Frequently Asked Questions About Service
What’s the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon?
A Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) is a general dentist who can diagnose and treat most basic dental issues. An oral surgeon, however, has extensive knowledge and training in complex dental issues. Oral surgeons must complete a hospital-based residency program and undergo training in the administration of anesthesia, including intravenous (IV) sedation, nitrous oxide, and general anesthesia.
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
It is generally thought that these teeth earned their name because they erupt when we are much older and “wiser” than when our other teeth first erupted. Between the age of 17 and 25 is when most wisdom teeth make their appearance.
Is wisdom tooth surgery painful?
During wisdom tooth surgery, you will receive a numbing agent to reduce any pain or discomfort you might experience. In some cases, your oral surgeon may also offer sedation to make the procedure less stressful. After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort and jaw stiffness for about two weeks. This is typically managed with a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.
What is dry socket?
After your wisdom teeth are extracted, you may experience a complication called dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis. This occurs when a blood clot fails to form in the socket after a tooth is removed, or the blood clot is dislodged. The bone and nerve are exposed to air, food and fluids, causing pain and putting you at risk of infection.
My husband snores. Can you help?
Maybe. In some instances, people who snore have a disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes frequent interruptions in your breathing while you sleep, putting you at risk for stroke, heart failure and other health issues. An oral surgeon may be able to provide relief for both the person who snores, as well as anyone in close proximity.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorders, can cause headaches and other facial pain. It’s basically a small joint that connects the lower and upper jaw near the base of the skull in front of your ears. If night guards and medication do not reduce your pain, oral surgery may be recommended.
Are bone grafts necessary before dental implant surgery?
In some cases, bone graft surgery may be required, if you have significant bone loss due to injury or other dental issues. An oral surgeon will use bone grafts to stimulate new bone growth and strengthen your jaw prior to implant surgery or placement of your dentures.