Oral Surgery

Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants

General Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Sierra Vista, AZ

At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Kent Hales, DDS, has decades of experience performing oral surgery and completes procedures in the comfort of their offices. Every member of your family can access state-of-the-art oral surgery treatment without having to make separate appointments at a specialist’s office. For comprehensive oral surgery services from a caring, friendly team, call Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, or book online today.

Oral Surgery Q&A

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When would I need oral surgery?

You may need oral surgery to address a variety of dental issues. The experienced team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants provides outstanding surgical care right in their office, so you don’t have to see a separate specialist who doesn’t know your oral health history. 

The oral surgery services available at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants include:

  • Root canals
  • Bone grafting
  • Extracting teeth because of overcrowding
  • Extracting impacted wisdom teeth
  • Installing dental implants
  • Preparing your mouth for dentures and other restorative dental procedures
  • Treating snoring and sleep apnea issues

Oral surgery aims to correct dental problems while maintaining the health of your teeth and gums and improving your overall health and wellness.

How long does it take to recover after oral surgery?

Everyone is unique, and recovery after oral surgery often depends on the type of procedure you’re having done, as well as your overall health. 

If you have a tooth extracted or your wisdom teeth removed, for example, you can expect some swelling and minor bleeding in the first 24 hours after surgery. The team at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants explains your procedure and what to expect before, during, and after so you can feel comfortable going into it.

Since the amount of pain you might experience can also depend on the type of procedure you have, you may receive a prescription for pain medication to help you stay comfortable as you heal from oral surgery. The team also provides you with any necessary instructions on how to care for your mouth after your dental surgery. In most cases, as long as you follow instructions and rest for a day or so, you can resume normal activities about 48 hours following oral surgery.

How do I care for my teeth after oral surgery?

Your Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants provider may recommend that you avoid brushing the treated area of your mouth immediately following surgery. You’ll also want to avoid vigorous rinsing and spitting for the first 24 hours after your appointment. You can rinse your mouth gently with water, but not mouthwash unless your dentist instructs otherwise.

As you heal, you’ll be able to brush gently and return to your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. It’s a good idea to stop smoking to help prevent complications from your surgery, but you should avoid tobacco use for the first 24 hours, or longer if indicated by your dentist, as smoking can delay healing and cause painful infections in your mouth.

For comprehensive oral surgery services, call Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, or request an appointment online.