Oral Surgery

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is performed by Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin to correct problems caused by disease, abnormal growth patterns or injury to the mouth, teeth and jaw.

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Reasons for oral surgery

Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin might recommend surgery for the following:

  • Biopsies of oral tissue
  • Correction of dental deformities
  • Extractions of teeth in preparation for braces or dentures
  • Facial trauma
  • Gum disease
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Removal of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Removal of tumors or cysts
  • Root Canals
  • TMJ disorders
  • Treatment of jaw disorders

What does oral surgery involve?

As with other types of surgery, patients undergoing oral surgery will receive local (topical) or general anesthesia to control pain and discomfort during and after the procedure. If you choose general anesthesia, you should be in good overall health before your surgery appointment.

Depending on the type of surgery, Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin will make an incision (cut) into one or more areas of gum tissue. Because they use the most advanced dental tools and technologies, they are able to keep the number and depth of incisions to a minimum, which decreases recovery time.

For hours or days afterward, your mouth may still be sensitive at the surgical site. This sensitivity will decrease as the inflammation diminishes and the tissues have healed.

You will be given care instructions after your surgery, including a list of foods to avoid for the first day or two and good oral hygiene practices during the recovery period and for the long term.