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Oral Surgery is a specialty in dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck. It involves : tooth extractions, dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, apicoectomy, TMJ disorder, facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, anesthesia and bone grafts. Many procedures done in a dental office are considered oral surgery and patients that require such procedures are booked for the procedure.
Before you have oral surgery, you may want to consider preparing yourself. For examples,
* Consult with your doctor if you have a medical condition before the procedure
* Consult with your dentist to find out if you will require any medications before or after the procedure. Discuss any concerns about the procedure and your dentist will be happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have.
* If your type of oral surgery requires local anesthetic, have a meal 1 to 2 hours before your oral surgery. Do not smoke at least 12 hours before your oral surgery and not permitted for a minimum 24 hours after oral surgery.
* Your diet after oral surgery is typically consists of soft food that require little to no chewing. Try to avoid food that is spicy or acidic, as this may irritate the gum tissue. you need vitamins and higher nutritional food during your recovery. Do not use a straw to drink, especially after a tooth extraction. Sucking on a straw can cause a very painful condition.
Recovery should be your number one concern after oral surgery. Always follow post operative instruction provided by your dentist, to prevent any risk of infection or trauma to the surgical site. Follow these general guidelines after oral surgery for rapid recovery and optimum healing.
* Slight bleeding may be noticed for up to 24 hours after surgery, it is normal. Bite down the gauze with firm pressure for one hour. You should remove the gauze gently. If you continue to have bleeding in the surgical area, contact your dentist. They may instruct you to bite on a moist tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea has been shown to reduce bleeding and assist with clotting.
* Swelling is a normal response after various types of surgery. Keep your head elevated with pillows as mentioned above. You may use an ice pack on the outside of your face for the first 24 hours after oral surgery. Swelling is usually completely gone within 7 to 10 days after oral surgery. If you have any concer and swelling has not reduced after 7 to 10 days, contact your dentist.
* Pain after oral surgery varies depending on the extent of the procedure. Your dentist will prescribe any necessary pain medication. Follow the instructions for your medication carefully. If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, always take all of the medication prescribed to you.
* Rest for at least two days after oral surgery. Physical activity is no recommended for 2 to 3 days after your surgery.
* Spitting should be avoided for 24 hours. Brush gently and floss if able to open wide enough. Lightly rinse your mouth with water, avoiding mouthwash. Let the water fall out of your mouth on its own. After 24 hours, consider rinsing with a saline or salt water solution. This will naturally help keep the surgical site clean, aiding in the healing process. Prepare your saline solution by placing one tablespoon of salt in one cup of warm water. Do not swallow the saline solution. Repeat this as necessary throughout the day. If you have had an extraction, do not attempt to remove anything from the tooth hole but rinsing lightly will dislodge any food particles from the site.
* Do not smoke for at least 24 hours after oral surgery. Smoking delays healing, and may cause a very painful infection called a dry socket. If you have had an extraction, the pieces from the tobacco may enter the extraction site, causing pain and discomfort in the tooth hole.
Fixed dentures in dentistry is a technique used to restore teeth. Fixed prosthodontics can be used to restore single or multiple teeth, spanning areas where teeth have been lost. In general, the main advantages of fixed prosthodontics when compared to direct restorations is the superior strength when used in large restorations, and the ability to create an aesthetic looking tooth. Principles used to determine the appropriate restoration involves consideration of the materials to be used, extent of tooth destruction, orientation and location of tooth, and condition of neighboring teeth.
A crown is used to cover a tooth. Traditionally, the teeth to be crowned are prepared by a dentist, and dental impressions are given to a dental laboratory to construct the prosthesis. There are many different methods of crown fabrication, each using a different material.
Fixed partial dentures are used to span an edentulous area (space where teeth are missing), usually by connecting to fixed restorations on adjacent teeth. The teeth used to support the bridge are called abutments. The part of the bridge which replaces a missing tooth and attaches to the abutments is known as a "pontic." For multiple missing teeth, some cases may have several pontics. A bridge may also refer to a single-piece multiple unit fixed partial denture (numerous single-unit crowns either cast or fused together).