If you have an upcoming dental surgery and you're feeling a bit nervous, that's understandable. Having any sort of surgery does come with some risks, and having someone operate on your mouth really does require that you trust them. If you're the kind of person who feels confident when you know what to expect, then this article is for you. Here are some facts about dental surgery that should reassure you and help you feel more confident about the upcoming procedure.
Dental surgery does not usually involve large incisions.
Almost all dental surgeries are performed through the mouth. Your dentist can generally make a small incision in your gums and do what they need to do. It would be very rare for them to have to make an incision in your face or neck, and if they needed to do this, they would tell you well in advance. Because the incisions are in your mouth, they heal well. There's a lot of circulation in your mouth and the tissues stay moist, which speeds healing.
Dental surgery can generally be done with a local anesthetic.
Some people are put fully under for dental surgery, but this isn't that common and is usually only done if the patient requests it. If you are hesitant to go under anesthesia, you don't have to. Almost all dental surgeries can be done with a local or regional anesthetic that numbs your mouth but leaves you awake. Your dentist can also give you a sedative that helps relax you so you're less aware of what's going on. This way, you don't have to worry about waking up from anesthesia or dealing with side effects, like nausea.
You can often eat sooner than you think.
Most people, when they go in for dental surgery, are worried about how long it will be before they can eat. You will need to stick to soft foods for a few days or so, but most people are surprised how quickly they'll be able to eat again. Dentists often encourage you to start eating again sooner rather than later since the action of chewing can help with healing. Things like soft pasta, yogurt, soup, and ice cream aren't too hard on your mouth.
Dental surgery can be a little scary, but it's not as horrible as you might be imagining. Consider the information above, and don't hesitate to contact your dental surgeon if you still have concerns.Share
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