Oral surgery involves treating teeth and tissues of the mouth. Although the “s” word might make you nervous, not all oral surgery procedures are that intensive. For example, tooth extractions are a form of oral maxillofacial surgery, but they often take just minutes, usually require just a local anesthesia and are often times performed right in your general dentist’s office. Other common types of oral and maxillofacial surgery include gum reshaping (to even out a gummy smile), dental implants (to replace missing teeth) and jaw surgery (to smooth the jawbone after an extraction). Oral surgery today is also much more advanced; laser technologies make procedures more comfortable, more precise and less time-consuming.
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