Do you have partially impacted wisdom teeth that are causing you pain and other symptoms? Do you have badly broken teeth that cannot be removed by normal extraction? Dr Danka can solve your problem by performing minor oral surgeries that have a positive impact on your overall oral health and quality of life.

What is Oral Surgery?

Minor oral surgeries are procedures performed on your teeth, jaws, gums, or any other oral and surrounding facial structures. These procedures are performed by dental specialists like Dr Danka and include teeth extractions, the removal of retained or buried roots and wisdom teeth, dental implants, and gum grafts.

Why would I need Minor Oral Surgery?

There are a number of reasons a person might need oral surgery. Dr Danka might recommend you have it if you have the following:

  • Badly broken teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Loose teeth
  • Oral cancer
  • Missing teeth
  • Bone loss in your jaw

What are the different types of oral surgery?

The most common type of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Others include periodontal (gum) surgery, and dental implants.

Tooth extraction

Dr Danka might recommend tooth extraction if you have severe tooth decay or gum disease. You may also need surgery if you have complications with your wisdom teeth or if you need extractions to prepare you for dentures, orthodontic treatment or implants.

Periodontal surgery

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that may require your gum tissue to be repositioned and sutured into place. Periodontitis can sometimes cause gum recession which will require a gum graft.

Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into your jaw to replace the roots of your missing teeth. When your implants are fully healed, they are restored with an abutment and a dental crown

What happens before oral surgery?

Dr Danka will perform a comprehensive evaluation. This will include checking your teeth, gums, jaw, and the surrounding structures. Dental scans and x-rays will be taken so that the doctor can have a clearer view of your teeth, nerves and jawbone. He will then use the information he has gathered to come up with a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.

What happens during oral surgery?

In most cases, minor oral surgery is performed in the doctor’s dental offices as an outpatient procedure using local anaesthesia to prevent pain. Some cases may be performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital.

In the case of a surgical tooth extraction, Dr Danka will numb the tooth and gum tissue. He will then make a small incision in your gum in order to remove the underlying tooth.

During dental implant surgery, the titanium screw will be surgically fused to your jawbone. When you have healed, a second surgery will be done to attach the abutment to the screw.

Periodontal surgery involves making small cuts in your gum which will then be lifted to remove bacteria and tartar build-up. Your gums will then be sutured back. This will allow the tissue to fit firmly around your teeth.

How long does oral surgery take?

The length of your surgery depends on several factors. These include:

  1. The type of oral surgery you are having – a single tooth extraction could take up to 30 minutes whereas a procedure like periodontal surgery takes up to 2 hours.
  2. How many teeth are being treated – when having multiple teeth extracted, each additional tooth will take up another 3-15 minutes.
  3. Whether or not you choose sedation and the type you choose – you will feel the effects of nitrous oxide in 3-5 minutes whereas oral conscious sedation is given about an hour before the procedure.

What happens after minor oral surgery and what are the risks?

Dr Danka will give you detailed aftercare instructions which will need to be followed closely. This will reduce your risk of getting an infection, bleeding or other complications. You can expect a certain amount of discomfort and pain following your procedure so the doctor will recommend a pain killer or prescribe one for you. As with any type of surgery, there are risks. These include:

  1. Infection
  2. Sinus problems
  3. Damage to your adjacent teeth
  4. Facial swelling
  5. Persistent bleeding
  6. Dry socket. This is when the blood clotting process is disturbed.
  7. Root fragments

You can minimise these risks by following the guidelines the doctor gave you as well as taking the medications he prescribed.

What are the benefits of oral surgery?

Oral surgery addresses the actual underlying problem and prevents significant, long-term damage. Successful outcomes can positively affect the self-image and self-esteem of patients.

When should I consult with Dr Danka?

You should set up an appointment with the doctor should you experience jaw, tooth, or gum pain. Warning signs and symptoms such as bleeding gums, toothache, loose or shifting teeth, and facial swelling should be treated promptly. Dr Danka makes use of modern surgical technologies to provide you with the most advanced oral health care possible.

Oral surgery is designed to restore the health of your teeth and gums and improve your quality of life. Dr Danka upholds the highest dental standards by using only the highest quality materials. He is passionate about maintaining and promoting good oral health. Should you or someone you know require his services in Linden, set up an appointment today and let him get to work restoring your self-confidence and brightening your smile.