Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Won is a dental specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, surgical and treatment of diseases, abnormalities and injuries in the teeth and jaws. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Won had an additional four to seven years of hospital-based surgical and medical training, which enabled him to perform a wide range of procedures including all types of surgery of both the bones and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and neck.
When would a patient see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
Conditions that may require a maxillofacial surgical consultation include:
- Referral from dentist
- Missing teeth or tooth pain
- Oral cancers
What should I expect on my first visit with Dr. Won?
Your initial consultation appointment will consist of a thorough examination and an explanation of your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Will I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. In some cases, there isn’t enough space for the wisdom teeth to erupt causing impaction and crowding of the other teeth. In these instances, it is more beneficial for patients to have them removed than to avoid severe dental crowding or infections of the gums.
What are the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?
Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth typically included pain and swelling of the gum line and lower face. If left untreated infection is possible, only intensifying the pain. Regular appointments with a dentist should identify problems with wisdom teeth before they become significant.
How long is the recovery after wisdom teeth removal?
The recovery time after wisdom teeth extraction will vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, it takes anywhere from a few days to one week for initial pain and swelling to subside. From there, the gums should be fully healed in about one month. Dr. Won will provide instructions to assure as quick of a recovery as possible. This will include tips for dealing with swelling and medications to alleviate any pain and discomfort.
What are dental implants?
After a tooth extraction, an oral surgeon may recommend a dental bridge or dental implant to fill the void left by the extracted tooth. Dental implants are superior to a dental bridge because they offer a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a normal tooth without damaging any of the other nearby teeth.
Does each of my missing teeth require an implant?
Each patient is different. Dr. Won evaluates each patient individually to determine the number of implants required to support the replacement teeth that will best fit the patient’s functional and aesthetic needs. Usually, it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an implant-retained denture supported by 2-4 implants. Back molars take most of the brunt of chewing. When they are missing, some clinicians recommend replacing them with individual implants.
How do dental implants preserve the bone they are attached to?
Dental implants serve as substitute natural tooth roots by stimulating the bone and preserving it. Since the bone forms a bond with the implant, a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function is provided, basically, the same as natural teeth provide. Bone deterioration is prevented with implants, so the facial structures remain intact and do not collapse. Additionally, replacing missing teeth with implants prevents other problems associated with tooth loss (such as other teeth shifting into the spaces created by missing teeth and functional problems with the bite and jaw joints).