Safe, Comfortable Surgical Treatments
We understand that undergoing oral surgery can be intimidating. Dr. Pannenton and his team genuinely care about the health and happiness of each patient. That’s why we provide a comprehensive approach to all your oral surgery needs.
No matter if it’s simple or complex, Dr. Panneton has the necessary experience to provide a safe, comfortable, and effective procedure that’ll have you smiling again in no time.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery focuses on diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries, and defects that affect the teeth, gums, soft tissues, and other structures of the oral and maxillofacial areas.
How Surgical Treatments Help
With extensive knowledge and experience in oral surgical procedures, Dr. Panneton can:
- Provide safe sedation methods including local anesthesia
- Extract wisdom, impacted, damaged, or decayed teeth
- Replace one or more teeth
- Remove oral cysts and tumors
- Relieve jaw pain
How We Use Oral Surgery
There are a variety of dental issues that patients suffer from that can be corrected through the use of oral surgery treatment.
Facial and Jaw Trauma
If you’ve suffered trauma due to a car accident, sports injury, or any other circumstance, damage to the facial bones or teeth should be treated immediately. Leaving it untreated can lead to loss of dental function, jaw and bite irregularities, as well as complications with chewing, swallowing, speaking, and breathing.
Severely Impacted, Damaged, or Infected Teeth
Sometimes, the only effective solution for preserving your oral health is tooth extraction. A tooth extraction procedure can prevent infection from spreading to the surrounding teeth, gums, and throughout the rest of the body.
Periodontal Disease and Infection
Built-up plaque and bacteria embedded along and underneath the gums can lead to swelling and inflammation. In cases of advanced gum disease, we may need to remove soft tissues using specialized surgical techniques.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties. In most cases, the mouth doesn’t have enough room for the wisdom teeth and can cause overcrowding, misalignment, problems with the bite, and severe pain. We’ll often extract these extra sets of molars to avoid infection and decay.
Surgical implant placement consists of using new, artificial tooth roots that bring a strong and lasting foundation for your restoration. Dental implants are placed in the upper and lower jawbones, offering healthy stimulation that promotes natural bone growth.
Complications with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be painful and uncomfortable. It can also affect your oral health due to the impairment of your ability to chew, speak, and bite. TMJ is likely to cause aching when opening or closing the mouth, facial pain, and headaches. Panneton Dental Group offers oral appliances for treating TMJ disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your recovery period depends on several factors, such as the type of procedure you’ll undergo and your overall oral health. On average, patients typically need a few days to recover from oral surgery. During the first few days, your body will work on repairing the surgical site.
It’s recommended to avoid any heavy, strenuous activities that can put a strain on your body, as they can affect your recovery. Proper care and rest can ensure your recovery goes smoothly while minimizing your risk of infection.
After your oral surgery, it’s essential to rest and practice a consistent oral hygiene routine to protect your smile from possible infection. Dr. Panneton also recommends you to:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco
- Don’t spit, chew, or suck on a straw
- Stay hydrated throughout your recovery
- Stick to a liquid-based and soft foods diet
- Take medication as prescribed
If you continue to feel pain and discomfort on the surgical site, immediately call our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Panneton will assess your surgical site and provide the best course of action based on your unique dental needs.
Every surgery is different. That’s why Dr. Panneton will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and faster recovery time. Following your surgery, it’s recommended to stick to a diet of soft foods. Avoid eating hot, spicy, hard, and crunchy food, it can set your recovery back.
Here are the foods you can eat during your recovery:
- Mashed potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Blended soups