As a multi-specialty dental practice in Chicago, Urban Smiles Dental has provided emergency and restorative dentistry to countless patients of all ages. And in some cases, this requires oral surgery – a term that evokes anxiety in a lot of patients when they hear it mentioned. However, we’ve found that once patients know more about oral surgery, they are far less likely to experience dental anxiety. For that reason, we provide the following information.
Most Common Types of Oral Surgery
Although the term “oral surgery” can be applied to any number of procedures that involve this dental specialty, following are a few of the most common conditions that require treatment from a specialty practice such as Urban Smiles Dental:
- Tooth removal – especially if the tooth has become impacted or infected beyond repair
- Dental implants for one or more teeth
- Facial trauma that involves the mouth, jaws, cheek and nasal bones
- Correction of jaw alignment to include TMJ treatment
- Treatment for severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea
- Detection and treatment of diseases
- Periodontal treatment
- And more
Oral Surgeons Receive Specialty Training
To become licensed as an oral surgeon, individuals must complete four or more years of additional specialty training in an accredited residency program beyond that required for a medical degree. For many of these individuals, this includes training in general surgery or plastic surgery, as well as specialty areas such as advanced anesthesia, reconstructive or bone grafting surgery, and pathology, to name a few.
Consider Sedation Dentistry from Your Oral Surgeon
As mentioned, many dental patients in Chicago immediately dread the thought of undergoing oral surgery. If you can identify with that group, your procedure doesn’t have to be filled with apprehension. Instead, consider the incorporation of sedation and anesthesiology in your treatment. The professional and caring staff at Urban Smiles Dental can counsel you in advance of your oral surgery to determine which type of sedation dentistry is best-suited for you. The four most commonly used are nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, or a local and general anesthetic. Keep in mind, however, that depending on the type of sedation used in your oral surgery, you may require a ride home from a family member, friend, or ride-share service. We’ll let you know in advance of your scheduled surgery.
Don’t put off oral surgery in Chicago any longer — make an appointment now with the dental care team at Urban Smiles Dental to learn more.