Options for Oral Surgery in Savage, MN

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Oral Surgery

Many people hear the word “surgery” and immediately assume the worst. In general, oral “surgery” simply means a procedure that involves cutting away tissue in the body. Under this definition, oral surgery can range from major and complicated procedures to very minor procedures, such as the removal of a wisdom tooth.

Nearly all patients are candidates for oral surgery at one time or another. At Cherrywood Dental Care, there is nothing we love more than watching our patients discover a brilliant new smile. Please contact our staff to see if oral surgery is right for you. Our clinic is proud to provide the comprehensive care you need to improve your dental health and is committed to returning even the most damaged mouths back to full health.

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Types of Oral Surgery

There are a variety of procedures that can be considered oral surgery. At Cherrywood Dental, we offer a wide range of these type of procedures, including the following.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

While wisdom teeth aren’t always a major oral health concern, they can quickly become one. For this reason, it is not uncommon for dentists to suggest proactive intervention in removal of your wisdom teeth. The average age for developing wisdom teeth ranges from 17-25. As they begin forming, your dentist will make a decision whether or not it is appropriate to have them removed. In certain cases, extraction of wisdom teeth can be a more complicated and potentially painful procedure. In these cases, your dentist may recommend a general anesthesia or IV sedation drip.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a common dental procedure, and are used to fill in the gap where a tooth is missing. This is done by installing a titanium rod into the jawbone, which is then attached to a false tooth with an abutment. This procedure is only possible if the jawbone is strong enough to support the implant. If it is not, other options—such as a dental bridge—will need to be considered.

Tooth replacement is extremely important. If a patient goes too long with a gap caused by a missing tooth, they open themselves up to a variety of different oral health risks. These include:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Migration
  • Bone Loss in the Jaw

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, speak with your dentist about different replacement options—such as dental implants.

Gum Surgery

If you are struggling with common gum diseases, such as periodontitis or gingivitis, your dentist may recommend periodontal surgery, or “gum surgery” as it is commonly referred to. There are several types of interventions your dentist may recommend, including:

  • Pocket Reduction
  • Crown lengthening
  • Regeneration
  • Soft tissue graft

After gum surgery, it is important that you talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about best practices in cleaning the teeth and gum tissues.

Dental Bone Grafting

A dental bone graft is a procedure that occurs when a tooth or teeth have been missing for an extended period of time. When this occurs, there is a greater risk for the jawbone to experience deterioration. If this area is left untreated for too long, bone loss occurs. Depending upon when intervention happens, it might be possible to replace the bone tissue that has been lost with a dental bone graft. If the bone graft is minor, it can be done during the same procedure in which the implants are added.

While in many cases bone grafting is unnecessary for tooth implants, there are cases where this will be your best option.

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Caring for Your Teeth Post Oral Surgery

Post-operative care will vary depending upon what type of procedure you have, but it is critical that you take the necessary precautions and maintenance to heal as quickly and effectively as possible.

In general, it is a good idea to avoid vigorous mouth rinsing or touching the wound following your surgery, as doing so may cause bleeding to occur. To help alleviate any lasting pain, be sure to continue taking your prescribed medication at the recommended doses. If swelling is an issue, ice packs can be used to help reduce the swelling. It is also a good idea to generally restrict your activities following surgery until you begin to feel back to normal, which can take up to 7-10 days.

Once you have recovered from the general surgery, it is important to continue practicing good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily and continue scheduling dentist appointments every six months. If you continue to take good care of your teeth, your teeth will continue to take good care of you

Associated Costs

Like most dental procedures, what is covered by your insurance depends on your individual insurance plan, as well as what type of procedure you decide to have done. Still, most insurance plans cover oral surgery procedures. Keep in mind that your insurance plan may not cover 100% of the costs, so be prepared to pay some of the costs out of pocket. If you do not currently have dental coverage or would like to discuss payment options, please contact our staff to see what opportunities may be available.

High Quality Care You Can Trust

Undergoing any dental procedure can be a nerve wracking experience, but finding a dentist that understands your needs can make all the difference in the world. At Cherrywood Dental, we are committed to providing you with top notch care using state-of-the art technology. If you would like to meet our team, take a tour of our facilities, or discuss oral surgery procedures with our knowledgeable staff, please let us know. Our team is here to ensure that all your dental needs are met.

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Having oral surgery can significantly impact and improve the lives of those with damaged teeth. Scheduling an appointment for oral surgery is the first step towards being confident in your smile once again. We are here to help you begin your journey towards the perfect smile! Please contact us to set up an appointment for oral surgery at (952) 440-9303.

At Cherrywood Dental, we are passionate about your smile and committed to providing you with the quality care you need!