Dental surgery is a medical procedure that addresses conditions affecting the mouth, gums, and teeth, while maxillofacial surgery focuses on the face, head, and jaw. In Los Angeles, dental surgery is a common procedure that addresses issues such as tooth loss, sleep apnea, and wisdom teeth. Although the thought of undergoing surgery may be daunting, most procedures are outpatient and allow patients to resume their normal activities within a few days.
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When considering surgery, it is important to consult with a dentist who may refer you to an oral surgeon if necessary. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments may be available and recommended by the surgeon or dentist. If you have concerns about the referral to an oral surgeon, we can provide the necessary reassurance and explain the reasons behind the recommendation.
Oral surgery is performed by an oral surgeon who may also provide consultation when the general dentist is uncertain about the appropriate surgical treatment. Some of the common reasons for dental surgery include impacted wisdom teeth, sleep apnea treatment, and dental implants.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to misalignment, pain, and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder, may require surgical treatment to remove excess tissue at the back of the throat, which helps clear the airways and reduce symptoms significantly.
Dental implants involve placing small posts into tooth sockets, allowing healing, and attaching artificial teeth for a permanent replacement that looks and feels natural.
Before surgery, the surgeon will provide detailed information on the necessary preparations, including medication to take before and after the procedure. Our surgeon will also take the time to explain what to expect during and after surgery based on the specific procedure needed.