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Oral Surgery in Katy, TX
At Cinco Ranch Smiles & Braces, we do everything we can to keep your dental care in one convenient location. Rather than referring you out to an oral surgeon, we strive to keep all of our oral surgeries in house. Whether you’re in for a simple tooth extraction or your need significant jaw reconstruction, we’ve got you covered. Schedule your consultation with our professional team today!
This oral procedure is used to smooth or reshape your jawbone where you are missing teeth. Typically, an alveoloplasty is performed before having additional dental work done. In most cases, this procedure is necessary to facilitate proper healing after having an extraction or in preparation for dental implants or dentures. Steps of an alveoloplasty include:
- Applying the preferred method of anesthesia
- Closing the surrounding gum tissue
- Making an incision to provide access to the bone
- Reshaping and smoothing the bone
Bone grafting is especially helpful for patients seeking dental implants. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone and fused with the bone itself. For those with insufficient jawbone density, bone grafting may be performed. This procedure involves harvesting a section of a bone from another area in the body and placing it into the jawbone to promote new growth. Reasons for a bone graft include:
- Ensure a smooth recovery after an extraction
- Prepare for dental implants
- Saving a natural tooth
- Treat severe gum disease
Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Removal
Here, we perform simple tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removals alike. Our team will go to great lengths to ensure you fully understand your treatment plan beforehand and you’re comfortable throughout the duration of your appointment. Once your surgery is complete, we will provide you with complete aftercare instructions and any necessary pain medication. We recommend taking two to three days off of work or school for sufficient recovery time.
Family Dental FAQ
What is a tooth extraction?
Although permanent teeth are meant to last, sometimes extractions are necessary for various reasons. When teeth are damaged, crowded, or a risk for infection, an extraction might be the best solution. Tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth.
Another type of extraction would be the wisdom tooth removal. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can grow in sideways, causing pressure and pain on the other teeth. When the third molars grow in sideways, having the tooth removed is typically the best solution.
If you have any questions, or feel you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, call our office today!
Is a Tooth Extraction Painful?
During a tooth extraction, we provide a gentle sedative to help ease you during the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off, it is normal to experience some pain for the couple days following. Our team will sit down and talk to you about the best pain management for you and talk with you about any concerns you may have.
What Should I Expect After the Extraction?
After your appointment, we recommend that you have someone to drive you home due to the lingering effects of the anesthesia. The healing process lasts for a few days after the procedure, so we also advise that you take two to three days off from work and school to heal. Stick with soft foods, like soups and ice cream, to avoid chewing. Also, avoid using a straw for the days following to avoid any complications.