Dispelling Some Oral Surgery Myths
As passionate as we are about what we do at Lynn Dental Care, there’s no denying it – most people flinch when they hear the words “oral surgery”. Intensive dental procedures tend to have a lot of negative baggage for most people, and it can be off-putting when you find out you need some extensive work done. Very few people are enthusiastic about having any kind of surgery, and if you combine it with common fears and feelings of trepidation about visiting your Dallas dentist, you can create some real anxiety. In this blog entry, we’re looking to reassure you by addressing some of the most common myths and misconceptions about oral surgery.
This is probably the first thing that came into your mind as soon as you started reading this entry – it might even be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the dentist at all. We have a long history of associating dental work and oral surgery with fear and pain, from anecdotal stories to jokes in TV and movies. Sometimes it’s hard to get away from.
The truth is, dental professionals fully understand how and why some of the work they do could be potentially painful and have worked for years to perfect their tools and techniques to reduce any discomfort as much as possible. Methods of local and general anesthesia are always improving, with medical providers both in and outside of the dentistry professional vying to be the best at providing a totally pain-free experience for patients. Combine this with a friendly, knowledgeable and attentive oral surgeon – like those we have at Lynn Dental Care – and you can relax even more about your dental work.
If you have any concerns about pain, stress or discomfort during any dental procedure, talk to your Lynn Dental Care dentist about it. We’re always happy to discuss ways to make any procedure as easy for as we can. Remember that, nine times out of ten, the reason you’re getting oral surgery in the first place is to relieve persistent, nagging pain – not cause it!
Having Oral Surgery Takes A Long Time
Another common misconception about oral surgery is the amount of time it takes to get it finished. You might find friends and family warning you about a certain procedure involving multiple visits over days, weeks, or even months. The truth is somewhat in the middle here – while some of the work you might need could take a while to be fully finished, you should keep in mind why you’re getting it done. Most surgeries are performed out of necessity, either due to unmanageable pain or potential health risks down the road. Taking a few months now to have dental work done right could save you years of suffering.
Recovery is a Slow and Agonizing Process
Recovering from surgery takes time, especially when it’s a major operation. Oral surgery, however, is often a lot more minor compared to other kinds. It’s easy enough to imagine having to take a lot of time to recover from intense dental work – pain and sensitivity could make it hard to eat, speak or even move around all that much.
Just like the pain of dental surgery, this is another misconception. We can’t deny that you’re probably not going to be 100% later the same afternoon, but with a combination of carefully prescribed pain medication and making sure you take things like eating slowly and patiently, the recovery process from most oral surgery procedures is fairly speedy.
Avoid things like very cold or very hot food to cut down on general aggravation of the affected areas. Talk to your dental professional if you feel you’re in a significant amount of pain or are recovering at an unusually slow rate.
It Costs a Small Fortune
Much like the amount of time it might take to have oral surgery done, this is another factor that comes down to why you’re having it done in the first place. If your surgery is due to pain or a medical issue, then that’s something that significantly outweighs the cost. Not to mention that most work is covered, in one way or another, by insurance plans.
When thinking about it in terms of why, you should also look ahead to how much the issues that you’re having now will cost you in the future. The cost of oral surgery now is likely much lower than your long-term cost.
Contact Lynn Dental Care With Questions, Concerns or More
We fully understand that, even with these reassurances, it can be hard to shake the nerves associated with oral surgery. If you need work done and would like to discuss how it’s performed, any concerns you have, or anything else, you can contact Lynn Dental Care and speak to a professional today.