Oral Surgery Specialist

Cascadia Dental Specialists

Endodontists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Bellevue, WA

Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed or an abscessed tooth extracted, it’s likely you will have oral surgery at some point in your life. When you do, it’s important you get that surgery in a comfortable environment with dentists who have the expertise you can trust. Cascadia Dental Specialists is the premier place to receive oral surgery in the Bellevue, Washington, area.

Oral Surgery

What conditions can oral surgery treat?

When your wisdom teeth are causing the rest of your mouth to become misaligned, they must be extracted surgically. Osseous surgery and grafting are both surgical means of treating receding bones and gums. Treatments such as ridge augmentation, and a sinus lift can add bone to your jaw if you have lost teeth due to decay or periodontal disease. Oral surgery can also be done for cosmetic reasons, including to place a dental implant (a tooth that looks and functions the same as the one you’ve lost).

How should I prepare for oral surgery?

Before you get oral surgery, it’s important that you schedule a ride to and from the office. You will not be able to operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia. Taking a cab or the bus is not permitted.///

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Before you go into surgery, you’ll need to remove any dentures, contacts, or jewelry. It's also recommended that you don’t use alcohol 24 hours before your appointment or take aspirin for a full week before surgery unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Because smoking can seriously hinder the healing process, you should discontinue smoking two weeks for two weeks after oral surgery.

Stock your home with soft foods like pudding, yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, mashed bananas, cooked pasta, liquid supplements, and instant breakfast, as you will be unable to chew hard foods until your first postoperative visit. During this time, you should avoid hot fluids.

What can I expect after oral surgery?

After a surgical procedure, occasionally; you may experience some symptoms, including swelling, discomfort, and bleeding. By the fourth day, swelling should go down. Usually, people who have undergone oral surgery feel the most discomfort as soon as the anesthetic wears off, but this will lessen over time.

After surgery, you should:

  • Avoid spitting
  • Not smoke
  • Not drink from straws
  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Not apply heat to the face

Make sure you take all of the prescribed medications as directed. If you believe you might need oral surgery, contact Cascadia Dental Specialists today.