What to Expect During an Oral Surgery Consultation
Has your dentist recommended oral surgery?
Whether you need wisdom tooth extraction, reconstructive jaw surgery, dental implants or another type of oral and maxillofacial surgery, your first consultation sets you on the path toward restoring your smile.
If you’ve never seen an oral surgeon before, you might appreciate knowing what to expect when you come in for a consultation with Dr. Maxfield or Dr. Partridge.
Review of Your Medical History and Health Conditions
The oral surgeon needs to know everything about your health status to plan your treatment and to avoid potential risks and oral surgery complications.
To that end, you’ll be asked for a comprehensive medical history, including information about health problems, drug allergies, past surgeries and previous adverse reactions to anesthesia. In addition, you’ll need to provide a list of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take.
During your oral surgery consultation, our treatment team will request details about your oral health problems. Your dentist probably sent over a referral, but the oral surgeon will ask for clarification on your specific symptoms and their duration.
Visual Examination and Imaging Tests
Next comes the examination. The oral surgeon will visually inspect your teeth, gums and jaw to get a better idea of the scope of your problems.
Imaging tests may also be ordered or completed at this time. X-rays and CT scans provide clear pictures of the bones, teeth and soft tissues in your mouth and jaw. These images can be used to create detailed, three-dimensional pictures for help in planning and performing any oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures you may require.
The surgery team may also need a dental impression of one or both of your jaws. You may be asked to bite down on a soft material or a special mouth tray for a few minutes to create a detailed cast of your mouth.
Discussion of Your Oral Surgery Treatment Plan
After the examination and imaging tests are complete, the surgeon will design an appropriate treatment plan. Then you’ll sit down with the oral surgeon learn the details about your upcoming procedure, including how to prepare and what to expect during recovery.
You’ll also be presented with options for sedation. Complex procedures may require general anesthesia, but for most procedures, you can choose the method of anesthesia you prefer.
At the end of the oral surgery consultation, you will have a chance to ask any questions you may have. That way, you can feel comfortable and confident about your upcoming procedure.
The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah looks forward to helping you restore your bright, healthy smile. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your oral surgery consultation.
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