Oral Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is commonly referred to as oral surgery and sometimes dentoalveolar surgery. Oral surgeries include any surgical procedures associated with the teeth, soft tissues, or jaws—from wisdom teeth removal to cleft palate repair.

Oral Surgery in New Albany, IN

At Netter Family Dental in New Albany, IN, our Oral Surgery services are designed to address a range of complex dental issues with precision and care. Our experienced team offers specialized procedures, including implant dentistry, dental bone grafting, and tooth extractions. These treatments are ideal for patients looking to resolve problems such as missing teeth, bone loss in the jaw, or impacted wisdom teeth. We understand that oral surgery can be daunting, which is why we offer sedation dentistry options to ensure your comfort and ease throughout the procedure. At Netter Family Dental, we are committed to restoring your oral health and enhancing your smile with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Trust us to provide expert care tailored to your unique dental needs.

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  • How long does oral surgery take?

    The duration of oral surgery can vary widely depending on the specific procedure being performed. Simple extractions may take as little as 20 to 40 minutes, while more complex surgeries like implant placements or bone grafting could last several hours. At Netter Family Dental, we will provide you with a detailed estimate of the time your specific surgery is expected to take during your consultation, ensuring that you are fully informed and can plan accordingly. Our priority is to perform each surgery efficiently while focusing on quality care and comfort.

  • How long does it take to recover from an oral surgery?

    Recovery time from oral surgery can vary depending on the type and complexity of the procedure performed. Generally, minor surgeries such as tooth extractions may require a few days to a week for initial healing, while more involved procedures like implant dentistry or bone grafting might take several weeks to a few months for full recovery. It’s important to follow post-operative care instructions closely, including managing swelling, taking prescribed medications, and adhering to dietary guidelines. Rest and minimizing strenuous activity can also aid in a smoother recovery. At Netter Family Dental, we provide detailed care instructions and support to help ensure a safe and efficient healing process.

  • What are some tips to help with recovery after an oral surgery?

    After undergoing oral surgery, it’s important to follow a few key tips to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery:

    1. Rest: Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately after surgery, as rest is crucial for healing. Avoid any strenuous exercise for at least 24 to 48 hours.
    2. Ice the Area: To reduce swelling, apply ice packs to the cheek near the surgical site. Use the ice intermittently — 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off — for the first 24 hours.
    3. Eat Soft Foods: Start with liquids and soft foods like yogurt, soup, and applesauce. Gradually reintroduce solid foods as your recovery progresses.
    4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, but avoid using a straw, as the suction can disrupt the surgical site.
    5. Follow Oral Hygiene Carefully: Keep your mouth clean to prevent infection. You may be advised to gently rinse with warm salt water after meals and before bed. Avoid brushing directly on the surgical site for a few days, but continue to clean the rest of your mouth.
    6. Take Prescribed Medications: If prescribed, take antibiotics to prevent infection and pain relievers to manage discomfort as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
    7. Avoid Smoking: Smoking can significantly slow healing and should be avoided following surgery.

    By adhering to these guidelines, you can help ensure a complication-free recovery. Always follow the specific instructions given by your oral surgeon or dental team. If you experience unusual pain, swelling, or signs of infection, contact your dental office immediately.

  • What foods should you eat after an oral surgery?

    After oral surgery, choose soft, easy-to-chew foods to aid healing. Recommended options include warm soups, smoothies, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, applesauce, yogurt, and soft-cooked oatmeal. Avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, as well as spicy and acidic items that can irritate the surgery site. Always follow your dentist’s specific dietary and post-operative care instructions.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about oral surgery schedule an appointment or contact our office, and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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