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What Is Oral Surgery and When Might You Need It?

May 23, 2022
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Posted By: Sullivan Dental Partners
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We offer dental surgery in a comfortable and pain-free environment at Sullivan Dental Partners. Our Brentwood dentists also utilize the latest technologies to promote easier treatment and faster recovery times.

If you need dental surgery, you can count on our knowledgeable and skilled team to see you through.

Oral Surgeries in Brentwood, TN

Oral surgery means procedures performed on your teeth, jaws, oral tissues, and gums. It can mean anything from complex tooth extraction to periodontal treatment.  

Surgical Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions can be straightforward or surgical, depending on a few factors. Your dentist takes x-rays to decide if an extraction is simple or surgical. Examples of surgical extractions may include wisdom teeth or secondary molars close to the sinus or nerves.

If you need a surgical extraction, rest assured that it is image-guided and precise. Thanks to carefully administered anesthesia, you’ll not feel a thing.

We also offer options for dental sedation.

Dental Implant Placement Surgery

Most patients compare this favorably to far less invasive dental treatments because technology has made implant placement simple. And like extractions, dental implant placement is image-guided and precise.

If you’re a candidate for dental implants, your dentist surgically places new tooth roots that later integrate into your jawbone for stability and restoration of bite force. Then, we provide a custom tooth crown or prosthetic like an implant-supported denture when integration completes.

Periodontal Surgery

Our advanced technology allows us to treat gum disease less invasively and with faster recovery times. In our dental office, we offer laser dentistry, which means less bleeding, no cutting, and less pain for you! If you have gum disease, laser dentistry may be a fantastic option.

Additionally, we offer pinhole gum recession surgery, reversing gum recession through an advanced technique. Your dentist creates a pinhole and gently repositions the gums over the teeth. This helps with exposed roots and the inflammation associated with periodontitis. This approach means no wounds!

Lip & Tongue Tie

A tight frenum or tongue-tie—extra or restrictive skin behind the lip or tongue—makes it difficult or almost impossible for babies to nurse. A lip and tongue tie surgery eliminates this issue by untying the tissues and restoring freedom of movement, allowing your baby to thrive! This is an easy surgery, laser-guided for a nearly immediate recovery.

Select Cosmetic Dentistry and More

We can lengthen crowns, reverse gummy smiles, and even treat canker sores using our water laser. This type of laser is as gentle as it gets!

Sedation Dentistry in Brentwood, TN

Even though we are gentle and utilize technologies like laser dentistry, you may still feel uncertain or even afraid. For this reason, we’re happy to talk to you about sedation dentistry.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one popular option because the floating, tranquil feelings don’t linger. You can drive yourself home and continue with your day.

Oral sedation is more powerful, and you may not recall much of your time in the dental chair. With this option, you’ll need transportation and should rest for the remainder of the day, making no crucial decisions.

Before approving you for sedation, your dentist will take a health history to make sure it is a safe option for you.

Dental Surgery Aftercare

If you undergo laser surgery, recovery is prompt. However, your dentist will still provide aftercare instructions to ensure post-surgery ease.

For example, if you’ve had extractions, your dentist will talk to you about gauze to stop any blood flow—this typically ceases after a few hours.

We also suggest not chewing on a surgical site for a specific amount of time, usually a day. In addition, of course, you should never eat or drink hot foods if your mouth is anesthetized to avoid burns. We also suggest not smoking for the first 24 to 48 hours as it slows healing and can create a painful dry socket at the extraction site.

Based on your specific surgery, your dentist will provide individual aftercare instructions just for you.

Are You Considering Dental Surgery in Brentwood, TN?

Whether you need dental surgery or are opting for elective treatment, we invite you to contact our experienced team today. We are always happy to offer comfortable and innovative procedures to our patients and help them achieve their best and healthiest smiles.

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