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During your first appointment, our dental surgeons will assess your case thoroughly and they will help you to evaluate and understand risk factors, pros and cons before committing to an oral surgery procedure. In addition, if you tremble when hearing dentist and surgery in one sentence, remember that our sedation dentistry department offer several options to overcome your fears.
Removal of wisdom teeth is the most common oral surgery which usually happens during the late teens or early twenties. Other common causes for dental surgery are the removal of a single tooth due to tooth trauma, tooth decay, periodontal disease or to make room for adjacent teeth prior to an orthodontic procedure, and when dental implants are determined to be the best way to solve a problem.
Although Oral Surgery may become necessary at some point, the extraction of any tooth is usually the last treatment choice, and should only be considered after a thorough discussion of all treatment options. Oral surgery is usually limited in scope and careful attention to pre and post operative instructions eliminates most complications.
In doing so you may cause irritation, infection and/or bleeding. Always chew on the opposite side for 24 hours after the oral surgery and keep anything sharp from entering the wound (i.e. eating utensils etc.)
In order to prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or a cold towel to the outside of your face in the area of the dental extraction during the first 12 hours, and apply alternately, 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off, for an hour or longer if necessary.
When you leave the office, you will be given verbal instructions about how to control post-surgery bleeding.
A rolled up gauze pad will be placed on the dental extraction site and you will be asked to change this dressing every 20 minutes or so depending on the amount of bleeding that is occurring. It is normal for some blood to ooze from the area where the oral surgery was performed.
If you need to use a gauze at home, remember to roll it into a ball large enough to cover the wound. Hold firmly in place, by biting or apply gentle pressure with your fingers, for about 20 to 30 minutes.
If the wound keeps bleeding, you may fold a tea bag in half and bite down on it. Tea contains Tannic Acid, a styptic, which may help to reduce the bleeding.
If any prescription medication has been given to you, it should be taken as directed.
If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed until all are gone. If you experience any adverse reaction, stop using the medication and contact our office immediately.
If a dressing has been placed over the area after oral surgery, please do not disturb it. If small pieces of the dressing break off, do not be concerned.
If large portions of the dressing fall off and you are comfortable, replacement of the dressing is unnecessary.
Do not brush your teeth for the first 8 hours after any oral surgery procedure. After, you may brush your teeth gently, but avoid the area of surgery.
Avoid all rinsing for 24 hours after any dental extraction. This is to ensure the formation of a healing blood clot which is essential to proper wound healing. Disturbance of this clot can lead to increased bleeding or the loss of the blood clot. If the clot is lost, a painful condition called dry socket may occur. You may use warm salt water or mild antiseptic rinses after 24 hours only if prescribed.
Eat your regular meals as soon as you are able after surgery. Cold and soft food such as ice cream or yogurt may be the most comfortable for the first day. Remember to drink plenty of water.
Avoid spicy, salty and excessively hot foods and liquids. Please DO NOT drink alcoholic beverages during the next 4 to 5 days after surgery.
Do not spit or suck through a straw, because this will promote bleeding and may dislodge the blood clot causing a dry socket.
Smoking promotes bleeding which will delay healing of the area affected by the procedure.
Please, we highly recommend avoid smoking at least for the first 12 hours after the oral surgery procedure.