When a patient is facing oral surgery, it’s normal to be apprehensive. While oral surgery can completely change a person’s standard of living and their health, the procedure itself could never be considered fun. However, this doesn’t mean it has to be traumatic or unnecessarily painful. In fact, many patients often find that it wasn’t nearly as bad as they had built it up in their mind.
If you have an oral surgery in your future, we want to help calm your fears and put you in a positive state of mind. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about oral surgery.
1. “Will my oral surgery hurt?”
During your oral surgery, you will receive the right anesthetics to numb the area that will receive treatment. It’s important to Dr. Rostami and to her staff that you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible during your procedure, so great care will be taken to see to your needs. After your surgery, the area will be sore and could be swollen. Dr. Rostami will give you precise recommendations to make your healing as rapid and trouble-free as possible. The faster you heal, the sooner you will return to full function and comfort.
2. “Will I need to be under anesthesia for oral surgery?”
Minimally, oral surgery requires local anesthesia to numb the area before any work is done. This is the same kind of local anesthesia you receive at a general dentist’s office. For some people, additional medications are needed to make this procedure tolerable and positive. If a patient is particularly anxious about the procedure, sedation can help him or her relax. This sedation could be offered orally or intravenously. For a few people, a general anesthesia may be the right answer to allow the surgery to proceed quickly and be problem-free. When sedation or general anesthesia is used, it’s vital to have an experienced surgical team on hand to monitor all the patient’s vital signs and ensure everything is progressing correctly.
3. “Why should I see an oral surgeon for wisdom tooth removal?”
When wisdom teeth need to be removed, it’s because there is not enough room in the jaw for them to take their correct positions. They get stuck in the jaw—a condition referred to as “impacted”—and very often are in odd positions. They could be leaning into the adjacent tooth or be lodged sideways in the bone of the jaw. Removing one of these teeth requires cutting into the gum and sometimes removing bone around the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to remove it more easily. Depending on how the tooth was positioned, stitches may be placed in the gum tissue to keep the incision closed. Removing wisdom teeth is best done by a surgical specialist who can successfully deal with any situation found as the tooth is being removed.
4. “Why should I see an oral surgeon for my dental implants?”
Placing a dental implant is a significant surgical procedure. General dentists are very good for routine care, but they often don’t do the extensive training required to place implants. Dr. Rostami provides the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, with special interest in dentoalveolar surgery, dental implants, bone grafting surgeries, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstruction, TMJ disorders and cosmetic procedures. She has also trained extensively on in-office sedation and general anesthesia.
5. “How do I know if I need oral surgery?”
In most cases, your general dentist will recommend that you visit an oral surgeon for treatment. However, if you have any concerns that you think might require oral surgery or you have a question that your general dentist could not answer, please directly call Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 202-350-2268 for assistance.
At Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center, our goal is to provide the highest standard of oral surgical treatment possible. We see patients from all over the Washington, D.C. area. We look forward to hearing from you.