Oral Surgery

Where to Get Oral Surgery?

This is a common question, as more and more dentists are sending patients to oral surgeons for simple tooth extractions, or to cut out wisdom teeth. Find out where the closest oral surgeon is in your area, and if he accepts the insurance that you have. If you’re uninsured, see if they will work with you. You may want to check with your local dentists to see if they recommend a quality oral surgeon in your area. Google, the phone book, Facebook, Ask, Yahoo, these are all good starting points to check with, to see where the local oral surgeons are in your area.

Who will Perform Oral Surgery?

General dentists often will not do any type of oral surgery, as they are not equipped to do the procedure. You will have to look in your area for an oral surgeon, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They will have the proper equipment to deal with the more in-depth procedures than a general dentist will. They will have emergency equipment on scene, if something don’t go as planned. They are generally harder to find than a regular dentist, and you may want to search a 50 mile radius if you live in a small area. Larger cities should have more of a selection.

What Should I Look For?

For oral surgery, you’re looking for an oral surgeon who’s established in the business. A good oral surgeon will have a good reputation. You can check online to see if there has been any malpractice suits against that particular surgeon. The word on the street, what people have to say about the surgeon is important. If they are saying bad things, you might want to look for a different place.

How is Oral Surgery Performed?

Oral surgery is often performed under some type of general anesthesia, depending on the individual and what the surgeon thinks is ideal in the situation. They will pull or cut out the teeth that need it. They will pack the socket with gauze after they have pulled or cut it out. If cut out, they will use dissolvable stitches to close up the area to avoid excessive bleeding if needed.

What Type of Anesthesia Should I get?

This is often a choice for the individual getting the oral surgery done. The oral surgeon may recommend what they think is ideal in the situation. General Anesthesia will put you to sleep, and you will be woke up after the surgery ends. It has a slightly higher risk of something going wrong, as some people have reactions to the anesthesia. Twilight is an option that has become popular as of late. They give you an intervenious injection of drugs that will make you unaware of the situation around you, but somewhat awake. They call it twilight, because you won’t really remember what happened, but you were in a semi-awake state. Local anesthetic is the cheapest option, but it will require you to listen to the noises and feel the surgeon pulling at your teeth. It is the most popular choice for minor tooth extractions, and oral surgeries.
Overall you will have some research to do, and some thought and consideration to put in before you get into the room for the oral surgery. Do your best to find an accredited dentist around your area, that accepts the insurance you carry, or willing to work with you if you’re uninsured. Make sure to do a little research on the anesthesia, and check out the side-effects and risks, though small still exist.