Orange City and Deltona, FL
Not every dentist is qualified to perform oral surgery. Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to offer these specialized services to our patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City in Florida.
What types of oral surgery does Terry Soule, DDS, offer?
- Extractions: This refers to any procedure that entails the removal of a tooth, usually because of a significant infection or if a tooth becomes impacted such as the case, at times, with wisdom teeth. More information about our extraction procedures can be found below on this page.
- Implant dentistry: When you receive a dental implant, this is a surgical procedure because the implant screw itself must be inserted into the jawbone after a small incision is made in the gum tissue.
- Gum surgery: Used as part of our treatment of periodontal disease, these procedures remove infected gum tissue, aiming to minimize the amount of damage causd by the bacterial infection to your gums.
While Terry Soule, DDS seeks to avoid tooth loss whenever possible, certain situations warrant removing a tooth or teeth in order to maintain the overall health of the patient.
Common reasons for an extraction include:
- Extensive damage from tooth decay
- Infection or recurrent infections in a tooth
- Crowding, for orthodontic purposes
- Removal of wisdom teeth, when necessary
One of the most common types of extractions performed by dentists and oral surgeons is the removal of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these teeth emerge at the back of the mouth and usually do so when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth often do not have enough room to emerge into the mouth, which causes them to become impacted, or partially erupt, placing an excessive amount of force on your teeth and jaw. Many dentists and oral surgeons prefer to remove wisdom teeth preemptively as they show signs of emerging from the gum line.
If you feel apprehensive about your surgical extraction procedure, just speak with Dr. Soule about your sedation options before your appointment.
Terry Soule, DDS, recommends this itinerary of care following any surgical extraction:
- For the first few hours hours after the extraction, gently bite down on pads of gauze to absorb any blood from the incisions, using gentle pressure.
- If bleeding persists for more than 24 hours after the extraction, contact our office as soon as possible.
- Try to refrain from physical activity, which may prolong bleeding. Especially avoid bending at the waist or lifting heavy objects.
- Avoid drinking from a straw or smoking, as the suction created inside of the mouth could dislodge the blood clot causing a dry socket. Plus, smoking slows down the healing process.
- Avoid spitting with force. Instead, allow excess blood to gently drain out of your mouth while over the sink.
- After the first 24 hours, begin gently swishing your mouth with warm salt water after you eat.
- Contact Dr. Soule if you experience extreme pain, unusual drainage, or a foul smell coming from your mouth.
Thanks to the advent of dental laser technology, this procedure can be completed with much more comfort and convenience for our patients—as compared to having traditional gum surgery. Our laser is able to make incisions that are mere nanometers deep, vaporizing infected gum tissue and immediately cauterizing any incisions that are made. That means these procedures can be completed in significantly less time while minimizing bleeding and discomfort and reducing the recovery time.
Terry Soule, DDS, uses laser dentistry as part of his commitment to using technology to provide the highest level of comfortable care.
Oral Surgery in Orange City
The office of Terry Soule, DDS, is ready to put our expertise to use for you, serving all your oral health needs—including surgery. To learn more about our services, please call our Orange City office today at (386) 775-1552.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.