Oral Surgery Specialist

Howe Dental Associates

General Dentistry & Dental Implants Specialist located in Passaic, NJ

The term “surgery” is often associated with general anesthesia and long hospital stays. But oral surgery is much different. At Howe Dental Associates in Passaic, New Jersey, Michael Weiner, DDS, regularly performs routine oral surgeries including tooth extractions, implant placement, jaw realignment surgeries, and emergency care for facial trauma. To request your oral surgery consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Oral Surgery

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a blanket term used to describe any surgical procedure performed on or around your mouth and jaw. There are many different types of oral surgeries. Some surgeries help relieve pain or prevent infection, while others repair damage following accidents or injuries.

The concept of oral surgery may seem frightening, but thanks to modern anesthetics and minimally invasive techniques, oral surgery is safe and generally well tolerated.

What types of oral surgery do you perform?

At Howe Dental Associates, Dr. Weiner performs a full suite of oral surgeries, including:

  • Dental implants
  • Oral biopsies
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Cleft lip / Cleft palate surgery

Dr. Weiner also performs oral surgery to address dental emergencies. If you chip or knock out a tooth, visiting Howe Dental Associates within 30 minutes of your accident could mean the difference between losing and saving your permanent tooth. 

In addition, Dr. Weiner specializes in extractions. If you have impacted wisdom teeth or a severely decayed or infected tooth, Dr. Weiner might recommend pulling it to prevent further problems. 

Am I a candidate for oral surgery?

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for oral surgery is to make an appointment with Dr. Weiner and the team at Howe Dental Associates. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Weiner can make recommendations that align with your individual needs. 

For example, if you crack or chip a tooth and your pulp is exposed, Dr. Weiner might recommend a root canal to prevent further damage and infection. On the other hand, if you lose a tooth due to an automobile accident, Dr. Weiner might recommend placing one or more dental implants to restore your smile. 

What is recovery like following oral surgery?

Recovery following oral surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. However, it’s perfectly normal to experience some pain, swelling, and general discomfort for between 24-48 hours after your operation. 

Make sure to follow Dr. Weiner’s recovery instructions carefully and take your medications as prescribed. You should also avoid smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. In the first few days after your surgery, your mouth will be tender and swollen. To prevent infection and ease pain, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. You’ll also need to eat soft foods including soup, applesauce, and yogurt. 

Dr. Weiner hopes you never have to undergo oral surgery, but if you do, the team at Howe Dental Associates can help. Call the office or click the online booking tool to request your consultation today.