Oral Surgery in Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN
If you require oral surgery, call us to schedule an appointment with our dental office. At Holger Dental Group, we can provide you with the surgical procedure you need to maintain or restore your oral health. When it comes to dentistry, only certain dentists perform surgical procedures. Whether you are looking for a new dentist or are currently under the care of one and need more intensive procedures, we welcome your call. We can examine your teeth, give you an opinion regarding whether or not you need surgery, what procedure will benefit you, and what you can expect from the process. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to feel prepared and comfortable. In the meantime, here are a few frequently asked questions we hear in our dentist’s office.
Why do people get oral surgery?
There are three main reasons that a surgical procedure could be necessary. The first is your health. Tooth decay is incredibly common, and if you receive regular dental care, it is easy to catch and treat before it causes discomfort or spreads. Unfortunately, too many people do not visit the dentist regularly, allowing infections to set in. Occasionally, the decay becomes bad, and the tooth has to be removed. It can be saved with a root canal, but regardless, immediate dental care is necessary to stop the discomfort. It may also be necessary for us to perform oral surgery to correct a problem with your gums. If you have gum disease and suffer from gum recession, you could need a surgical gum graft, for example.
The second reason we perform oral surgery is to remove wisdom teeth. While they do not always pose an immediate health risk, they can grow impacted and cause discomfort. Removing them can prevent future infections and stop your wisdom teeth from pushing your other teeth forward.
Lastly, our patients receive oral surgery for cosmetic reasons. Primarily, this is to replace missing teeth with dental implants. An implant is the most secure and durable solution for tooth loss because it is the only solution that replaces the root in addition to the tooth. To do so, we implant a titanium post under the gums and secure it to the jaw bone. Titanium is a strong metal that the body treats like natural matter. As a result, the implant and jaw bone will fuse through the process of osseointegration. This takes a few months, but once complete, a new root system is developed, and when the new tooth is attached, it will be as secure as a natural one. Call and schedule an appointment with our experts to learn more about this process.
Is oral surgery used with orthodontics?
When an orthodontist straightens teeth, one of the issues they address is overcrowding. Certain procedures can create space in the mouth, and one of them is to extract teeth. While not always necessary, some orthodontists will recommend having one or several teeth removed as part of the treatment process. An orthodontist is also concerned about jaw alignment. Overbites and underbites can often be treated non-invasively. However, oral surgery is necessary to change the jaw’s position in severe cases. Whether or not you will need oral surgery as part of your orthodontic treatment is something to discuss during your initial consultation.
How do I prepare for oral surgery?
At Holger Dental Group, we will do whatever we can to keep you comfortable during your procedure, and part of that is helping you be prepared. We believe in patient education and will go over the procedure with you step by step. Since each patient and surgery is unique, our overview here is more generic, and we will take time with you individually. However, you will want to avoid eating food for a few hours (possibly starting the night before). This is standard protocol when receiving anesthesia. We also recommend purchasing some ice packs and placing them in the freezer. You should plan and buy soft foods, plenty of water, and anything you need to relax and stay comfortable, which should certainly include ibuprofen.
Can you provide me with oral surgery if another dentist is currently treating me?
Yes, we can. When you visit our dental office, let us know if a dentist treats you and mentions you need oral surgery. Not everyone performs surgery, so if you want to remain in their care after the procedure has been completed, you certainly can. Otherwise, we welcome you as a new patient to our practice.
What is recovery like from oral surgery?
This depends on the type of surgery being performed. As a general rule, you can expect some temporary bleeding controlled with the gauze that we give you. You can also expect there to be swelling. This is where most of the discomfort comes from. To control it, you will want to place an icepack on your face for 15 minutes at a time, rest for 15 minutes and then use it again. Just be careful not to irritate your skin, and use a light cloth if you need to. Simultaneously, it would be best to use ibuprofen to keep the minimal swelling and discomfort. The ice is typically only used for a day or two, where you may need the ibuprofen for a week or so. At Holger Dental Group, we may also give you antibiotics to prevent an infection. You will want to stick with soft things when it comes to food. It either does not require chewing (like soup) or chewed easily (like steamed vegetables). Buying these items ahead of time will make your recovery easier. Just remember to take it easy and not to push yourself. It is best to follow our instructions than risk irritating your surgical site.