successfully using the latest dental technologies in our clinic’s modern and comfortable environment.

Assessing Your Candidacy: Key Factors for Determining Suitability

Am I healthy enough to undergo oral surgery?

Your overall health is the first thing that your dentist checks to see if oral surgery is right for you. The underlying health problems you may have, like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or breathing problems, should be well-controlled. Some health problems, such as bleeding disorders, immune system disorders, or neurological problems, may need extra care or necessitate making changes in the way the surgery is done.

Your dentist will also check your medical history (including any surgeries you’ve had in the past, the medicines you are currently taking, and any allergies you may have). You should tell your surgeon about any supplements, medicines, or herbal treatments you are taking. This is because some of them can have an effect on the surgery or the healing process.

Your teeth, gums, and the tissues around them will also be checked for damage. If you haven’t taken care of tooth infections, gum disease, or other oral health problems, you might need to do so before surgery to lower the risk of problems.

If the surgery needs anesthesia or sedation, your ability to handle anesthesia should be checked. Your surgeon will check your age, weight, and any allergic responses you’ve had to anesthesia in the past.

What factors can influence my candidacy for oral surgery?

There are a number of things that can affect your ability to have mouth surgery. Some of these are:

  • Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Untreated tooth infections, gum disease, or other dental problems
  • Inadequate bone density for procedures like applying implants or bone grafting
  • Smoking and drinking too much. This can slow down the healing process and raise the risk of post-surgical problems
  • Age-related factors such as bone density and healing capacity

Oral Surgery 


Preparing for Oral Surgery: Ensuring a Smooth and Successful Experience

What steps should I take to prepare for oral surgery?

  1. The first step you need to take is to book an appointment with your oral surgeon. This is the time your surgeon checks your medical history, does an oral examination, and talks to you about the details of the surgery.
  2. Before your surgery, your surgeon will give you special instructions that you need to follow carefully, such as guidelines for fasting or medications you should avoid. For example, you will probably be told not to eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before treatment.
  3. You might still be sleepy after surgery, so make plans for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
  4. If you smoke, you should quit or cut down on your smoking before surgery because it can cause some problems. Stay away from drinking in the days before surgery as well.
  5. Make sure you have plenty of blankets, soft foods, ice packs, and your medications at home. Stock up on groceries and make plans to rest and relax during the first few days of healing. You may need to take time off work, depending on the extent of your surgery.
  6. If you get sick in the days before surgery, for example, if you come up with a cold or fever, you should tell your surgeon.

Beyond Surgery: Recovery and Aftercare Tips for Optimal Healing

What can I expect after oral surgery, and how can I ensure proper recovery?

Right after surgery, you will spend some time in a recovery area while being watched as the effects of the drugs wear off. The surgical area may be painful and swollen or feel uncomfortable. Some bleeding is also normal, and you can control it by biting down on gauze. You may feel nauseous and vomit, especially if you had general anesthesia. If you need it, your surgeon can give you medications to help you feel better.

Tips for Smooth Recovery at Home

  • To ease pain and swelling, take painkillers as directed and use ice packs.
  • Relax and rest: Take some time off from work or school to let your body heal.
  • Stick to a soft or liquid diet initially. As you feel ready, slowly add solid foods back into your diet.
  • Follow instructions on how to take care of your oral hygiene after surgery to avoid getting an infection and help your body heal.
  • Don’t do hard exercises or lift heavy weights.

What are some potential risks and complications associated with oral surgery?

Oral surgeries are generally safe, but as with any other procedure, there may be some risks. Here are some possible risks and problems:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to adjacent structures
  • Delayed healing
  • Dry socket
  • Anesthesia reactions
  • Sinus issues
  • Allergic reactions

Before you have oral surgery, you should talk to your dentist about these risks and ask any questions you may have. Your surgeon will ensure that risks are minimized and everything goes well. If you experience unusual symptoms or problems after surgery, you should call your surgeon right away to get the necessary dental care.

 

FAQs

Your general health, your medical history, and your dental health are the main things you need to consider before surgery.

 Yes, your general health can affect whether or not you are a good candidate for oral surgery. To decide if surgery is a good idea, your surgeon will check your medical history and current health status.

Stick to what your surgeon tells you to do before the surgery, like not eating or drinking anything or avoiding certain medications.

Expect some pain, swelling, and soreness after surgery as you heal. To help your body heal properly, follow post-operative instructions, rest, brush your teeth, and avoid heavy exercise.

There is a chance of pain, swelling, bleeding, infections, nerve damage, and anesthesia responses. Some pain, bleeding, and swelling are normal after the surgery. You should contact your dentist if you notice any unusual signs.

These are the questions that can help you get a better understanding of your procedure:

  • What are the pros and cons of the procedure?
  • How long would you expect the recovery to take?
  • What type of anesthesia will you use?
  • What post-operative care do I need after surgery?
  • Are there any other methods or treatments that could be used?
  • What should I do if something goes wrong?

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