Are You Worried About Oral Surgery?

Houston, TX, dentist offers oral surgery in our office

Being told that you will need to undergo a more invasive dental procedure is usually not something that patients are happy to hear. However, these treatments can be necessary to restore your smile. MMC Dental in Houston, TX, offers oral surgery options including tooth extractions and dental implants. Today, we are here to tell you what to expect during these treatments so that you can feel at-ease during your appointment.

When An Extraction Is Necessary

In many cases, your dentist will prioritize repairing a tooth if it has been harmed. However, there are some circumstances in which it is better to remove it instead. This may include severely damaged or infected teeth, or your wisdom teeth which are often taken out to avoid them causing you discomfort. If one of your pearly whites has been harmed, a restoration such as a crown may be able to repair it. Unfortunately, though, this may not be possible if the area was not treated promptly, or the damage was too severe.

Before having a tooth extracted, the local area will be numbed for your comfort. For more extensive procedures, such as removing the third molars, other forms of anesthesia may be used instead. Your dentist will discuss these options with you beforehand. Then, an incision will be made, and the structure will gently be removed. If necessary, sutures will be used to stitch the area closed. It may take a few days to recover from this surgery. In the meantime, eat softer foods and avoid anything that may agitate the area.

Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth

If you are experiencing tooth loss, your dentist may have recommended an implant as a replacement option. This method offers some advantages over traditional options such as bridges or dentures. An implant is composed of three parts: the post, abutment, and crown. Together, these pieces are able to recreate the root and visible part of your missing tooth. This can improve your smile’s function and appearance.

The process of receiving an implant can take several appointments over the span of a few months. After having your initial consultation, oral surgery will be scheduled to place the post. It will be added into the jawbone so that it can fuse together in a natural process. Anesthesia or sedation may be used to ensure you are comfortable during this process. You will then need a resting period as you heal from this. After this, the abutment and crown pieces can be added. The implant can last for several years with proper care.

Schedule Your Service Today

If you need to have a tooth removed or implants placed, our team is here to help. To schedule your appointment, call MMC Dental in Houston, TX, at (713) 926-8896.