Dental surgery refers to several procedures that involve surgery on the teeth, gums or jawbone.
Dental surgery requires anesthesia in order to eliminate or reduce pain. Dental surgery typically requires local anesthesia, can be performed in a dental clinic on an outpatient basis, and requires a few days at most to recover, although some procedures, such as implants, require several weeks of healing. In a few cases, such as when bone is extracted from the hip in order to add it to the jawbone (bone grafting), the surgery is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.
Dental surgeons routinely perform root canals, installation of crowns, implants, bridges, veneers and fixed dentures and tooth extraction. Other procedures that are not as common are fiberotomy, apiectomy, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Depending on the treatment you’re looking for, you may have to start preparing in advance while still at home. The most common example of this is the requirement to stop smoking at least temporarily before dental surgery as smoking can cause infections during the healing process.
If you are looking for a dental surgeon in the Bahamas, please fill out the “Find a Doctor/Dentist” form on this site to be contacted by a participating dental specialist.