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Oral Surgery, Dentist Canton Mi - Dr. Douglas Read D.D.S

Oral Surgery

Removing or Extracting Impacted or Broken Teeth

When you have Wisdom Teeth or other concerns that need Oral Surgery, know what to expect, how to prevent it and how to best take care of it before complications arise.


Have your wisdom teeth started displacing the rest of your teeth? Do you have a tooth that has decayed, been broken, or have a badly abscessed tooth and need a root canal? These are the most common reasons oral surgery is recommended. When teeth grow sideways, are trapped beneath the gum line or only partially rise from the gum line, pain and dental issues are sure to follow. This most commonly occurs in your Wisdom Teeth, though other teeth may become impacted as well. To stop these teeth from causing problems throughout the entire jaw, they need to be removed. Regular checkups are important to monitor growth and patterns, saving time and money by identifying areas of interest before they become a potential concern.

Most people have up to four wisdom teeth they need to have removed before complications arise. Dr. Read uses local anesthetics to work on one side of your mouth at a time- giving you the ability to maintain full functionality and chewing while one side heals. After a thorough exam and diagnosis, our team will go over all your options to provide you with the best service for your needs. Should you wish for IV sedation or to remove all your teeth in one go, Dr. Read works closely with local specialists in Oral Surgery to make sure you get the right solution for your needs and preferences.

While healing usually only takes a few days, like any surgery, there are generic do’s and don’ts for your oral surgery.

  1. Relax after your surgery
  2. physical activity can increase bleeding.
  3. While your mouth is numbed, maintain awareness and be careful not to bite the inside of your lip, cheeks, or tongue.
  4. For the first 24 hours you can use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek to reduce any swelling, and a moist heat such as a warm, wet washcloth after the first day.
  5. You’ll want to start eating soft foods like gelatin, pudding or thin soups before gradually adding solid foods as your healing progresses.
  6. Be careful not to use a straw for the first few days, as doing so can loosen the blood clot and delay your healing.
  7. Avoid playing with the new space with your tongue or touching it with your fingers.
  8. Continue to brush your teeth and tongue, but do so carefully.

First and foremost, follow the instructions our staff gives you and call us if you have any questions or concerns. Our goal is to help you maintain good oral health without any stress, while relieving any pain you may have. Call today at (734) 397-8282 to schedule an appointment and explore how you can keep your teeth looking their very best!

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