Oral surgery includes any surgical procedures that are performed in or around your mouth and/or jaw. This type of surgery is typically performed by a specialist in that particular kind of oral surgery. Oral surgical procedures range from tooth extractions to root canals, to the repositioning of the jaw. Oral surgery can also involve the removal of an unwanted growth such a tumor. Endodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists are all dental specialists who perform oral surgeries.
The most common types of oral surgery include impacted wisdom teeth, gum grafting, tooth implants, maxillofacial surgery, root canals, and jaw and teeth repair after an injury. After any kind of surgery, be sure to follow the aftercare instructions of your oral surgeon. Suggestions may include taking some time off from work or school, sitting at an incline, and staying away from foods that can damage the surgical area.