Oral Surgery FAQs

Oral Surgery FAQs
Posted on 01/16/2018

pasted image 0If your pediatric dentist or orthodontist has recommended your child get oral surgery, we can imagine that plenty of questions are rushing through your head right now. Surgery can seem like an extensive, scary procedure, and it makes sense if things feel a little overwhelming – but don't worry. At Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces, we help children all over the greater Austin, TX area develop beautiful, healthy smiles – and to help you feel more at ease, here are a few answers to some common questions about oral surgery

Pediatric Oral Surgery FAQ

What is tooth extraction like?

Contrary to what most people believe, tooth extraction is a fairly minor, routine procedure. It's performed under only local anesthesia and usually completed in a single dental appointment, and the recovery period is mild. Your dentist may prescribe you medication to handle discomfort, or they may simply recommend using over-the-counter painkillers. As for the procedure itself, most patients feel so little discomfort that they don't notice the tooth coming out and are surprised when the surgery is over!

Why would my child need oral surgery for a healthier smile?

In certain cases, such as when severe crowding is present, the best option for tooth alignment is to extract one or more teeth. Doing this creates more room in the dental arch, and we can then use orthodontic treatment to close any gaps and achieve an optimal tooth alignment. In cases where palatal expansion is either impossible or not enough, tooth extraction can be the best option for proper tooth alignment. 

What's the difference between local and general anesthesia?

General anesthesia refers to an anesthetic that renders a patient unconscious. In addition to blocking pain throughout the body, the anesthetic keeps the patient completely unconscious during the procedure so they don't feel a thing. General anesthesia is usually used for more extensive oral surgeries. 

Local anesthesia refers to an anesthetic that only affects a specific part of the body, in this case, the mouth. Local anesthesia is delivered using a syringe and numbs the region surrounding that area, allowing for a dentist to perform a localized surgery without the patient experiencing pain. 

In some cases, your oral surgeon may use a special combination of anesthetics that numbs the mouth and keeps the patient conscious but prevents the brain from forming memories. In these instances, the patient will be semi-conscious during the procedure, but won't feel any pain and won't have any memory of the procedure after the anesthetic wears off. This is a common method for wisdom teeth extractions.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Austin, TX Kids Oral Surgeon

At our practice, we strive to use the least invasive treatment method whenever possible – but in certain cases, oral surgery is the best option. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page if you have more questions about oral surgery, or if you feel your child might need oral surgery, just request a consultation with us online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child develop a gorgeous, healthy smile!

Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces

  • North Austin Office - 8716 Research Blvd., #125, Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 454-4646 Fax: (512) 419-0561
  • Central Austin Office - 1015 W. 34th St., Austin, TX 78705 Phone: (512) 206-2929 Fax: (512) 206-2920
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  • Belton Office - 412 Lake Rd., Belton, TX 76513 Phone: (254) 933-7760 Fax: (254) 933-7983
  • Circle C Office - 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 470C, Austin, TX 78749 Phone: (512) 288-1900
  • Dripping Springs Office - 2440 E. Hwy. 290, Building C, Suite B, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Phone: (512) 858-0232
  • Elgin Office - 250A Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, TX 78621 Phone: (512) 285-9868 Fax: (512) 933-7767
  • Killeen Office - 1103 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building B, Suite B-800, Killeen, TX 76549 Phone: (254) 519-1590 Fax: (254) 519-1570
  • Kyle Office - 575 E. Fm 150 Suite #P, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 268-3600 Fax: (512) 268-3607

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