When a tooth is beyond saving, oral surgery is often required to safely extract it. At his Hayward, California, office, Dr. Kevin Fong regularly performs oral surgery to extract damaged teeth. In most cases, he offers an initial consultation to assess your situation prior to oral surgery, but in rare cases, he performs same-day oral surgery. He always maintains post-operative visits to monitor patient progress closely. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about oral surgery.
Oral surgery refers to surgical procedures to address oral disease and a variety of issues with your teeth, mouth, and gums. Most commonly, oral surgery means tooth extractions.
Dr. Fong only performs oral surgery for a tooth extraction when it’s deemed necessary, meaning when a tooth is beyond saving or is harming other teeth.
Reasons for a tooth extraction might include:
Wisdom teeth — third molars that come in during your early adult years — that are impacted or erupted usually require surgical extraction.
Impacted or erupted wisdom teeth come in without enough room to develop normally behind your second molars. They often cause painful symptoms and create pockets where plaque and tartar accumulate.
In cases of severe decay, teeth sometimes reach a point where they’re beyond saving or restorative intervention, often making extraction the best treatment option.
Root fractures or trauma to teeth can also necessitate a tooth extraction.
Part of certain orthodontic treatment plans may call for removing a tooth to decrease crowding and make room for a dental appliance.
Oral surgery typically involves an initial consultation for Dr. Fong to assess the viability of an extraction, then creating a plan for the surgical procedure. However, in the event of dental emergencies — such as when a tooth has been injured — same day-extractions are available.
Extractions typically involve local anesthesia.
During simpler extractions, Dr. Fong loosens your tooth with an instrument called an elevator, then removes it with a forceps.
For more complex surgical extractions like wisdom tooth removals, Dr. Fong makes a small incision in your gum line to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth or to extract the tooth in sections.
Yes, when Dr. Fong performs oral surgery, it’s perfectly safe. However, as is the case with any medical procedure, there are potential complications and risks, including:
Most side effects subside quickly on their own and Dr. Fong often prescribes pain medication to help alleviate any post-operative discomfort.
More serious complications are very rare. If you experience nausea, sore throat, or drowsiness for more than a day, let Dr. Fong know right away.
To learn more about oral surgery, call or schedule an initial consultation online today.