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Posts for: March, 2015

By Dental Pointe
March 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Oral Surgery  

You may have heard oral surgery is uncomfortable, expensive, or will cause you to miss work. You might be surprised to learn the truth.

There are a few persistent "horror stories" about oral surgery that keep people out of the dentist's chair. For example, a recent Oral Surgery survey showed that people who had never received root canal therapy were six times more likely to describe it as "painful" than those who had actually had the procedure done. The dental professionals at Dental Pointe in Naperville want to help debunk the myths and provide facts to their current and future patients.

Myth #1: Oral surgery is painful.

The idea of having any surgery can be daunting. The idea of surgery on the sensitive tissues of your mouth can be downright scary. Thankfully, oral surgery techniques have evolved over the past few decades to virtually eradicate pain from the procedure itself. Anesthesia can be used with anti-anxiety medication to keep patients comfortable and relaxed. Your Naperville family dentist will also put you on a safe pain medication regimen designed to keep your pain under control immediately following the procedure.

It is important to keep in mind that oral surgery is often recommended to alleviate pain caused by infection or trauma, and that people generally feel relief - both from their pain and their anxiety - following oral surgery.

Myth #2: Oral surgery has a long recovery time.

While it's important to take it easy after dental surgery - resting with your head propped up, eat only soft foods and liquids, and no exercise or heavy lifting for a couple days afterward - you shouldn't need to clear your schedule for any rehabilitation. You should find any discomfort you may have lessening within a day or two. The majority of people can return to work or school the following day with no problems.

Myth #3: Oral surgery is extremely expensive.

In the short term, the costs of oral surgery may seem a bit intimidating. However, letting an infection or other dental problem go without intervention can mean more expense later. The cost of emergency treatment often surpasses preventive measures by a large amount.

Most medically necessary oral surgery procedures are covered by insurance. Dental Pointe can also work with your financial situation - flexible payment plans are available and even credit is offered to those who qualify.

While there are risks associated with any medical procedure, Dental Pointe, your Naperville dental office, is committed to your safety and well-being. Thorough evaluations before and after oral surgery will help determine the best course of action for you.