Oral Surgery Instruments

This informative YouTube video created by Anders Nattestad explains in detail the different types of oral surgery instruments. You will learn what a typical setup for surgery is and how each instrument is used.  If you have thought about becoming an oral surgeon or are in school now to become one, this video about oral surgery instruments may be very helpful to you. Check it out!

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

wisdom teeth surgeryWisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in and are often removed because they can cause crowding in your mouth and misalignment of your current smile.  They can also cause pain or infection if they are impacted. If you have been told that you need your wisdom teeth removed, or if you need any kind of oral surgery, there are some things that you should know so that you can be prepared.

  • Ask questions before the procedure day. Don’t wait until the day of surgery to ask questions that you may have.  It’s a big decision and you want to be informed.  You may want to ask what kinds of anesthesia will be used.  What is involved in the procedure?  How many teeth will be removed and if there are any risks.
  • Organize transportation. Wisdom teeth surgery is an outpatient procedure.  If you receive anesthesia you will need someone to drive you when you leave.
  • Plan on fasting. Your dentist or surgeon will give you strict instructions on fasting before the surgery.  It will most likely be six to twelve hours before the surgery time. Ask your dentist if you are allowed to drink water.
  • Get your recovery materials ready.  After surgery you will want ice packs, liquids and a comfortable place for resting.  You will need to plan on eating very soft foods for a few days. Your dentist will give you information on what foods you should stay away from.

How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery|Tribeca Smiles

Ways To Prevent Jaw Injuries

jaw injuriesJaw injuries are more common than you might think. Any number of factors such as falls, car accidents, sports injuries or a fight can all injure the jaw. If the jaw is seriously injured, it may be necessary to have surgery.

Your jaw injury may not be from some kind of trauma.  If you grind your teeth or suffer from TMJ disorder, you may need to have jaw surgery as well. An oral surgeon should be involved in planning any portion of treatment for your jaw.

There are some ways you can prevent jaw injuries in order to avoid surgery.  Use your jaw only for chewing food.  Don’t try to open bottles or bite into non food objects.  Wear a mouth guard if you play sports. Keep your house free of tripping hazards to prevent falls. In order to prevent teeth grinding, explore steps to manage your stress such as meditation or exercise.

When Is Jaw Surgery Necessary?|Ora Surgery

Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

wisdom teethIf your dentist has recommended that you have your wisdom teeth out, you may be wondering if it truly is necessary. There are different reasons to have your wisdom teeth removed, but if you are told that the wisdom teeth won’t be able to erupt, there are some negative effects of leaving them there.

If only a portion of the tooth erupts through the gums, the tissue in that area can’t make the seal around the tooth that is necessary.  This can lead to infection not just in your mouth, but in other areas of your body too.

Another reason to have your wisdom teeth taken out is that teeth that are not being used are not as healthy as the ones that are. This is because when we bite on foods, the tops of our teeth get scraped which actually makes it harder for bacteria to stick to them.  Sometimes wisdom teeth are pointing the wrong direction or sunken in too far to get connection with the food we eat, so these teeth do not serve a purpose.

All of our teeth have different shapes and sizes that help them work together.  If a tooth is there that is not working with the rest of the teeth, it can fail to benefit the rest of your mouth and may even cause infection or pain in other areas of the mouth.

Some people may want to wait it out and see if the tooth will erupt or wait until it causes pain or discomfort.  But consider this: Most people encounter bone loss in their jaw over time and sometimes elderly patients that never had their wisdom teeth removed will suddenly have one come through.  They wish they would have addressed them in their youth. Also, infected wisdom teeth might not hurt at first, or may feel better after a while.  But eventually they will get worse again and could be cause for an emergency room visit.

Lastly, removing the wisdom teeth while they are still small will allow for a much more pleasant recovery. The key to a healthy mouth is prevention and often wisdom teeth just aren’t meant to be there.

Do I Really Need My Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?|DG Dentistry

How Blood Thinners Affect Oral Surgery

Daily aspirin regimens and the use of blood thinners have helped to improve and prolong the life for many people. People who15918850-doctor-ready have undergone advanced surgical procedures, like heart surgery and vessel repair are often put on blood thinners. If you are someone that has or needs oral surgery for one reason or another, you may want to know how being on the blood thinners will affect this surgery. Oral surgeons find themselves in positions where they have to work around bleeding concerns and bleeding tendencies.  Because of advanced techniques and technology, they are able to perform many procedures without the patient going off their medications.

Some of the things an oral surgeon will do to minimize bleeding during the surgery are first to clean out infection at extraction sites more thoroughly. They will control bleeding points with proper surgical training and instrumentation.   There are also medications and material that they can use at the surgical sites which promote clotting for proper healing.

Treating Patients On Blood Thinners | Jaw Doc