Many people still have a secret fear of wisdom tooth extractions and having to undergo some form of oral surgery. And if you share in this sentiment, you’re definitely not alone. However, if you aren’t aware, the great news is that oral care and dental technology has come a long way.

Gone are the days when people experienced pain before they saw the oral surgeon, as well as during and even after a procedure. Furthermore, those horror stories we heard from family and friends about their oral care experiences may have been from decades back, and not necessarily relevant to today’s experiences. In this article, we’ll discuss how to remove those fears and get the help you need to restore oral health. Even if that means having oral surgery and sedation.

Advanced Technology in Oral Surgery

The treatments and care that patients receive these days are significantly different from what they received just 15-20 years ago. With each passing decade, dental engineers and researchers continue to develop new technologies in oral surgery.  Moreover, these innovative advancements bring benefit to patients and dental practitioners alike.

Digital & 3D Imaging

For example, when you visit the dentist or oral surgeon today, you’ll find digital imaging rather than those old dental x-rays. With digital imaging also comes 3-D views from cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The computer-generated images make it easy for dental practitioners to clearly see where issues are. And in that, they’re better able to plan and precisely perform oral surgery. Digital imaging also helps remove any fears or apprehensions you may have because the dentist can best explain what’s happening while you have clear visual proof.

Computer-Guided Implant Placement

These days, when oral maxillofacial surgeons are performing dental implant surgery, they no longer have to install with minor limitations. There used to be a time when there was a small element of surgical blindness when it came to implantology. However, thanks to computer-guided placement, dental physicians can install implants with extreme precision. Surgeries now take place with placement measurements down to the tiniest millimeter. As such, this makes dental implant surgery more convenient and slightly faster due to the careful planning and preparations of the surgeons.

Modern Surgical Tools & Instruments

There’s nothing that can strike more fear into dental patients than seeing those various instruments and tools prior to oral surgery. Sometimes looking at those instruments can remind you of the “Dentist Song” from the Little Shop of Horrors Movie1! Yet, this is far from the truth.

The modern surgical instruments that oral surgeons use today are a far cry from what was used centuries and decades ago. Today’s dental tools are sleeker, ergonomic, and more dynamic in their function. Dental surgeons can now use them to make their procedures more precise and direct, while also improving on various surgical techniques.

Direct Benefits for Today’s Dental Patients

Happy female dental patient after oral surgeryDespite the fears that many dental patients may still possess, there are a host of benefits behind modern oral surgery and dental extractions. Such benefits can include and aren’t limited to:

  • Surgeons can perform more precise procedures
  • They also can develop improved surgical techniques
  • Patients experience less bleeding and complications during surgery
  • There is little to no pain during and after the procedure
  • Patients also experience faster recovery and shorter downtimes

With all these benefits, we’re sure that your next dental procedure will be that much more comfortable and favorable.

Put Your Oral Care in the Best Hands

When you consult with the experienced dental physicians of OMSH in Houston, you have an assurance that you’re under the best care. Our surgeons are trained to perform all sorts of facial and oral surgeries that may also require more extensive skill and attention. One sure-fire way to help remove your fear is to take that first step. Consider putting your oral surgery care under the best capable hands by connecting with us online today!

  1. The Dentist Song – Steve Martin.