Oral Surgery in San Antonio
Have you experienced a serious dental emergency or injury recently? When complex conditions such as impacted third molars, severe trauma, or tumors of the mouth require specialized treatment, knowing your needs are being taken care of by a highly-qualified and experienced professional can help make all the difference.
At San Antonio Oral Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Wert and his talented team are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health once more with first-rate oral surgery procedures.
If any aspect of your smile, head, and jaw requires advanced care, our compassionate team is here for you. Contact our San Antonio oral surgery office to schedule your comprehensive consultation today.
Our Available Oral Surgery Procedures
Maxillofacial surgery, more commonly referred to as oral surgery, focuses on the treatment of many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws as well as the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.
Oral surgery is essential to address any conditions or complications that can impact the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas mentioned above.
Our comprehensive oral surgery treatments include:
Your treatment may consist of one or more surgical appointments, depending on the complexities of your situation.
It will take less than two hours for most of these procedures. To reduce the risk of infection, sterile equipment is used. With a local anesthetic or oral sedation, we can improve your comfort during the surgery.
Throughout the operation, your safety is our top priority. You can start oral surgery once you are comfortable and your mouth is fully prepared.
When Treatment with Oral Surgery is Necessary
Oral surgery procedures may be necessary for a wide variety of reasons. These can often involve:
Dental implants – These titanium posts are tooth root replacements placed in the jawbone. Artificial teeth are then attached to the root replacement. Dental implants are a highly-favorable and reliable option for one tooth, several teeth, or even all your teeth to be replaced.
Impacted Teeth Removal – If teeth do not emerge as they are supposed to emerge from the gums, they can cause problems such as crowding, infections or diseased tissue. With simple tooth extraction, however, this can be fixed.
Your dentist or our oral surgeon will monitor your mouth and recommend removing any misaligned or crowded teeth to preserve your mouth's complete integrity.
Wisdom teeth removal – Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are removed very commonly because many jaws are not large enough to fit them. If they don't grow properly, they can cause other teeth to become infected, swell, and shift.
Misaligned jaw growth – It can cause difficulty eating, breathing, talking or swallowing if your upper or lower jaw does not grow properly. Oral surgery can create a more balanced and functional jaw structure in even extreme cases.
Apicoectomy – An apicoectomy's purpose is to eliminate inflamed soft tissue infection that has developed around the root of a tooth to ultimately preserve the tooth's function while saving it from extraction. Unless a prior root canal treatment has failed, the dentist will rarely consider an apicoectomy.
Crown Lengthening - Crown lengthening can be used to correct a "gummy" smile, where excess gum tissue covers the teeth. By reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue, this procedure exposes more of the natural tooth. This treatment can be done on a single tooth, many teeth or the whole line of the gum.
Facial infections – A face, neck or jaw infection may require an oral surgeon to drain the infected area and remove any teeth that may cause or affect the infection.
Facial injury repair – An oral surgeon may perform surgery to repair broken bones in the face and ensure that the break does not result in surrounding teeth being infected or damaged.
TMJ Disorders – TMD can have a significant impact on your oral health as it impairs the ability to enjoy smooth and comfortable oral function. TMD usually involves painful mouth opening or closing and chewing. Typical symptoms are facial pain and recurring headaches as well.
Snoring/sleep apnea – Sleep apnea is a common but severe disorder occurring while you are sleeping and temporarily blocking your airways. There are many types of surgery available for sleep apnea and snoring. If severe snoring or sleep apnea and other methods of treatment have been ineffective, your oral surgeon may perform surgery to correct these problems.
What Can an Oral Surgeon Do That My General Dentist Can’t?
An oral surgeon is a specialist in dentistry that quite often does a lot more emergency work than other dental professionals. A patient that suffers a car accident or athletic injury requires immediate attention. And an oral surgeon has the specific qualification to treat people in crisis situations.
This kind of specialist must know and treat a range of injuries and illnesses across four significant parts of the body: the neck, face, jaw, and mouth.
An oral surgeon is skilled in a variety of complex services such as:
- Removing diseased or impacted teeth
- Placing dental implants
- Treating facial trauma
- Removing soft tissues
- Evaluating pathology conditions
- Removing oral cysts & tumors
- Administration of anesthesia
Oral surgeons have to work on sensitive areas such as gums and hard structures such as jawbone and neck parts. Because of this, an oral surgeon has to understand all forms of dentistry, general medicine, and surgery.
How Does an Appointment with an Oral Surgeon Work?
In a lot of cases, many oral surgeries are situations of emergency. When that happens, you shouldn’t worry. Oral surgeons can treat almost any injury related to your mouth, neck, or jaw after nearly a decade of dental school and specialized training.
In non-emergency cases, you may be referred out to visit an oral surgeon depending on your specific needs for advanced, surgical dentistry. However, you can always contact an oral surgeon in your area to find out more.
If you have any further questions about oral surgery, or unsure if you require specialized treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our San Antonio oral surgery office!
7 Important Recovery Tips from Our Oral Surgeon
Although our team will provide you with the vital information needed to get ready for, and what to do after your surgery, those patients who take the time to prepare themselves, and their homes, for the period following are more likely to experience a quicker and smoother recovery.
Here are seven helpful tips from Dr. Wert on what you need to know about preparing for and recovering from oral surgery:
- Sleep with your head elevated for at least a few days.
- Take it as easy as possible
- Avoid any strenuous activity in the days following your surgery.
- Painkillers and/or antibiotics should be picked up beforehand, so they can be ready for you when you get home.
- Swelling and slight discomfort are inevitable but can be eased by cold compresses or a bag of frozen peas.
- Beginning 24 hours after your surgery, you can usually rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water.
- Brush and floss your teeth as usual after the first 24 hours.
Rest assured, the vast majority of patients undergoing oral surgery make a full recovery. After about two days, the pain and swelling should ease. If despite the prescribed medications, you still have pain, or if you bleed too much, contact our team immediately.
Call us if you experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle aches or other symptoms of a possible infection.
Time Considerations for Surgery and Recovery
Remember, the length of treatment and recovery depends on your need for oral surgery.
Wisdom tooth extraction typically takes less than two hours, while a dental implant can take months.
The first phase, in which our oral surgeon inserts the titanium post into the jaw, will probably take as long as the extraction of the wisdom tooth, but the post will take a while to fuse with the jawbone.
It may take about two weeks to recover from oral surgery such as wisdom tooth extraction or root canal therapy. Jaw surgery can take up to five hours, and healing can take about a month to a month and a half.
When You Need Advanced Care, Choose Our Experienced Oral Surgeon
Whatever your need for oral surgery, it’s essential to find a compassionate and qualified oral surgeon. Whether your dentist refers you to our office, you have pain or symptoms causing you concern, or you simply have questions you would like answered, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer your questions and provide the treatment you deserve.