Access Dental

Oral Surgery

Family & General Dentistry located in Olympia, WA
Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery services offered in Olympia, WA

Modern dentistry offers a number of advanced treatment options, and oral surgery is a great example. The team of skilled dentists at Access Dental in Olympia, Washington, offers a range of oral surgery options to meet a wide range of needs. Schedule an appointment today either online or over the phone.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a term used to refer to any procedure that requires incisions or alteration of your teeth, gums, bone, or other oral tissues. Many people need some form of oral surgery at one point or another. 

Some of the issues that create a need for oral surgery include:

  • Advanced dental decay
  • Traumatic injury
  • Dental damage caused by certain medical conditions or treatments
  • Bone loss
  • Periodontal (gum) disease

If you learn you need oral surgery, don’t feel overwhelmed or anxious. Today’s oral surgery tools and techniques are far beyond what was available in decades past, and procedures are painless and effective.

What are some examples of oral surgery?

Many different procedures fall under the umbrella of oral surgery. Some examples include:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Certain periodontal treatments
  • Bone grafting
  • Wisdom teeth extractions
    • * If a tooth is overly impacted for extraction we may need to refer patients out for sedation purposes. Docter will make an evaluation upon oral examination. 

These are just a few of the different types of oral surgery. If your dentist feels you need one of these procedures, expect a thorough explanation of all alternatives and an overview of the procedure and recovery process. 

How can I ease my recovery process after oral surgery?

The most important step you can take to support the recovery process is to follow all of the post-procedure instructions your dentist provides. Giving your body the care it needs as it moves through the healing process is essential. 

If your dentist prescribes antibiotics, take those medications exactly as directed. Antibiotics reduce your risk of infection. 

If you smoke, finding a way to quit for good can substantially ease the healing process. Smoking affects your circulation, which plays a critical role in healing. Ending the habit can do great things for your oral and overall health. 

You should also pay close attention to your nutrition as you prepare for your oral surgery procedure. Consuming plenty of fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats gives your body the fuel needed to heal. Staying properly hydrated is also important. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about oral surgery, call Access Dental to schedule a consultation. Online appointment requests are available at your convenience as well.