Some dental procedures require surgery at a small scale. For example, these minor dental surgical procedures would include dental implants and tooth extractions.
Minor dental surgeries are routine procedures in most clinics nowadays and are considered by dentists and patients as perfectly safe. However, they still require some planning, preparation, and post-care.
What is Considered a Minor Dental Surgery?
The type of dental surgery will greatly depend on the procedure and specific needs of the patient. Many tooth extractions are considered minor oral surgery, as well as procedures involving the raising and replacement of a mucoperiosteal flap, and usually the placing of one or more sutures.
Minor surgery is done under local anesthesia, typically injected with a syringe in one or both sides of your gum until numb. Aside from a little prick of the needle, you won’t feel any pain during the surgery.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
You will be awake and the dentist may ask you questions during the minor dental surgery about any sensitivity you may feel. Most minor surgeries are done in less than 30 minutes and do not require stitches. You may have to leave the dentist with gauze or some other material to prevent bleeding while an opening heals.
Patients will be able to walk out of minor surgery normally although driving may not be recommended. You should ask your dentist if you wish to drive alone. In some cases, there will be some restrictions post surgery such as avoiding certain foods or eating at all for an hour or two. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for a little while, along with a painkiller if pain is anticipated when the anesthesia’s effect wears off.