Oral Surgery in Houston

Oral Surgery: What To Expect

At Elite Dental Wellness, we will call you in for a consultation to assess your oral health through oral exams and x-rays. This will show us any present oral health problems, damage, and other issues that may need to be treated. 

We will then discuss your treatment options. Depending on the issue, you may have multiple options or there may be one particular solution. We will make you as comfortable as possible for your oral surgery by administering local anesthesia and providing you with sedation options that will relax you.

Once you’re as comfortable as possible, we will begin to work on your mouth. This may take a few appointments depending on the procedure. We will thoroughly explain everything to you before the procedure and we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions.

What to Expect

The Orthodontic Care Process

With orthodontic care, it is important to take dental impressions and x-rays to efficiently determine what type of treatment you will need. After placing the braces or starting your aligners, follow up appointments and maintenance are the most essential part of orthodontic care. We will go over a treatment plan with you and schedule any appointments so you can remain diligent about keeping a healthy smile.

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Oral Surgery Treatments We Offer

Bone Grafts

A bone graft is the surgical transplantation of synthetic or real bone to replace missing jawbone. Most often bone grafts are taken from somewhere else in a patient’s body such as the hip. 

By replacing bone that has deteriorated in the jaw, you create enough support for dental implants and restore support to facial muscles to prevent premature facial sagging and the collapse of facial features. Bone loss can occur as a result of tooth loss, gum disease, teeth grinding, certain medical conditions.

Alveoloplasty

This is an oral surgery that reshapes the jaw after a tooth extraction to smooth out any bumps, pits, or ridges along the alveolus. After a tooth extraction has healed over several weeks, the edentulous ridge can become very uneven due to bumps that form once there is no longer a hole in the socket. 

Alveoloplasty recontours the jaw in preparation for tooth replacement like dental implants, bridges, or dentures so that they fit properly and don’t cause problems. 

Alveoloplasty can be performed immediately after tooth extraction or after the extraction site has healed. However, many patients opt to get alveoloplasty immediately because it helps facilitate the healing process.

Tori Removal

Tori is an extra bone deposit that can be found in the upper and lower jaws. Mandibular tori is when extra bone is located in the lower jaw near the rear molars, underneath the tongue. Palatal tori is when the bone is located in the upper jaw, on the roof of your mouth. 

Your genetics, gender, whether you've had an oral injury, and if you have bruxism all can affect your risk of having these extra bone deposits. While they can usually be left alone when they are benign, if your tori begin to cause you discomfort, causes food particle buildup, or makes it difficult to fit dentures, you may need to have it removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Oral Surgery?

Your recovery following oral surgery can range anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This ultimately depends on the specific procedure, the complexity of your case, your oral health, how well you follow aftercare instructions, and individual differences in healing. We can give you an estimate of how long recovery will take during your consultation.

How Do I Prepare for Oral Surgery?

You will generally need to fast in preparation for oral surgery, especially if you are being sedated. The dentist can give you specific details on how long this will need to be but it can be for about 6 hours before your surgery.

You should also arrange for rides to and from your appointment because you will not be able to drive. Have someone monitor you for the rest of the day so that you don’t have to walk upstairs by yourself. 

Many sedatives take up to 24 hours to wear off. You will likely need to rest when you get home and take off work for a few days. Ask your dentist how soon you can return to normal activities like work and exercise.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you’re interested in oral surgery, contact us at Elite Dental Wellness today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Houston.