When a dentist mentions “oral surgery,” many patients begin to panic. The patient may be thinking that there is something seriously wrong with them that they are going to be undergoing a dangerous, painful, and expensive procedure.
The truth is, however, that many oral surgery procedures are commonplace and address conditions that many people experience, such as impacted wisdom teeth, sleep apnea or tooth loss. While every case is different, many of these procedures are completed on an outpatient basis, and patients can resume work or normal activities within a few days.
What is Oral Surgery?
The specialty of Oral Surgery deals with the diagnosis and management of pathology of the mouth and jaws that requires surgical intervention. Oral Surgery involves the treatment of children, adolescents and adults, and the management of dentally anxious and medically complex patients.