Oral Surgery

You may need oral surgery to treat your dental issues and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Our dentists in Los Gatos offer oral surgery near you. If you have any questions about oral surgery, contact our dentists near you to schedule a consultation.

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is a surgical procedure that affects the mouth or jaw. There are many types of oral surgery. You may need a tooth removed, your jaw repositioned, or a tumor removed.

Oral surgeries are often performed by specialists. There are many types of specialists, including periodontists, oral surgeons, and more. If you need one of these surgeries, our dentists can help.

What Are the Types of Oral Surgery?

There are a variety of reasons you may need oral surgery. At your regular dental appointments, our dentists look for signs of possible issues. If you have a dental issue, you may be referred to a specialist to have oral surgery.

Some of the most common types of oral surgery include:

  • Jaw or tooth repairs
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Root canals
  • Tooth implants
  • Maxillofacial surgeries
  • Gum grafts

How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

Prior to oral surgery, you will be given instructions to follow. You should not eat or drink for 8-10 hours before your surgery. You should also make arrangements so someone can drive you home. Depending on the anesthesia you’re given, you may not be able to drive following the surgery.

How to Recover from Oral Surgery

At Mountain Bay Dental, following your oral surgery, you will be given a set of recovery instructions. The specific guidelines vary by operation, but in most cases, you will need to do the following:

  • Eat soft foods at room temperature. Don’t drink through a straw or eat hard or crunchy foods.
  • Give yourself two or more days to heal.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water to kill bacteria.
  • Use an ice pack to keep inflammation down.

If you notice any concerning signs, be sure to give us a call.

For more information about oral surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact our dentists near you at Mountain Bay Dental. Our friendly team is here to help you maintain a healthy and happy smile for life.

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