What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is specifically designed to enhance, restore and protect your smile. We offer many different surgical procedures that can be done on both adult and pediatric patients. We even offer sedation, which can make the surgical process a lot easier and more comfortable for you. Oral surgery is personalized to each of our patients for optimal dental care.

Why would Oral Surgery be needed?

You might need oral surgery before other procedures. For example, you may require one or more extractions before a denture can be made for you. You might require surgery to prevent future problems from happening, as is the case with impacted wisdom teeth. Other types of surgery can help to enhance your smile and construct teeth that are currently missing.

Who is a good candidate for Oral Surgery?

To determine if you're a good candidate for oral surgery, our Leander dentist will perform an exam, take x-rays and review your medical history. This allows us to determine if you're healthy enough to undergo the procedure that is needed. Surgery can be performed on young and older patients, and it is done on an as needed basis. We are here to help answer any questions that you might have regarding oral surgery.

What happens during the Oral Surgery process?

The surgery begins with a complete consultation. We then schedule you to come in for the procedure. We administer anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. The surgery is then performed and you'll be ready to leave the office. It is important that you have a friend or relative bring you home if you've undergone sedation. Oral surgery is quickly, comfortably and easily done in our office at your own convenience, and we are here to help with any post-operative complications. Some of the most common surgeries that we perform on a regular basis include:

  • Extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Wisdom tooth removal

If you think you may need oral surgery, call us today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment in our office offering one-on-one care and low wait times.

What Is an Oral Surgeon?

An oral surgeon is a dental professional who specializes in surgeries of the mouth, jaws, face and neck. The surgeons undergo more extensive training than regular dentists, with an additional four to six years of postgraduate education and residency rotations.

This training centers on recognizing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and injuries to the mouth, jaw, and face (by extension). Surgeons must also have hands-on experience performing different surgeries on the teeth, mouth and jaws. Examples of these surgeries include tooth extractions, dental bone grafts, dental implants, and corrective jaw surgeries. 

Surgeons are certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). All of our surgeons are board-certified and highly experienced in different forms of surgeries for all age groups. They work closely with our skilled anesthesiologists to ensure painless and seamless oral surgeries regardless of your ailment.

How Long Does Oral Surgery Take?

The duration an oral surgery takes largely depends on the type and complexity of the surgery in question. Oral surgeries can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Simple tooth extractions, for instance, only take twenty to forty minutes and an hour or two for wisdom tooth extractions. Biopsies and lesion removals are simple surgeries that also take ten to thirty minutes at most.

Complex surgeries, usually lasting for hours, include jaw bone grafting, which takes thirty minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the amount of grafting and the patient’s jawbone condition. Dental implant surgery, on the other hand, takes 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the type and number of implants required for the procedure.

Corrective jaw surgeries are arguably the most complex surgeries handled by oral surgeons. The process involves cutting the jawbones, moving them into their correct positions, and using tiny plates, screws, wires, and elastic bands to secure them in place. The surgery usually takes several hours.

How Much Does Oral Surgery Cost?

The cost of oral surgery can vary widely depending on factors like the specific procedure needed, the complexity of the case, geographical location, and the dentist or oral surgeon's experience. That said, it's important to consult with a dental professional who can provide an accurate cost estimate based on your individual situation. Remember, prioritizing your oral health can lead to long-term savings by preventing further complications.

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