Oral Surgery

Our team is equipped and experienced to handle most oral surgical cases ranging from complicated impacted wisdom teeth to simple pediatric extractions. One of the important factors in successful surgery is patient management—before, during, and after the procedure has been completed. Another key to successful treatment is data collection, including an exam, obtaining a medical history, and x-rays, which allows the dentist to properly diagnose and treatment plan. In almost all cases where surgery is necessary, we strongly recommend the use of a prescribed oral sedative, which is taken about an hour prior to the appointment. This makes the whole experience much more comfortable and relaxing for the patient, especially for those who tend be more anxious about the treatment. Its important to note that if sedatives are used prior to treatment, the patient must be driven to and from their appointment. Although the majority of our patients do well with oral sedatives, we do offer intravenous (IV) general anesthesia with a specialist who will come to the office on the day of the appointment.

​Reasons for tooth extraction include, but are not limited to: extensive decay, extensive loss of tooth structure, orthodontic space requirements, pediatric teeth that are interfering with normal adult dentition, severe periodontitis, fractured teeth or impacted wisdom teeth. In all cases, we strive to carry out the treatment with minimally invasive techniques and without unnecessary damage to the oral tissues, ensuring optimal outcomes for healing and preservation. With patients who need multiple extractions due to severe decay and periodontitis, we recommend a thorough cleaning prior to surgery along with an antibiotic regimen, in order to decrease the oral bacterial load and chance for infection. Part of the pre-surgical treatment planning involves replacement of the teeth after they have been removed. If dental implants are desired, they may be placed immediately after the tooth has been extracted or at a later date. Either way, it is important that the bone be preserved, warranting the need for bone grafting.

If your oral surgery requires a soft food diet, here are some tips from our registered dietitian on getting enough nutrients:

  • Blended yogurt or kefir with fresh or frozen fruit for a nourishing breakfast smoothie. Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed for fiber, a scoop of protein powder, or even a handful of raw spinach to boost nutrients further!
  • Try making a pureed vegetable soup. They are satisfying, easy to make, and very nutritious. For convenience, make different varieties ahead of time and then freeze them in sealed containers for later use. Recipes are easy to find online, so try to find your favorites, like curried butternut squash, leek and potato vichyssoise, creamy white bean and cauliflower, or even a chilled gazpacho or fresh pea soup.
  • If the weather is warm, a refreshing tomato and vegetable juice is a nutritious between-meal snack.
  • Other soft foods to eat include scrambled eggs, poached fish, ripe avocado, cream of wheat or oat bran, cottage and ricotta cheese, tofu, creamed spinach and other pureed vegetables, and stewed fruits.
  • If a soft food diet will be long term, make an appointment with our registered dietitian, who can help design an appropriate meal plan for your recovery.