Oral and maxillofacial surgery refers to procedures performed on the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. An oral surgeon is a doctor who specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. They have undergone extensive education and training to understand, diagnose, and treat the complex structures of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgery procedures can include procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, orthognathic surgery, oral pathology, TMJ treatment, facial trauma, and more.
Listen to some of our satisfied patients who have received oral and maxillofacial surgery treatment at our Sonoma, CA, practice.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
Oral surgeons have received years of education and training beyond dental school to become experts in their field. Oral surgeons begin their career path by earning a four-year degree in dentistry before completing a hospital-based oral and maxillofacial residency program for an additional four to six years. As residents, oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive specialized training in general surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. All of this additional education and training means that all oral surgeons are dentists, but not all dentists are oral surgeons. Other than anesthesiologists, oral surgeons are the only healthcare specialists qualified to administer all levels of sedation. Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers several options for anesthesia to ensure our patients receive the safest and most comfortable experience possible.
When do you need oral surgery?
An oral surgeon diagnoses and treats several conditions that affect the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. Procedures such as placing dental implants and wisdom tooth extraction are common, but an oral surgeon can perform a broad scope of procedures and treatments, including
- Orthognathic surgery
- General tooth extraction
- Bone and soft tissue grafting
- Facial trauma/reconstruction
- Oral pathology
Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants makes every patient a top priority. Dr. Boynton keeps up to date on the latest advancements and technology to ensure his patients receive the very best in oral surgery treatment. With your comfort, health, and personal goals in mind, Dr. Boynton aims to exceed your expectations while improving oral health outcomes.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Boynton or have any questions about your oral health, please contact our practice. A member of our friendly care team will be happy to assist.
Preparing for Oral Surgery
Along with Dr. Boynton, our friendly and knowledgeable care team are here for you before, during, and after your treatment. We aim to provide every patient with the highest standard of care, but to ensure you receive the best possible outcome, we strongly encourage you to follow our recommendations for pre- and post-operative care. We will detail your personalized treatment plan in person, including all information and instructions, and have included general recommendations and guidelines on our site. Please follow the specific instructions your oral surgeon has provided regarding your personal treatment plan. As a general overview, here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your oral surgery treatment.
The first step of any oral surgery treatment is with a consultation. During this first visit, you will meet with Dr. Boynton, who will evaluate and discuss your condition and design a customized treatment plan to achieve optimal oral health outcomes. You can expect to learn about your condition, plans for treatment, and options for anesthesia. Diagnostic images using our 3D cone beam CT scanner and/or 3D intraoral scanner may also be taken during this appointment. This first appointment with Dr. Boynton is a great time to ask questions or address any concerns you may have.
Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery and services the areas in and around Sonoma, CA. Oral surgery procedures that are performed in our practice are considered outpatient surgery — you will be discharged the day of your procedure to recover at home. Because anesthesia is commonly used during oral surgery, most patients require a responsible adult to drive them to and from their surgical appointment. This adult should also accompany you at home for the following 24 hours after your surgery to monitor you.
Like any type of surgery, some discomfort can be expected after your oral surgery procedure. To manage your pain, you may be prescribed pain medication or given recommendations for over-the-counter medications in advance of your procedure. Picking up these medications before your surgery is a good idea so that they are on hand when you need them.
To moderate the number of opioid prescriptions, reduce the risk of addiction, and minimize the dangers of opioid drugs, Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants offers an opioid-free alternative to pain management. Please visit our page on Pain Control After Surgery to learn more or contact our office.
Preparing Your Home for Your Recovery
Self-care during your recovery is important. Many patients find comfort when they return home and their personal recovery area is already set up for them. How you feel most comfortable and relaxed is up to you, but one of the basics includes setting up your bed. Your bed should have linens that are clean but expendable in case they acquire any stains. Plenty of pillows to prop your head up and support your back is a good idea too. Many patients enjoy keeping reading materials or movies close by, as well as any electronics, such as a phone or tablet, and their chargers. Coming home to a well-stocked refrigerator with plenty of soft foods and liquids is a good idea to ensure you have the right nutrition following your procedure. It is also a good idea to have some ice packs in the freezer.
What to Expect During Recovery
Most of the time, patients recover comfortably and with few, if any, complications. Pain and swelling following any oral surgery procedure are expected but should ease two to three days following the procedure. How long it takes for you to completely recover from your oral surgery procedure depends on several factors, such as the type of oral surgery you are receiving, current health condition, lifestyle, and more. To ensure you achieve optimal recovery and avoid any unnecessary complications, please follow your pre- and post-operative instructions.
At Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we want you to have the best possible experience before, during, and after your procedure. If you are experiencing a significant amount of pain despite medication use, if you’re bleeding excessively, or if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we want to know. Please call us at any time so we can take care of your needs promptly.