Oral Surgery Specialist

Fay Hu, D.M.D. -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Fay Hu General Dentistry

Fay Hu, D.M.D.

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Winter Park, FL

Whether you need a tooth pulled or your wisdom teeth extracted, you can have it done at the comfort of your family dentist office. At Fay Hu General Dentistry, Dr. Fay Hu performs minor oral surgeries right in her Winter Park, Florida, office. With no need for hospitals or clinics, you can have your oral surgery performed by a dentist you know and trust. To learn more about your options, contact Fay Hu General Dentistry. Call today to schedule your appointment or use the online booking tool.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is an impacted tooth?

Your wisdom teeth are your last teeth to develop, becoming full around age 17. In many cases, there’s not enough room for these teeth to erupt through the gums, causing them to misalign or impact in the jaw bone.

When a tooth becomes impacted, it’s as though the tooth’s stuck, turned sideways in the jaw and unable to rise above the gums. When this happens, your wisdom teeth can crowd your other teeth, as well as cause pain, inflammation, and an increased risk of gum infection.

Although wisdom teeth are commonly impacted, other teeth can also become impacted, particularly the cuspids and bicuspids.

To protect your other teeth and reduce the risk of swelling and infection, Dr. Hu recommends that those with impacted teeth have them surgically removed.

How do you know if you need a tooth extraction?

You may need a tooth extraction if you have an impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth that’s no longer healthy. Through an extraction, Dr. Hu removes your tooth and its roots.

In most cases other than wisdom teeth, Dr. Hu attempts to restore and save your teeth before considering removal. Doing so not only improves the aesthetics of your mouth and smile but helps keep your jaw and teeth functioning their best for chewing and talking.

She may recommend a tooth extraction when your tooth:

  • Is unable to be restored
  • Moves due to progressed periodontal disease
  • Overcrowds your other teeth
  • Cracks due to trauma

You may need clearance from a specialist or a prescription for antibiotics before proceeding with oral surgery if you have specific chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or renal disease.

If you need advanced procedures, Dr. Hu can refer you to an oral surgeon.

What should you expect after oral surgery?

After tooth extraction or oral surgery, Dr. Hu provides you with at-home care instructions. If you had a tooth removed, Dr. Hu packs gauze into the tooth socket.

Gently bite on this gauze to keep pressure on the area. Doing so reduces bleeding and encourages healing. You may need to change the gauze.

Other recommendations include:

  • Using ice to reduce swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Limiting activity for at least 24 hours
  • Avoiding drinking from a straw and smoking
  • Eating soft foods and liquids for the first day
  • Propping your head with pillows when you recline

After 24 hours, Dr. Hu may ask that rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution.

If you think you may need a tooth pulled, contact Fay Hu General Dentistry. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule.