When there are no other reasonable options left to take, extractions are typically the acceptable route of treatment. Here at Kneib Dentistry, we can provide dental extractions (inclusive of wisdom teeth), as well as various other oral surgical procedures. After we have already looked at every option to attempt to salvage and/or restore a tooth, the last resort is to extract the tooth.
To ensure the best possible outcome, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Reach out today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kneib in Erie, PA.
There are many reasons you might be in a position to need oral surgery that range from typical to critical in nature. While some types of oral surgery are quite routine (such as wisdom teeth extraction, or a tongue or lip tie release), others may be more serious and require advanced oral surgery techniques such as the use of the DEKA laser.
As with any other surgical procedure, dental surgery may be nerve-wracking. To help reduce anxiety, learn more about what you can expect during and after surgery.
During your procedure, Dr. Kneib will numb the area with local anesthesia. Depending on the type of oral surgery, the dentist may advise that you be put under general anesthesia (aka unconscious sedation). You may also receive additional sedatives to help you relax if requested.
While Dr. Kneib works, you should feel comfortable. Occasionally, you may experience pressure or what feels like "pulling," but this should not be painful, per se.
After surgery, your mouth may require up to six weeks to fully heal. To reduce pain and swelling during this time, opt for over-the-counter pain medications (unless otherwise advised by your dentist) and cool compresses.
In addition to traditional oral surgery, Kneib Dentistry in Erie, PA also offers laser surgery. Performed with the state-of-the-art DEKA laser, the dentist is able to work within a highly specific area of soft tissue without consequential damage to neighboring areas. Additionally, this type of surgical procedure has been known to minimize pain and reduce healing times.
For more information, or to find out if you're an ideal candidate for laser dental surgery, read on, or get in touch with our team.
What are the different types of oral surgery a patient would get?
There are many types of oral surgeries that patients would get for a variety of reasons. Some common surgeries are:
What causes a tooth to be unsalvageable (what teeth need to be extracted)?
Teeth that are afflicted with periodontal disease, severe decay, and those that are impacted are all candidates for removal. Otherwise, most teeth can either receive treatment — such as root canals or gum disease treatment — or be fitted for a crown. Removal is a last-resort procedure for severely compromised and unhealthy teeth.
If you have a tooth (or teeth) that you believe need to be removed, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
How does a CO2 laser work for oral surgery?
The surgical laser emits infrared wavelengths that gently burn away and remove tissue. The controlled temperature seals up the nerve endings without additional sutures or charring the tissue. CO2 lasers are efficient for oral surgery and much less painful than traditional techniques using a scalpel.
What are the benefits of laser dental surgery?
The benefits of laser dental surgery include a faster healing time, less discomfort, and minimal bleeding. There is often no need for anesthesia. The laser beam also sterilizes the wound and helps blood clots form faster. The versatility of laser dental surgery makes cosmetic dental procedures, such as adjusting a gummy smile, more accessible and straightforward.
How long does it take for your mouth to heal after laser surgery?
It can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for your mouth to fully heal after laser surgery. In the meantime, try to be gentle on your teeth and eat soft foods low in acidity, reduce your activity, and follow the instructions given to you by your dentist. Don't be alarmed if there is a little bleeding or soreness, but if it persists or gets worse, be sure to book a follow-up appointment.