Oral Surgery

Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA -  - Family Dentistry

Breton Family Dental

Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA

Family Dentistry located in Midtown, Phoenix, AZ

Some dental conditions need to be treated with more involved procedures, and sometimes that includes oral surgery. At Breton Family Dental in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona, Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA, and her team perform state-of-the-art oral surgery to give their patients happy and healthy smiles. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery is any surgical procedure performed on your teeth, gums, or oral tissues. The word “surgery” tends to make people think of general anesthesia, lengthy hospital stays, and “going under the knife,” but oral surgery is much different. 

Many oral surgeries are done on an outpatient basis in your dentist’s office and require little to no downtime or recovery afterward.

What are some examples of oral surgery?

Some examples of oral surgery include:

Wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that tend to come in between 17 and 21 years old. They frequently get impacted, or stuck beneath the gum line, necessitating an oral surgery called an extraction to remove them.

Orthodontic surgery

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on getting your teeth and jaw in proper alignment. While the most common orthodontic treatments involve oral appliances like traditional metal braces or Invisalign®, some orthodontic procedures use surgery to properly align your teeth or jaws. Dr. Peterkin refers you to a specialist for orthodontic surgeries. 

Pediatric tongue-tie release

Tongue-tie is an oral condition wherein a child’s lingual frenulum (the tissue connecting your tongue to the bottom of your mouth) is too short or tight, restricting their tongue’s range of motion and interfering with their ability to breastfeed. A pediatric tongue-tie release is an oral surgery that snips the lingual frenulum and frees up your child’s tongue. Dr. Peterkin also offers referrals for International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC).

How do I prepare for oral surgery?

Dr. Peterkin and her team of dental professionals are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your oral surgery. They can also compassionately walk you through the steps of your procedure so you feel more comfortable on the day of your surgery. 

Some important topics to discuss with Dr. Peterkin and the team before your surgery include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Any past health complications
  • Past tolerance of anesthesia
  • Medications you’re currently taking
  • What and when you can eat and drink before and after the procedure
  • Transportation to and from the procedure (if you’re getting sedation)

Dr. Peterkin and the team will also have particular aftercare instructions for your specific procedure. Knowing exactly how you’re supposed to care for your surgery site after your procedure decreases your recovery time and increases the success of your procedure, so be sure to ask Dr. Peterkin any questions you might have about aftercare. 

To learn more about how oral surgery can optimize your oral health, schedule a consultation today by calling the Breton Family Dental offices or booking a visit online.