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Oral Surgery

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Oral Surgery

Surgical procedures for the mouth and jaw, also called oral surgery, can make repairs or treat symptoms due to a range of dental complications. At Smyl Manatee in Bradenton, Florida, dentists Nish Patel, DDS, and Chuck Laun, DDS, specialize in oral surgeries such as root canals, tooth extractions, and temporomandibular joint arthroscopy. To book an appointment, call Smyl Manatee or use the online scheduling feature today.

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery refers to procedures addressing issues of the mouth and jaw that require intensive solutions. Rather than getting nonsurgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, or oral devices for your issue, oral surgery gets to the root of the problem using a surgical technique, which is often minimally invasive. 

At Smyl Manatee, Dr. Patel offers oral surgery in-house with options for anesthesia and sedation. While he doesn’t offer general anesthesia, sedation and local anesthesia together can keep you comfortable and calm during the procedure. 

One of the most common oral surgeries is called a root canal. Root canals treat infected or inflamed teeth. Inside of every tooth is soft tissue consisting of nerves and blood vessels. This is called the pulp, and Dr. Patel removes it after creating an opening in the biting surface of the tooth. 

Dr. Patel then thoroughly cleans the inside of the tooth to eliminate lingering bacteria before filling it with a biocompatible material and sealing it with dental adhesive. Finally, he places a custom crown over the tooth to fully restore its original function. 

Other options for surgery include dental implant placement, gum grafting, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) surgeries, and tooth extractions.

What are some signs I need oral surgery?

Usually, you don’t need oral surgery unless there’s no way for noninvasive treatments to fix the issue. For many dental complications, Dr. Patel tries more conservative measures first and recommends surgery later when those options have not offered a permanent fix. In some severe cases, surgery is the first recommended treatment. 

Consider talking to Dr. Patel about root canals or other oral surgeries if you experience persistent:

  • Tooth pain, especially when biting down
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Gum swelling
  • Dark tooth discoloration 
  • Major chips or cracks in your teeth
  • Recurring pimples on the gums
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Severe jaw pain, often with malocclusion

Dr. Patel assesses your case using technologies like CT scans and dental X-rays. Using the results, he can select the surgery you need and plan its technique.

How should I prepare for oral surgery?

Different oral surgeries require different steps for preparation, and Dr. Patel makes sure you’re familiar with what you need to do ahead of your surgery. To prepare for surgery, you might need to:

  • Stop eating and drinking for several hours
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop consuming alcohol
  • Arrange time off from work
  • Arrange for a ride to the office and back home again
  • Purchase soft and liquid foods to eat as you heal

Depending on the type of oral surgery, you might have fewer or more instructions. They also vary based on whether you need sedation. 

If you have symptoms or dental concerns that might require treatment with oral surgery, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Smyl Manatee today.

Oral Surgery

AMAZING PEOPLE! I've never had such a wonderful experience from the minute I walked into the dentistry office until the very end of the visit! Really amazing people, each and every one of them! So polite, so funny, so helpful, and so thoroughly involved and thoroughly knowledgable in the care and utmost health of your teeth. Sending them 5 STARS! Go see this amazing dentist and his team, you won't be disappointed! 

Jan and Andy Olynyk

I had Invisalign done with Dr. Patel, and it was a perfect experience from beginning to end. HE is a perfectionist and was attentive and professional from the initial consultation through to post-treatment. I've had orthodontic work done before and it can be a confusing and daunting process, but Dr. Patel provided confident and reassuring guidance the whole way. 


I personally did not like going to a dentist until I met Dr. Nish. Smyl Manatee makes you feel welcome the second you walk in the door the entire staff is friendly. I will continue to tell everyone I know about the regular checkup & cleaning experience I had. Amazing doctor with an amazing team. 


I was always scared of going to the dentist with the dental anxiety I had until I visited Smyl Manatee. The doctor told me about sedation dentistry and how the crown & bridge work. From the initial consultation to the final delivery, I was guided thoroughly, and the procedure went smoother than I thought. Highly recommended, if you are looking to improve your smile. 


Dr. Patel and his team are amazing! They're professional, considerate, and make you feel at ease. I had an implant done a few years and now returning for two more. As much as I hate dental work, I'm at ease returning to Dr. Patel and his team. After my consultation, I left with a lot of information, answered questions, and excitement to fix my smile again. There's no one I trust more for my dental work!