Dental Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)

A - Some people think that Dental Surgery is merely an operation to the mouth or teeth, but Dental Surgery actually involves dental procedures and treatments to correct tooth development and alignment (dentition), missing teeth, jaw irregularities, damage from injury or disease, and also facial reconstructions. Another way that Dental Surgery is described is as a “modification to dentition”.

A - After qualifying as General Dentists, dentists go on to learn the  Dental Surgery procedures for their expertise, such as Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, and Periodontics. There are some professionals who choose a focus on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, tooth or wisdom tooth extraction, or Cosmetic Surgery.

A - After a diagnosis is provided to you by our resident dentist who has examined your mouth and teeth using diagnostic procedures, you will be given a recommendation for treatment that may or may not involve Dental Surgery depending on your oral health condition.

People who have damaged teeth from decay or gum disease sometimes need Endodontic root canal treatment to disinfect the tooth roots before further dental treatment is given. Sometimes people are born with conditions that can cause deformity to the jaw, gum contours, and teeth alignment that may be severe and require surgery. In other cases, surgery is needed to to injury by accident, in contact sports, or such as when children are playing.

Cosmetic Surgery is provided to those who choose to have Dental Surgery to improve their facial appearance and smile.

A - Opting not to have Dental Surgery even though it is recommended due to your diagnosis is a personal choice, however not having Dental Surgery when needed can cause deterioration to oral and dental health that then can impact overall health and well being.

If there are dentition abnormalities, such as to tooth alignment, this can cause rapid plaque buildup and decay that can escalate into gum disease where teeth can rot and fall out. Jaw and teeth irregularities can also affect what people choose to eat, their diet and nutritional levels. And speech pronunciation can make it hard for some to communicate meaning to others in a clear manner.

For some, the jaw and facial irregularity can affect their smiles and how they are perceived. Leaving damaged teeth, misaligned teeth, missing teeth, and smiles you are not happy with because of the slant to your jaw and face can severely affect confidence. Dental Surgery can not only give you better oral hygiene and health by treating infection, but also promote your self-esteem that can improve your relationships and life opportunities.

A - The treatments involving Dental Surgery usually fall into the following categories: Endodontic; Prosthodontic; Orthodontic; Periodontic; Oral and Maxillofacial; Wisdom or Tooth Extraction; and Cosmetic Surgery.

Endodontic treatments cover surgeries to the tooth root or pulp (Pulptomy or Pulpectomy) as part of root canal therapy. Either the pulp of the inner tooth is totally removed due to infection, or it is drained before root canal treatment. If there is pain in the apex of the tooth due to gingivitis, then an Apicoectomy is performed to remove the diseased tissue through the gum. During root canal treatment the tooth root is disinfected or entire removed before further dental procedures are performed, such as dental implants. These surgeries are designed to protect the inner tooth root chambers and tissues from damage and disease.

Prosthodontic treatment involves the fitting of veneers, crowns or caps, implants, bridges, dentures, or a combination. An Endodontic treatment, such as root canal therapy, may precede a Prosthodontic procedure. These surgeries are aimed at diagnosing, treating, and restoring oral functions, relief, and look to those with missing or damaged teeth and conditions affecting maxillofacial tissues.

Orthodontic treatment can cover anything from tooth extraction, to procedures restoring tooth fibers (Fiberotomy), bone structure (Apiectomy), and implants where the bone structure is also  treated. Orthodontics focuses on treating improper bite (malocclusion), misaligned teeth, and  irregularities to the jaw and tooth structure.

Periodontics is professional oral cleaning, such as tooth scaling, debridement to remove tartar, and polishing. Often teeth cleaning is required before other dental procedures and surgeries are performed. These types of surgeries are to support tooth structure and prevent oral diseases such as gingivitis.

A - Either a general or local anaesthetic will be provided for full pain-free treatment, depending on patient-specific diagnosis and preference. Anaesthetics work on the alveolar nerves to reduce sensory transmission for the duration of the surgery so that no pain is felt. There are anaesthetic options that our resident dentist will explain to you, and also sedative options if needed for greater relaxation before and during treatment.

A – Treating misaligned teeth is important because straightening teeth and correcting bite makes cleaning teeth easier, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum or priodontal diseases. Malocclusion places pressure on the facial muscles, jaws and teeth that can cause tooth breakage or structural deformities that affect facial appearance and expression. This can cause people to lack confidence or avoid smiling.

Not only can malocclusion impact speech pronunciation for communications but can also cause chewing discomfort that impacts diet choices and nutrition levels. Malocclusion, therefore affects dental, physical and mental health, and should be corrected for overall patient care.

A - If you feel anxiety at the thought of seeing a dentist, being examined or receiving dental treatment, our resident dentist can also help you identify the underlying causes of your fears and provide you with relaxation options so that you receive the anxiety-reducing and dental treatment that you need.

Do not let dental phobia prevent you from better oral and overall health because the phobia can escalate impacting your mental health that affects confidence and opportunities in life. Not receiving the treatment you need can result in tooth decay and gum diseases that may also cause hypertension and heart disease.

A - There is risk associated with all kinds of treatments whether medical or dental. Our resident dentist will discuss any potential risks with you at diagnosis stage, and you have choices for your treatments.

It is also important to disclose your medical history to our resident dentist, and take care to include all medications that you take. This is vital because it can affect the type of anaesthetic administered and also the oral treatment procedures recommended to you.

A - The manner in which the Dental Surgery is performed, depends on the type of treatment recommended to you after diagnosis. The procedures differ whether for Endodontic, Orthodontic, Prosthodontic, Periodontic, or Cosmetic. Our resident dentist can explain any of these procedures to you at your examination. Feel free too, to bring any questions that you have that our resident dentist will happily answer for you.

A - The preparation for Dental Surgery will depend on the type of surgery that is recommended for you. Our resident dentist will give you clear instructions both in person and in writing on how to prepare for your specific Dental Surgery. If you have any questions, you can ask at your examination or phone our surgery to make sure.

In general, preparation for dental surgery will involve providing dental and medical records to the dental practice, discussing pricing plans and financial payment options, arranging transportation from the practice for after surgery, letting your employer know if you are going to have time off, and also considering food intake for before and after treatment. Usually it is not recommended to eat for approximately six to twelve hours before surgery. You may need to buy soft foods ahead for the recovery phase from surgery when your teeth and gums may feel sensitive to touch.

A - After the surgery is completed, you are provided a comfortable setting in which to sit while the anaesthetic wears off. The person you have arranged to collect you will be contacted so that you can safely be taken home.

Our resident dentist will have provided you with after-care instructions, any prescriptions for painkillers if necessary, and also what foods to eat and those to avoid. You will also be advised on how to take care of your teeth and mouth while you are recovering to normal oral health. An appointment will also be given to you for your next visit to check on how you are progressing after the surgery.

A - The costs of Dental Surgery depend entirely on the dental practice, the types of dental treatments required from diagnosis, and on your general medical and oral health. Costs may also differ according to the country in which you receive treatment.

Our resident dentist will discuss surgery and treatment options with you, the pricing structures, and also the payment or financial plans available. Insurance companies also cover Dental Surgery, and it is advised to discuss their terms and conditions with them before surgery.

A - The costs of Dental Surgery depend entirely on the dental practice, the types of dental treatments required from diagnosis, and on your general medical and oral health. Costs may also differ according to the country in which you receive treatment.

Our resident dentist will discuss surgery and treatment options with you, the pricing structures, and also the payment or financial plans available. Insurance companies also cover Dental Surgery, and it is advised to discuss their terms and conditions with them before surgery.

A - The alternatives in Dental Surgery depend on the type of surgery you need and treatment. There are bio-compatible materials that can be used and these can be discussed with our resident dentist. However, when surgery is needed, then surgery is what will have to be provided, unless you choose not to have surgery at all which is also an alternative but not always recommended. You do have choices, for the procedures, such as the type of anaesthetic and sedative options used, and all these will be explained to you by our resident dentist when you are provided recommendations for treatment.