Oral Surgery In Arvada

What Is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is a term used to refer to any surgical procedure that’s done to your mouth. But in most cases, “oral surgery” is not used to refer to simple procedures like fillings, crowns, or root canals, but more complex treatments. For example, tooth extractions are considered to be a type of oral surgery, but there are many others, too.

At Candelas Dentistry, we offer a full suite of comprehensive dental services in Arvada, Broomfield, and Westminster, including oral surgery. Read on to learn more about the process and see if you may need oral surgery, or contact us to schedule an appointment now.

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Oral surgery will cause no pain or discomfort, because we offer sedation dentistry at Candelas Dentistry to keep you feeling safe and comfortable.

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What To Expect From Oral Surgery

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Initial consultation

First, you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim so that she can learn more about your oral health and determine if you need oral surgery. Oral surgeries are complex and invasive, so it’s important to explore other routes, if possible, to determine if there are any other alternatives that may be suitable for your case.

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Numbing & sedation

At your next appointment, Dr. Kim will prepare you for your surgery by cleaning your mouth, numbing the treatment area and administering sedation to keep you feeling safe and comfortable. You won’t feel any pain, discomfort, or anxiety during your procedure. You can discuss your sedation options with Dr. Kim before your appointment.

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Performing your procedure

The specifics of your procedure will vary depending on the oral surgery you need. Dr. Kim uses the latest x-ray technology, dental tools, and techniques to deliver excellent results, ensuring the best possible outcome for your surgical procedure.

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Rest & recovery

Again, the precise recovery time will vary depending on the oral surgery you need. After your appointment, you will be sent home with a comprehensive set of care instructions to follow in order to speed up the healing process and minimize pain and discomfort as you recover, so follow these closely.

Oral Surgery Options

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Complex Occlusion Issues & Adjustments

Complex occlusion (bite) issues and adjustments may sometimes need to be addressed by oral surgery, rather than orthodontics like braces. This type of surgery is also sometimes called “orthognathic surgery.”

In this surgery, the position, shape, and other aspects of the jaw are modified to ensure better contact between the teeth and improve your bite, smile, and appearance.

Bone Grafts

Bone grafts are a special oral surgery used to prepare your jaw for dental implants. If your jaw bone is too weak for an implant, bone grafting may be required. In this procedure, an opening is made in the gums and jaw, and then special bone powder is packed into the area, which is then closed up.

Over time, natural bone will begin to grow around the bone powder, strengthening the area and preparing it for a dental implant.


Alveoloplasty is also called “bone ridge smoothing.” In this process, a special tool is used to smooth down the sharp ridges of bone that surround empty tooth sockets. It may be required to prepare for a tooth replacement like a dental implant or dentures.

This treatment is often done alongside tooth extractions, but may also be done on its own during a separate appointment, depending on the circumstances.

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What Is Aftercare Like for Oral Surgery?

The specifics may vary depending on what type of surgery you’re undergoing, but generally, you can expect some minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort following surgery. Biting down on gauze can help stop the bleeding and encourage the formation of blood clots.

Alternatively, biting down on a wet caffeinated tea bag constricts the blood vessels which stops bleeding. We recommend that you take anti-inflammatory pain medication or any medication prescribed by your dentist to relieve pain and swelling.

You should also keep your head elevated and use a cold compress for about 15 minutes on and off. You should stick to a soft food diet, especially in the first week. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and hard or chewy foods.

In the first 24 hours, it’s important to avoid all forms of suction, strenuous activity, and rinsing your mouth. 24 hours after your surgery, you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water solutions. You should brush your teeth and floss as soon as your dentist says it’s permissible to; just avoid any tender areas that have been operated on.

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How Long Does It Take to Heal From a Bone Graft Before I Can Get a Dental Implant?

The healing time following a bone grafting procedure ranges from 2 weeks to 3 months. Before a patient can receive dental implants, the bone grafts will need to fuse with the existing bone, which usually takes a few months. The more complex the bone graft is, the longer recovery will take.

Why Would I Need Alveoloplasty?

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Alveoloplasty is needed after a tooth extraction if the shape of your jawbone is uneven and will result in ill-fitting dentures or other tooth restorations due to the high and low points of the jawline.

An alveoloplasty procedure smooths out this surface so dentures fit snugly and comfortably. It is also used to speed up the recovery of a tooth extraction, remove bone spurs, and restore the jaw bone in patients who have lost multiple teeth.

What Happens If I Don’t Correct a Misaligned Bite?

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There are many consequences of having misaligned teeth, but particularly for more severe malocclusions like an improper bite. This can cause speech impediments, difficulty chewing your food, damage to your teeth, TMJ, sleep apnea, jaw pain, and headaches.

When the alignment of your jaw is too severe to be corrected through orthodontics, you may require orthognathic surgery to reshape your jaw in a way that makes it easier to create your jaw alignment. This will alleviate all the aforementioned issues associated with an improper bite.

Is Oral Surgery Covered By Dental Insurance?

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Oral surgery is usually covered at least in part by dental insurance, but the specifics depend on the type of surgery you are getting, medical necessity, and your insurance policy.

If the oral surgery is not deemed medically necessary, your insurance is less likely to cover it or will not cover as much. To find out the details about whether or not your insurance provider covers oral surgery and to what extent, contact them directly.

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