Oral Surgery Northridge
Oral surgery is a dental specialty that may be needed when conservative measures have been tried and failed, or when they are simply not appropriate for treating specific issues. Knowing what to expect can help you feel more confident, and being prepared for your recuperation can help you enjoy a speedier recovery. In most cases, oral surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Our Northridge oral surgery expert can help you decide if oral surgery is right for you.
Our Northridge oral surgeon may recommend oral surgery in the following situations:
• Your wisdom teeth are impacted or are threatening the health or spacing of your other teeth.
• You have badly decayed or damaged teeth.
• You are suffering from advanced periodontal disease.
• You have lost bone or gum tissue and are a candidate for grafting or regenerative procedures.
• You are a candidate for dental implants.
Surgery may be needed to address other dental diseases or trauma, as well.
Northridge Oral Surgery
Before your procedure, our expert in oral surgery in Northridge will take dental X-rays and other images to prepare your treatment plan. We will take a complete health and dental history and ask you about any medications and supplements you take. Please mention not just prescription and over-the-counter medications, but also vitamins, minerals, and herbs so that we can take all necessary precautions for your health. You may need to stop taking some of these a few days before your appointment and during your recovery period to reduce the risk of complications, such as excess bleeding, or drug interactions with any medications you are prescribed after your surgery.
After your procedure, our oral surgeon in Northridge will give you detailed aftercare instructions. These will help reduce your risk of complications, such as dry socket. You may need to eat a soft diet for a few days, or longer as needed. You may also need to avoid hard or crunchy foods, which could irritate your gums or and sockets. Do not smoke, as the activity can delay healing, increase the risk of complication after extractions or root canal therapy, and can increase the risk of infection.
Call us today to learn more about oral surgery or to schedule your consultation with our Northridge dentist.
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