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About Oral Surgery

What Is Oral Surgery?

The oral and maxillofacial area refers the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. An oral surgeon is a doctor who has received specialized training to perform a broad scope of treatments and surgical procedures of the oral and maxillofacial area. Oral surgery refers to any surgical treatment of the oral and maxillofacial region.

At Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we treat a broad scope of oral and maxillofacial conditions and offer a wide range of services, such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, full-arch restoration, facial trauma, oral pathology, and more.

Hear patients speak about the care they received at our Grove City, OH, practice.

Why choose an oral surgeon?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon receives years of training and education to become experts at the diagnosis, treatment, and complex structures of the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. All oral surgeons begin their career paths as dentists, earning a four-year Doctor of Dentistry degree. After that, they go on to a hospital-based residency program, which generally takes another four years to complete. During their time as residents, they become experts in their field as they receive specialized training in general surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. This also means that oral surgeons are qualified to safely administer all levels of sedation. Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers many anesthesia options to ensure the greatest comfort and safety for our patients.

Meet our oral surgeon, Dr. Smith.

When do you need oral surgery?

An oral surgeon is highly qualified to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the oral and maxillofacial area. Common procedures include dental implant placement, general tooth extraction, and wisdom teeth removal, but an oral surgeon is an expert at many different procedures and treatments, such as

Your health, safety, and comfort are a top priority at Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. Dr. Smith utilizes the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment at his state-of-the-art practice in Grove City, OH, and is passionate about improving the oral health of his patients and ensuring they receive the best of care.

To make an appointment with Dr. Smith, please call our office. A member of our team will be happy to schedule a first visit with our experienced oral surgeon.

Preparing for Oral Surgery

Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants are here for you throughout every step of your treatment. As we strive to provide the best of care for our patients while improving oral health outcomes, we believe that you as a patient are an integral part to your own care. We will go over your treatment plan in detail, which will include all instructions for your pre- and post-operative care. It is very important that you follow these recommendations to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome and minimize your risk of complications. Please follow your specific treatment instructions, including pre- and post-operative care guidelines, that your oral surgeon has provided as a part of your customized treatment plan. We have included our general pre- and post-operative instructions on our website. As you prepare for your upcoming oral surgery treatment, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Consultation

Your oral surgery treatment will begin with a consultation appointment with Dr. Smith. This first visit allows Dr. Smith to personally evaluate and diagnose your condition. He will then create a treatment plan designed to achieve your best oral health outcome. During your consultation, you will learn about your condition, receive your treatment plan, and discuss anesthesia options ahead of your procedure. You may also receive 3D scans at this appointment. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please ask! Your consultation appointment is an ideal time to address any issues with your oral surgeon.

Arrange Transportation

Located in Grove City, OH, Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants services the entire Columbus, OH, region. The oral surgery procedures that we perform at our state-of-the-art facility are considered outpatient procedures – which means that you will return to your home the same day as your procedure.

Anesthesia is commonly used for oral surgery procedures. If you receive anesthesia, you will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgical appointment, as well as monitor you at home for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

Pain Management

Some discomfort is to be expected after an oral surgery procedure. You may be prescribed pain medication or provided recommendations and instructions for over-the-counter medications to manage the pain. Picking up the medications you need in advance of your procedure is a good idea.

Preparing Your Home for Your Recovery

It is very important to take care of yourself following your oral surgery procedure to allow for optimal healing. Once you return home from your surgical appointment, having your personal recovery space already set up can allow you to feel comfortable right away. What brings comfort and relaxation to you is a personal choice, but many patients like setting up their bed. Your bed should be clean with expendable linens in case of stains and lots of pillows to support your head, neck, and back. Reading materials should be within reach, as well as any electronic devices, chargers, and remote controls. Having a refrigerator that is well-stocked with soft foods and plenty of liquids ensures you receive the right nutrition following your procedure and will save you a trip to the store later on. It is also a good idea to place a few ice packs in the freezer.

What to Expect During Recovery

Your personal recovery time will depend on factors such as the type of oral surgery received, current health condition, and lifestyle. Please follow the pre- and post-operative instructions as provided by your oral surgeon.

Most of the time, patients can expect a smooth recovery with few, if any, complications. It is normal to experience some pain and swelling, but it should ease within two to three days after the procedure. If you are in a significant amount of pain despite the use of pain medication, are bleeding excessively, or have any other questions or concerns during your recovery, please call our office so we can address your needs promptly.

Hear some of our patients share their personal oral surgery experience at Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center.