Just the idea of oral surgery is enough to make a lot of people squeamish. However, sooner or later, most of us will require dental work performed by an oral surgeon.
Kilby Family Dentistry, serving families and patients in Valdosta, GA, understand the apprehension many people have regarding dental services. However, oral surgery is sometimes necessary, and it can help people repair both their oral health and their overall health.
An oral surgeon is a doctor in dentistry. Therefore, the surgeon has had four years in dental school and has spent at least four years practicing in a hospital surgical residency program. As such, they are well-trained and highly qualified to handle complex and challenging oral surgeries.
Oral surgeons typically treat conditions that are beyond the scope and training of most ordinary dentists. Procedures they often handle include:
- Dental implants
- Restorative facial surgery
- Fractured jaws
- Wisdom teeth extraction
- Broken teeth
- Oral cancers
- Diseases that affect the mouth, gums, teeth, jaw, or tongue
In most instances, a person visits an oral surgeon only after receiving a recommendation from their family dentist. That’s one reason it’s always good to see your dental practitioner regularly. If you need to see an oral surgeon for a dental emergency, you’ll be able to get a quick referral from your family dentist. Otherwise, you might have to visit an emergency room.
Many people believe oral surgery is painful and risky. However, dental anesthesia has a proven track record when it comes to both patient safety and pain management.
Kilby Family Dentistry provides a full range of dental services, including oral surgery, dental implants, teeth whitening, and cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about dental care or to schedule a visit, you can call them at (229) 247-0200. You can also visit them online.