Oral Surgery Specialist

Bay View Dental

Jennifer H. Xie, DDS

Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry located in Antioch, CA

Getting any kind of surgery can feel intimidating. With help from Jennifer Xie, DDS, and her team of experts at Bay View Dental in Antioch, California, you can improve your oral health and enjoy a fully functional mouth after oral surgery. Dr. Xie is a leading oral surgery provider in the area and can perform all types of oral and maxillofacial cases directly in-office. To explore available surgeries and find out if you’re a candidate, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Oral Surgery Q&A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery refers to any operation involving incisions to treat complications with your teeth, jawbone, or the soft tissues in your mouth. 

There are many different types, and the team at Bay View Dental can help you decide which type, if any, can help you meet your oral health and wellness goals. 

In most cases, you’ll need to go under some form of anesthesia for oral surgery. Local anesthesia numbs a localized area to make sure you don’t feel the incision or any other potentially uncomfortable part of your surgery. 

You may also have the option of IV sedation to keep you calm and at ease during your surgery. In some complex cases, oral surgery may call for general anesthesia instead. General anesthesia renders you unconscious, and you won’t remember anything after the procedure. 

What are some common types of oral surgery?

The team at Bay View Dental specializes in oral surgery and uses a variety of surgical techniques to treat oral health conditions or improve oral functioning. A few available oral surgeries are:

Bone grafting

Bone grafting may be a necessary oral surgery before getting a dental implant. During a bone grafting procedure like a sinus lift, the team adds volume to your jawbone with artificial or natural bone material.

Dental implant surgery

Dental implant surgery is a surgical process to place small titanium posts in your jawbone. These posts, called implants, act as the natural roots of your teeth to support realistic-looking and functioning crowns or dentures.

Impacted wisdom tooth extractions

Impacted wisdom teeth do not emerge above the gumline and can contribute to complications like gum disease or tooth decay. To treat them, the team must make an incision to access and remove the tooth. 

How should I prepare for oral surgery?

Before your oral surgery, you’ll need to attend one or more appointments for planning. The team may use 3D cone beam radiography to create a detailed three-dimensional image of your mouth. 

They use these images to predict possible complications and take them into consideration while planning your surgery. To help you prepare for surgery, the team may recommend:

  • Arranging transportation to and from the office
  • Stop eating and drinking for 8-10 hours before the surgery
  • Stop smoking for a while before the surgery

Each oral surgery is different and might require additional steps to prepare. 

To find out more about the specific oral surgery you need, call Bay View Dental or book an appointment online today.