The prospect of oral surgery is daunting for many patients much the same as any surgical procedure would be. However, in most cases, oral surgery is a treatment option that is both safe and necessary for a wide range of conditions. While patients who receive oral surgery may have their initial consultations with a general dentist, the surgery itself will most likely be performed by someone with dual registration in both the field of dentistry and as a medical practitioner.
As is the case with other surgeries, a general anaesthetic will generally be administered to render the patient unconscious throughout the duration of the procedure. This is just one of the ways that discomfort, while dependent on the type of operation performed, will be kept from exceeding tolerable, manageable levels. While oral surgery may sound disconcerting, in reality, there are many strategies in place to ensure minimal distress on the patient’s end.
ORAL SURGERY PROCEDURE
Whether it’s surgically realigning the jaw or simply removing wisdom teeth, similarities exist across all oral surgeries. Regardless of the procedure, oral surgery is in most cases used only as a last resort. Due to this, an oral surgeon will be correcting only those aspects for which non-invasive treatments proved, or are likely to prove ineffective or in some cases non-existent.
If a patient does find themselves at odds with a proposed treatment, a dentist or oral surgeon is equipped to discuss with them a number of things which will hopefully leave the patient feeling at ease. Firstly, due to the specialised nature of oral surgery, your oral surgeon will be able to tell you the exact purpose of the operation, what it will achieve, and any risk factors involved. It is important that a patient raises any concerns they have with their dentist or surgeon to ensure any decision made is centred around the advice received from dental health professionals.
When do you need surgery?
As oral surgery is generally the last line of treatment and a patient may not be recommended surgery until other avenues are exhausted. However, there are a number of conditions for which oral surgery is necessary, most notably, in the removal of wisdom teeth. Some forms of tooth loss, unequal jaw growth and infections may also require surgical intervention. In all of these cases, your dentist or doctor will recommend when surgery is necessary and can explain to you why this is the best option.
This is yet another reason why it’s important to schedule regular check-ups and to see a dentist upon discovering abnormalities or experiencing discomfort around the jaw or mouth. Should a patient require surgical intervention due to these symptoms, or some other underlying condition, a dentist will be able to inform them without the problem progressing any further. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell whether or not someone needs surgery without the opinion of a dental health professional. Oral surgery in Melbourne is a common occurrence, and should it be required, patients should feel assured they’re in safe hands.
Why Choose Us?
Our dentists provide the highest standard of cosmetic dentistry to the Melbourne area. We ensure that our professionals are trained to consistent levels of proficiency across all procedures that we offer, so whether the reason for your visit is to receive dental fillings or to begin the process of the application of teeth veneers, you can rest assured knowing that your dental health is in safe hands. With competitive prices and a customer-centric service, we strive to ensure all our customers leave satisfied, be it their first endeavour into the world of cosmetic dentistry, or the latest in a series of procedures all designed to leave you with that brighter smile.