Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery Services offered IN Ridgewood, NJ
Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery services offered in Ridgewood, NJ

While Robert A. Scherrer, DMD, and the team prefer to take a conservative approach to dental care, there are times when oral surgery offers the best path to a healthy smile. These procedures are available at Advanced Dental Care of Ridgewood, giving residents of Ridgewood, New Jersey, a range of treatment options. If you’d like to learn more, booking a visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments online. 

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery includes procedures performed on teeth, bones, gums, or other oral tissues. Procedures are considered surgical when they penetrate the barrier of your skin and, in the case of dental surgery, the exterior surfaces of your teeth. 

Some of the reasons you might need oral surgery include the following:

  • To address extensive decay
  • To treat sleep apnea
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • To reduce crowding
  • To treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • To enhance the volume or density of your bone tissue
  • To treat periodontal disease

At Advanced Dental Care of Ridgewood, patient education is an important part of the practice philosophy. Your dentist explains all available treatment options, including what to expect if you forgo treatment.  

What are some examples of oral surgery procedures?

Any procedure that alters your tooth tissue, gums, bone tissue, or other structures within your mouth or jaw is considered oral surgery. Some examples of common oral surgery procedures include:

  • Tooth extraction
  • Wisdom tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Gum grafting
  • Bone grafting
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Dental implants

All oral surgery includes local anesthetic to eliminate sensation in the treatment area. Some procedures are performed using additional anesthetic options. 

How can I ease my recovery process after oral surgery?

Your body needs time and support to heal after any surgical procedure, including oral surgery. It’s important to take some time to rest and nourish your body after your treatment. 

You should also follow your dentist’s instructions for post-procedure care. In most cases, you’ll need to choose soft foods for a period of time and avoid any form of suction. Smoking or drinking from a straw can create problems after treatments like extraction. 

If you receive antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed to prevent infection. You may be able to manage discomfort with over-the-counter medications, but let your dentist know if you experience significant pain. 

You should never hesitate to contact the office with concerns after your oral surgery. The team is here to help, and no question or concern is too small to receive a prompt response. 

Book your visit at Advanced Dental Care of Ridgewood today using the online booking tool, or call to check appointment availability.