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Oral Surgery - What is oral and maxillofacial surgery?
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Oral surgery involves treating teeth and tissues of the mouth. Although the "s" word might make you nervous, not all oral surgery procedures are that intensive. For example, tooth extractions are a form of oral maxillofacial surgery, but they often take just minutes, usually require just a local anesthesia and are oftentimes performed right in your general dentist's office. Other common types of oral and maxillofacial surgery include gum reshaping (to even out a gummy smile), dental implants (to replace missing teeth) and jaw surgery (to smooth the jawbone after an extraction). Oral surgery today is also much more advanced; laser technologies make procedures more comfortable, more precise and less time-consuming.

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Q: Which oral surgery procedures use lasers?
A: Many types of oral maxillofacial surgery procedures use dental lasers to improve patient comfort and reduce post-op swelling and recovery time. Some examples of oral surgery in which dental lasers are used include crown lengthening, gum reshaping, lesion removal, gingivectomies, frenectomies and apicoectomies.

Q: Will I need to go under for oral surgery?
A: It depends on the type of oral and maxillofacial surgery you need and your level of comfort. For an oral maxillofacial surgery procedure such as an alveoplasty (a type of jaw surgery), you may only need local anesthesia; however, some people may prefer IV dental sedation or general anesthesia.

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