Oral Surgery Specialist

Dentistry @ Hagerstown

Preetinder Kaur Aulakh, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Hagerstown, MD

Oral surgery, such as wisdom tooth extraction, is a specialized type of care that requires an experienced and skilled provider. At Dentistry @ Hagerstown in Hagerstown, Maryland, talented dentist Preetinder Aulakh, DDS, and her dedicated team offer a wide range of oral surgery services to meet your family’s needs. If you live in Hagerstown, Williamsport, Smithsburg, or Boonsboro, Maryland, or Waynesboro or Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, call the office or click online booking for help now.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is a procedure that treats complex mouth and jaw problems. Root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dental abscess repair, dental implant placement, and oral trauma repair are some common kinds of oral surgery. The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team includes specialists who have extensive expertise in all types of oral surgery. 

What kind of anesthesia and sedation will I have for oral surgery?

The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation choices to ensure safe and comfortable oral surgery procedures for every patient. Most patients receive local anesthesia to numb the surgical area. 

Additionally, it's common to have some kind of sedation to help you relax during the oral surgery. Dentistry @ Hagerstown offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation using pills or tablets, and intravenous (IV) sedation delivered through a vein in your arm.

What is recovery like after oral surgery?

Oral surgery recovery can vary by the procedure you're having. The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team recommends individual recovery instructions for you, but you'll likely need a couple of days to rest after the procedure. This can help you heal faster and can minimize the risk of complications like dry socket after an extraction.

Generally, you'll have some bleeding after oral surgery, but it typically stops within a day or so. You may need to use a special mouth rinse after your oral surgery, and it’s important to avoid brushing in the surgery area so you don’t dislodge the healing blood clot.

Swelling can linger for longer, possibly around a week. Adhere to your medication schedule carefully to minimize pain and prevent infection as you recover. 

What can I eat after oral surgery?

After oral surgery, it's important to follow a soft diet as recommended by the Dentistry @ Hagerstown team. Some of the foods that you can enjoy for the first few days after oral surgery include:

  • Applesauce
  • Mashed banana
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • Cottage cheese
  • Broth or non-chunky soup
  • Pudding
  • Gelatin
  • Scrambled or over-easy eggs
  • Ice cream or sherbet (no nuts)
  • Greek yogurt (no toppings)

The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team will let you know when it’s safe to transition into eating regular foods. 

Book your visit to Dentistry @ Hagerstown with the online scheduler, or call the office to arrange your oral surgery now.