Oral Surgery Procedures:
Both Typical and Advanced

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. 

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Reasons You Might Need Oral Surgery

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.

You may need oral surgery if: 

  • You have one or more impacted teeth
  • You suffer from periodontal disease
  • There is severe decay in one or more teeth
  • One or more of your teeth have been broken in an accident
  • You are a good candidate for dental implants
  • Your dentist says there are no other reasonable paths to take to save the tooth

What to Expect During and After Dental Oral Surgery

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.

Laser Dental Surgery Options

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.

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Oral Surgery FAQs

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 extraction, crown lengthenings, and muscle detachment for lip and tongue ties.

While crown lengthening surgeries are more for cosmetic purposes, extraction and tongue/lip tie detachments have medical and overall oral health justifications.

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