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.
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:
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.
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:
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.