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What procedures require an oral surgery follow up?

I'm 30 and I'm supposed to have one of my teeth replaced. Does this procedure require a follow up with an oral surgeon?

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The surgeon needs to have a follow-up if he himself treated you. Otherwise, it's not needed.
Different doctors will have different types of follow up appointments. The smaller more personal oral surgeons will have keep a closer watch on your procedure vs. the bigger chain oral surgeons. You will have less follow up appointments with the latter.
Usually you go back 3-4 months later, but it depends on the type of implant procedure.
There are a few options for tooth replacement depending on the situation and configuration:

1. Is a removable partial denture. A fake tooth on a framework that you wear. Make sure there is no metal. This is the least expensive option.
2. This is called a bridge. This is a fake tooth that is attached to the teeth ahead and behind. Again no metal. Be advised that the teeth ahead and behind need to be strong enough and
must be reshaped or shaved down to allow room for bridge
3. The other option is a dental implant. Make sure again no metal. There are ceramic implants that are more biocompatible and better for your body. This is a new root and tooth that looks and acts like the real thing.
4. Not replacing the tooth is an option if finances and logistics are a concern.

Esthetics and function are what matters most.
Good luck.
Implants require one or two follow up visits
If what you’re going to do is a dental implant then it would be a good idea to see the quality and quantity of bone it might be necessary to place the implant. Otherwise if you’re doing a permanent fixed bridge then it won’t be necessary to see the oral surgeon

Best Regards,
Dr. Mark Berkowitz
That all depends upon how you are having the tooth replaced. If you are replacing a tooth with a bridge, then there is no follow up. If you are having an implant placed, then you will need to follow up with whoever places the implant.
I usually have my patients follow up after extractions, bone grafts, implants or any surgeries. Especially if you are placing an implant to replace your tooth, it is important to follow up with a dentist or oral surgeon. The highest failure rate for implants is in the first few months so we want to make sure everything is healing well and there is no infections.
Follow up by an oral surgeon is usually done after extraction or other oral surgery procedure. To have a tooth replaced you will see a prosthodontist. He or she will explain all that is involved including need for follow up.
If you are having an implant placed, there are different ways to do the implant procedure. If you are having a tooth extracted and an implant placed. You may have your natural tooth extracted, and depending on the condition of your extracted tooth SITE, you may have the some bone matrix material placed around your implant and the base of your implant is inserted into your jaw bone. This implant base may be covered over with your gum tissue. Depending on how long it takes for your implant and your natural bone to grow around your implant, your implant is recovered and the part of your tooth that will be in your mouth is completed. The dentist who removes your natural tooth and places your implant base may be an oral surgeon and then your dentist who will place the part of the tooth that will be in your mouth may be the same dentist. The dentist who places your implant base may want to see you. The most important job you have is to keep your implant clean. Like your natural teeth,your implant base in your bone can get gum disease if it is not cared for. Ask your dentist(s), how you should take care of it.