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Find answer to your oral surgery concerns below. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Enhance Oral Surgery Location.


Who is qualified to perform oral surgery?

In addition to completing four years of dental school, oral surgeons have extensive additional training alongside medical residents to develop specific skills, including general surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology.

Oral surgeons have the necessary expertise and knowledge to diagnose functional problems with your jaw, teeth, sinuses, and more. Golden State Smiles provides a range of proven-effective and personalized surgical procedures to resolve various dental problems.

What procedures can an oral surgeon perform?

Oral surgeons can perform a number of oral surgeries to protect and enhance your dental health, such as tooth extractions and more complex surgeries, like:

  • Dental implants
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Soft tissue and bone grafting
  • Detection and treatment of several dental diseases
  • Tooth extractions
  • Treatment for impacted teeth
  • Solutions for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Solutions for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Corrective jaw surgery

Enhance Oral Surgery provides solutions for diseases of the mouth and jaw, trauma, certain cosmetic treatments, and procedures for facial injuries.

Your dentist can help you choose the right procedure for you during your initial consultation. This is also your opportunity to address any concerns or ask any questions you might have. 

With any oral surgery, it’s important you feel prepared, know what to expect, and have clear and realistic goals and expectations about the procedure.

Why would I need oral surgery?

You might need to visit an Enhance Oral Surgery location if you have impacted wisdom teeth or if you’ve been diagnosed with a soft tissue condition or another dental problem.

If you need a more complex dental procedure, such as the removal of multiple teeth or bone surgery, or if you require more advanced sedation, you’ll need to visit a qualified oral surgeon. These procedures must be safely and effectively performed by a trained oral surgeon. 

If you have a suspicious or abnormal growth in your neck, face, mouth, or jaw, this could be a sign of a more serious oral health problem, and you might need a biopsy from an oral surgeon.

The team at Enhance Oral Surgery performs oral surgery to treat a range of dental issues, such as ankylosis, impacted canine teeth, and impacted wisdom teeth. They also perform advanced procedures, like socket regeneration and laser pocket disinfection (LPD), when necessary.

The right oral surgery can enhance the look and functioning of your bite and smile and provide you with numerous cosmetic and functional benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about oral surgery and how it can benefit your dental health, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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Pre & Post-Surgery Instructions


Pre-Surgery



Before any oral surgical procedure you should:

  • Eat a light and easily digestible meal the night before your appointment
  • If you are going to be sedated, DO NOT eat or drink anything on the day of your appointment
  • Wear short sleeves and loose-fitting clothing
  • Arrange for a relative or friend to stay in the office with you and be ready to drive you home
  • You may NOT drive a car on the day of the surgery if you are to be sedated!

Post-Surgery



Fold a piece of clean gauze into a pad thick enough to bite on and place directly on the extraction site. Apply moderate pressure by closing the teeth firmly over the pad. Maintain this pressure for about 30 minutes. If the pad becomes soaked, replace it with a clean one as necessary. Do not suck on the extraction site (as with a straw). A slight amount of blood may leak at the extraction site until a clot forms. However, if heavy bleeding continues, call your dentist. (Remember, though, that a lot of saliva and a little blood can look like a lot of bleeding.)

The Blood Clot

After an extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. This clot is an important part of the normal healing process. You should therefore avoid activities that might disturb the clot.

Here’s how to protect it:

  • Do not smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously or drink through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Do not clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket for the rest of the day. You should, however, brush and floss your other teeth thoroughly. Gently rinse your mouth afterwards.
  • Limit strenuous activity for 24 hours after the extraction. This will reduce bleeding and help the blood clot to form. Get plenty of rest.
  • If you have sutures, your dentist will instruct you when to return to have them removed.
Medication

Your dentist may prescribe medication to control pain and prevent infection. Use it only as directed. If the medication prescribed does not seem to work for you, do not increase the dosage. Please call your dentist immediately if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever.

Swelling & Pain

After a tooth is removed, you may have some discomfort and notice some swelling. You can help reduce swelling and pain by applying cold compresses to the face. An ice bag or cold, moist cloth can be used periodically. Ice should be used only for the first day. Apply heat tomorrow if needed. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Diet

After the extraction, drink lots of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Avoid alcoholic beverages and hot liquids. Begin eating solid foods the next day or as soon as you can chew comfortably. For about two days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site. If you are troubled by nausea and vomiting, call your dentist for advice.

Rinsing

The day after the extraction, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water). Rinsing after meals is important to keep food particles away from the extraction site. Do not rinse vigorously!

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Post Surgery Instructions For Children



Anesthesia – The feeling of numbness will begin to wear off in 30 minutes to 4 hours. Until that time, avoid all hot foods or liquids, and do not chew. This is to prevent accidentally burning or biting the lips, cheeks, inside of your mouth or tongue until the feeling has returned

Gauze Pack – Fold the gauze into a small pack and place over the extraction site and apply firm pressure for one to two hours. Change the gauze pack every 15-30 minutes.

Bleeding – It is normal for the extraction site to bleed slightly or ooze blood for 12 to 24 hours following surgery.

Ice Pack – For the first 2 to 8 hours after surgery, ice packs should be applied to the outside of the face over the area of the extraction site. The ice pack should be held in place for 15 minutes on, and then removed for 15 minutes. Doing this throughout the day will help reduce discomfort and swelling.

Medications – DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN PRODUCTS due to the possible increase in bleeding potential. If prescription medications were prescribed please follow label instructions carefully. For most extractions, a non-aspirin over the counter pain medication will provide good pain relief. Do not take more than the recommended dosage!

Diet – A liquid or soft diet should be adhered to for the first 12 to 24 hours after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of liquids for the first day or two. Avoid the use of a straw as it may dislodge the blood clot that is forming in the extraction site.

Oral Hygiene – Clean the rest of your mouth as usual, however avoid bumping or brushing the extraction site. DO NOT RINSE OR SWISH YOUR MOUTH for the first 24 hours following surgery.

Possible Complications



Dry Socket

This is sometimes a problem after surgery. The symptoms associated with dry socket are constant moderate to severe pain, bad taste, putrid odor, and poor clot formation at the surgical site. If you think you have ANY of these symptoms call our office as soon as possible.

Fever

Monitor your temperature for the first 24 to 48 hours. Any elevated temperature should be reported to our office.

Swelling

Some swelling during the first 24 to 48 hours can be expected.

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Payment is due at the time of your appointment and services. We accept cash, check and these major credit cards:

No Insurance, no problem! At Enhance Oral Surgery we strive to make dental care accessible for all families and will do our utmost to work with our patients to create affordable payment plans.

We work with CareCredit and Lending Point to help you finance procedures that may be beyond your immediate reach.

Why Choose Enhance Oral Surgery


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We pride ourselves on carefully listening to your concerns and providing you with the specific treatment that you require and desire. We treat one patient at a time and on time.

Our Practice Embraces Change


At Enhance Oral Surgery, we are dedicated to excellence in patient care, combining the most advanced techniques with state-of-the-art technology and unmatched, personalized service.

Insurance & Financing Options


No Insurance, no problem! At Enhance Oral Surgery we strive to make dental care accessible for all families and will do our utmost to work with our patients to create affordable payment plans.

At Enhance Oral Surgery we are dedicated to excellence in patient care, combining the most advanced techniques with state-of-the-art technology and unmatched, personalized service.