As a new patient you probably have a lot of questions about oral surgery and your procedure. At the offices of Dr. Greg Roberts we are here to help you understand the basics of oral surgery in Salt Lake City and Ogden, and the details about which procedure(s) you will undergo as part of your treatment.
Whether you're getting your wisdom teeth removed, having implant surgery or getting a bone graft in preparation for dental implants, you can be sure that you're in good hands with Dr. Roberts and his team. We understand that having surgery can be a stressful experience, which is why we do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process.
Read on to learn more about our programs or services!
New Patient Consultation
We schedule a comprehensive initial consultation with all of our new patients who are thinking about oral surgery in Salt Lake City or Ogden. Whether you were referred by another provider or you found us on your own, we want to sit down and talk about all the options that you have, plus review your medical and oral health history.
In some cases you may be able to get treatment the same day as your consultation, depending on the complexity of care required, while in other cases you may need to schedule one or more follow-up appointments.
Why Dental Surgery is Sometimes Needed
There are many reasons why someone might need to see an oral surgeon, from simple procedures like wisdom teeth removal to more complex surgeries like dental implants. Here are some of the most common reasons patients visit our offices:
- To remove impacted or infected teeth
- To prepare for dental implants
- To correct jaw irregularities
- To perform a biopsy on suspicious growths in the mouth
No matter what your reason for seeking dental surgery, you can be sure that you will receive the highest quality of care at the offices of Dr. Greg Roberts.
Oral Surgery Procedures
The American Dental Association classifies oral and maxillofacial surgery as one of the specialty areas of dental practice. Our focus is on diagnosing and correcting problems with the mouth, jaw, teeth, and bones in the facial area, particularly following trauma or to correct functional or esthetic problems.
Some of the general oral surgery procedures that we provide at our Salt Lake City and Ogden offices include:
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Varying Anesthesia Options
Keeping our patients comfortable and safe during oral surgery procedures is our top priority. We offer a variety of anesthesia options depending on your procedure, including local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
Local anesthesia numbs the specific area where the procedure will be performed and is often used for simple extractions or other outpatient procedures. IV sedation, also called “twilight sleep,” is delivered through an IV in your arm and will make you drowsy but still responsive to commands. General anesthesia is used for more complex procedures such as jaw surgery and is administered either through an IV or with inhaled gases.
You will be closely monitored throughout your procedure by our team of skilled professionals, regardless of the type of anesthesia used.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients experience little to no discomfort after oral surgery, thanks to the use of modern anesthesia and pain management techniques. We will provide you with post-operative instructions and a prescription for pain medication, if needed, before you leave our office.
It is important to rest and avoid physical activity for the remainder of the day after your procedure. You may also need to stick to soft foods for a few days while you heal.
In most cases, you will be able to return to work or school the day after surgery.
We are Here for You
Whether you need wisdom teeth removed, dental implants placed, or another oral surgery procedure, we are here to help. We understand that undergoing surgery can be stressful, which is why we take the time to explain the process and answer any questions you may have.
Please call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roberts. We look forward to meeting you!