Oral Surgery & Tooth Extractions in Sharon, MA
Surgical Solutions to Your Oral Health Issues
When people think of surgery, oftentimes they imagine an operating table in a hospital. However, surgery can also be performed in the dentist’s chair by a skilled oral surgeon. Oral surgery is a specialty offered by Dr. Agamov to help enhance and maintain your oral health. If the idea of surgery scares you, rest assured that with the right tools, we can make you feel comfortable while enhancing your smile at the same time.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is a broad term that refers to surgical procedures that are performed on any part of your oral structure, including your teeth, jaw, and gums. Oral surgery is often performed for patients who suffer from dental disease, acquired injuries to their mouth, or have cosmetic defects. This broad definition means oral surgery can refer to many different procedures, including:
- Dental implants
- Bone grafting and sinus lifts
- Tooth extractions
Dental implants are considered oral surgery, because they involve attaching restorations to titanium posts, which are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Dental implants are often the most recommended option, because they look and act like real teeth. Implants are versatile, with our restorations being available in the form of crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
Bone grafting and sinus lifts are oral surgeries which are often performed as supplemental procedures. These procedures can improve your candidacy for dental implants and increase the success rate of your procedure. What’s more, these procedures can also be performed to address bone loss (resorption) caused by tooth loss and gum disease — improving your oral health at the same time.
An oral biopsy is an oral surgery used to help your dentist diagnose oral diseases. During an oral biopsy, your dentist removes a small amount of tissue from inside of your mouth. This tissue is studied and examined under a microscope to detect abnormalities and disease. An oral biopsy can help your dentist treat certain oral diseases early to prevent further complications that would require more invasive treatment.
Tooth extraction refers to oral surgeries performed for the purpose of removing teeth from your mouth. Simple tooth extraction involves removing teeth without making incisions into the gum tissues. While oral surgery does refer to tooth extractions, it’s important to note that a simple tooth extraction isn’t normally called an oral surgery. Surgical tooth extraction requires incisions to be made in the gums to properly access all parts of the tooth for extraction.
It’s normal not to not want to consider the idea of an extraction, because our teeth are valuable and are often costly to replace. However, there are certain cases where extraction is simply the best option. You may need to have one or more teeth extracted if one of the following applies to you:
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons patients seek oral surgery. Wisdom teeth are referred to as the third molars and usually erupt between the age of 17 to 25.
Wisdom teeth used to compensate for the excessive wear and tear caused by the rough diet of early humans. However, diets today tend to be soft and refined, and the structure of human mouths has developed in a way that often lacks room for these unnecessary molars. As a result, if wisdom teeth do develop, there may not be enough room for them to fully erupt, leading to impaction.
Impaction means that your teeth either erupt improperly or don’t erupt at all. While other teeth can become impacted, this scenario is especially problematic for wisdom teeth. The lack of room makes them prone to growing in at awkward angles. In fact, it’s not uncommon for wisdom teeth to grow-in completely sideways!
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of serious issues that necessitate oral surgery, including:
- Crowding, damage, or decay in adjacent teeth
- Tooth infection
- Persistent pain and sensitivity
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Bad breath
Fortunately, wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced after extraction. In fact, provided that they’re detected soon enough, having your wisdom teeth extracted can be massively beneficial to your oral health.
Another reason patients may need to undergo a tooth extraction is due to there being irreparable damage to one or more of their teeth. While damaged teeth can sometimes be repaired with a filling, sometimes the trauma can be too great. A tooth that is severely damaged is susceptible to infection and misalignment, which can go on to negatively affect the rest of your smile.
Certain oral diseases such as tooth infection, gum disease, and oral cancer can all contribute to the degradation and even the death of your natural teeth. When a tooth is too infected or dies in your mouth, it often has to be removed to protect the health and structural integrity of the rest of your smile.
While losing teeth isn’t pleasant, pulling a problematic tooth may help save you time, money, and discomfort by potentially preventing the need for more costly restorations and invasive procedures later on. If you suspect you have any of the listed problems, please call our Sharon office as soon as possible by dialing (781) 236-3586.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Before going forward with tooth extraction, you’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Agamov. Your dentist will examine your mouth, which includes X-rays, review your medical history, and ask about your smile goals. Your dentist will go through your options and help you make the right decision for your mouth. She can also offer sedation dentistry as an option if you feel like you’ll need help relaxing during your extraction.
To prepare you for extraction, we’ll have you rinse your mouth out to clear it of any debris. Then, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb you to any pain and help you feel comfortable. We’ll make sure your anesthetic, as well as any sedative you may have chosen, are both working properly before we proceed.
For simple tooth extraction, Dr. Agamov will use special tools to grasp, loosen, and extract the tooth from its socket. For surgical tooth extraction, your dentist will make an incision into your gums to fully expose every portion of the tooth, making it easier to remove.
After a tooth extraction, you’ll need to take special care and be extremely attentive to ensure proper healing. We will make sure you know the correct way to care for your mouth after a tooth extraction. Common guidelines your dentists will want you to follow include the following:
- Attend follow-up exams.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication to control pain and discomfort.
- Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed.
- Gently rinse your mouth using one teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8oz of warm water, or an antimicrobial mouthwash three to four times a day and after you eat.
- Avoid vigorous rinsing, spitting, and sucking on straws for the first 72 hours after your procedure. This can dislodge the blood clot and impede healing.
- Don’t touch the surgical site when you brush and floss.
- Avoid foods and drinks that can irritate your mouth, including items that are spicy, hot, and caffeinated.
Frequently Asked Questions
The exact cost of your oral surgery will depend on several factors, including the kind of oral surgery you require, the extent of your oral health issues, and your insurance. Your dentist and our team encourage you to call your provider beforehand and ask them which costs they can cover. To help you cover your procedure, we also offer financing options, including third-party financing with CareCredit.
The level of discomfort can vary between different oral surgeries. However, Dr. Agamov and our team prioritize the comfort of our patients, so rest assured that we’ll use anesthetic as needed. We also offer sedation to help you feel relaxed if you experience dental anxiety and we won’t hesitate to answer any questions you may have. Your dentist and our skilled team will take every step to help you feel calm and comfortable as soon as you walk through our doors.
Please wait until after your anesthetic has fully worn off before eating, especially items that are hot. Otherwise, you risk damaging your lips, mouth, and tongue. Depending on the type of oral surgery you underwent, you may have to avoid certain foods and drinks. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a list of foods and drinks that you can have after your oral surgery.
Learn About Our Gentle Oral Surgery Options, Call Today!
At our Sharon office, Dr. Agamov and our experienced team take a gentle, individualized approach to oral surgery and tooth extraction. That way, you have nothing to fear when you visit our office.
To learn more about our oral surgery options, call us at (781) 236-3586. You can also submit one of our contact forms and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Your dentist participates in continuing education to help her patients meet their goals and is accepting patients from Sharon and its surrounding areas, including Stoughton, Foxborough, and Canton.