Surgical, Pre and Post Op Instructions

Before Anesthesia

There are a few steps that patients should take prior to anesthesia.

  1. Do not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours prior to surgery
  2. Refrain from smoking 12 hours prior to surgery.
  3. Make arrangements to have someone to accompany you to the surgery and drive you home after.
  4. On the day of surgery, do not wear any jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures.
  5. If you regularly take medications, discuss those with the doctor in advance to ensure that they are approved prior to surgery.

After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications.

  1. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that.
  2. Limit your activities on the day surgery will take place. You can resume your regular activities the following day.
  3. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off.

After dental implant surgery

It is recommended that you take it easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold.
  2. Apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery or as directed by our staff.

If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two (2) weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. You may also experience an increase of about 1 to 2 degrees in your body temperature, however it is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly over the area where you have had a bone graft.

After Impacted Tooth Extraction

After surgery you can expect some mild discomfort and swelling. This is part of the healing process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.

Multiple Tooth Extractions

The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure:

  • Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well.
  • The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress.
  • The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat.
  • The corners of your mouth may become dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery.

This is normal. In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.

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