Oral Surgery Specialist

Pemberton Dental Associates

General Dentistry located in Lawrence, MA

Oral surgery can reposition the jaw, treat a complication, or prepare you for long-lasting restorations. Frank Varinos, DMD, offers a range of oral surgery options to serve various purposes at Pemberton Dental Associates in Lawrence, Massachusetts. For expert oral surgery, call Pemberton Dental Associates or book your consultation online today.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery involves more invasive care than non-surgical dental procedures like fillings or crowns. There are many surgeries that treat or repair areas around the mouth and jaw, and Pemberton Dental Associates performs many of them safely after careful planning. 

If you need oral surgery for any reason, your dentist at Pemberton Dental Associates goes over all of its benefits with you and describes how it improves your oral health or functioning. The planning stage for your oral surgery may involve X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, or other high-tech imaging procedures. 

Almost all oral surgeries require some form of anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs a single area while keeping you awake, while IV sedation puts you into a state where you’re minimally aware of your surroundings. Your dentist goes over your options with you in advance of your oral surgery. 

Which type of oral surgery do I need?

Pemberton Dental Associates has the tools to provide various oral surgeries to meet a wide range of patient needs and care preferences. A few oral surgeries that dental patients of all ages need for various reasons include:

  • Surgical tooth extractions, including for impacted wisdom teeth
  • Dental implant placement
  • Gum grafting
  • Tooth and jaw repair after an injury
  • Root canals
  • Surgeries to treat obstructive sleep apnea

Many of these surgeries share similar recovery processes, but your dentist gives you specific details about how long your recovery takes and what you need to do. Recovery ranges from 48 hours to one whole month after oral surgery, depending on the type. 

How should I prepare for oral surgery?

Preparation for oral surgery can be moderately simple or complex depending on the type of surgery you need and the type of anesthesia. You might have to take some time off work and prepare your home so that you have the supplies you need on hand and accessible. 

After working with your dentist to get the imaging tests you need ahead of oral surgery, they may ask you to:

  • Arrange a ride to your appointment and back home
  • Clean your living space ahead of time
  • Fast for 8-10 hours before surgery
  • Stop taking certain medications, like blood thinners
  • Stop smoking for two weeks

You should also stock your kitchen with soft foods to eat at room temperature after surgery. For some time, you need to avoid solid, sticky, or chewy foods as you recover from oral surgery. 

If you need oral surgery for any reason, call Pemberton Dental Associates to start planning or book your consultation online today.