Currently scheduled for your first oral surgery appointment? When you know exactly what to expect when you are in need of any kind of dental surgery, it is simply going to make for a much smoother process. The majority of patients who need surgery do so on an outpatient basis, which means that not too long after the surgery is completed you will soon be on your way home to recover. While it is essential for you to carefully follow the dentist’s post-op instructions in order to recover successfully, it is also important for you to know what to do before going in for the surgery.
The majority of oral surgeries involve tooth extractions (including impacted wisdom teeth), jaw alignment corrections, replacing missing or damaged teeth, installing dental implants and removing excess tissue from sleep apnea patients.
We welcome any questions you have regarding the dental surgery process.
Preparation is key to a successful dental surgery outcome
Those who are prepared for their upcoming dental surgery are much more likely to have a successful outcome. Depending on the type of surgery is going to ultimately determine the overall preparation process.
- Be sure to tell the dentist about both past and current health conditions
- Be sure to tell the dentist about any drugs, prescriptions currently being taken
- Be sure to discuss all available anesthesia options
- Fasting may be a requirement
- Be sure to get a good night’s sleep
- Be sure to schedule a ride to and from the dental office
- Be sure to brush and floss well
- Do not wear any jewelry
- Do not wear any makeup
- Do not wear any perfumes
- Do not wear any contact lenses
- Make sure all hair is pulled back and out of the way
A little after surgery advice:
- Find a comfortable place to rest
- Use an ice pack for any swelling
- Eating soft foods is recommended for a few days after the surgery
- Avoid eating spicy or acidic foods
- Rinsing the mouth a few times a day with salt water is suggested
- Take any prescribed antibiotics as directed
- Do not drive for at least two days
- Do not smoke! Do not use a straw!
We fully understand that dental patients can feel a little apprehensive when it comes to their first oral surgery appointment. Understanding the process allows the patient to have more control when it comes to both preparation and recovery, and that is why we are always available for your surgery-related questions. Thinking about the end result can assist with any nerves, as once the surgery is complete you have taken a necessary step towards your overall good oral health. Good for you!
Please feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have regarding the dental surgery process. We always have the time to answer our patients’ questions.
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