Oral surgery. Those are two words that most people don’t want to hear, especially when a medical professional is telling them that they need it. A lot of people dread getting oral surgery because they’ve been influenced by common and highly inaccurate myths about these necessary procedures.
At Dental Specialty Associates, we know all about the myths and misconceptions that people labor under when it comes to oral surgery. These myths can hurt people because they encourage them not to get vital work done that could spare them a lot of pain and discomfort as well as improve their overall health. Here are the three most common myths about oral surgery.
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Myth #1: Recovering From It Is Intense
One of the most persistent myths that hounds oral surgery is the idea that recovering from it is a long and arduous process. People imagine that they’ll be laid up in bed for days, maybe weeks, afterwards. The truth is that most oral surgery procedures have fast recovery times. You’ll be a little tender for a bit in most cases, and will have to watch what you eat: Hot and cold foods could aggravate your teeth while they’re healing. But usually you should be able to go about your day to day life without any difficulty within a day of the surgery.
The recovery process can occasionally cause some discomfort. But in most cases you’ll be prescribed pain medication that should help you manage it. And the period of time in your recovery in which you’re sensitive and prone to pain will be pretty brief.
Myth #2: It’s Painful
Oral surgery has been associated with pain in the public’s imagination for a long time. This is unfortunate because it couldn’t be further from the truth. These techniques have been perfected over time to be as painless as possible. It’s performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during your treatment. If you do feel any kind of pain or discomfort, you should tell your dentist immediately: They will administer more anesthetic. Sedation is another option that’s available for patients who are particularly anxious about surgery.
The thing to keep in mind is that oral surgery is done to RELIEVE pain, not to cause it. People associate pain with it because the health conditions that have brought them to the dentist’s office is painful. You won’t feel a thing during the actual process.
Myth #3: Oral Surgery Is Very Expensive
When it comes to the cost, you have to take a long view of it. In the short term, procedures like dental implants aren’t cheap. Mostprocedures are covered, to varying degrees, by dental insurance. But the important thing to realize here is that preventative care will save you more money in the long run than waiting until a dental problem HAS to be dealt. Emergency treatment will usually cost a lot more than a normal surgical visit would.
Getting oral surgery done can actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Get the work done before you absolutely need to do it and you could end up saving a pretty penny. Plus: The sooner you get it done, the less pain and discomfort you’ll be experiencing in your life.
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If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, give us a call at 602-795-5995! Our staff at Dental Specialty Associates would be happy to assist you.