Oral surgery is a routine procedure these days, and dentists are both highly trained and experienced in it. More importantly, oral surgery can help you finally get on the road to having a healthy, beautiful smile. However, there are a few things you should do before and after your oral surgery appointment at our Nashua, NH dental office. These will help make your procedure successful.
Why You Might Need Oral Surgery
There are several reasons why you might need oral surgery. If you are getting a dental implant, placing the artificial root in your jawbone is oral surgery. If your jawbone is unhealthy or your sinuses are too low, bone grafts and sinus lifts can help alleviate those problems. If a tooth is too damaged or infected to save, a dental extraction is an oral surgery procedure to safely remove the tooth.
Preparing Before Oral Surgery
- Read over your instructions and call our Nashua, NH dental office with any questions. You’ll meet with our dental team before any oral surgery procedure. At that time, you’ll get a list of instructions you should follow to make your oral surgery successful. Be sure to read these thoroughly. If you have any questions when you get home, call us immediately.
- Buy cold packs and put them in the freezer. Cold pack can really come in handy reducing pain and swelling after oral surgery. If you don’t have any, buy some and put them in the freezer before you forget.
- Buy some foods that are soft and mostly bland. You’ll need to eat to keep up your strength, but tough and spicy foods can literally hurt after oral surgery. Instead, buy some soft, bland foods you like. It could take a few days before you can eat normally.
- Take off all jewelry and leave makeup off. You can always keep on a wedding ring, but please remove all jewelry, including any facial piercings. You also won’t need any makeup.
- Put out some comfortable clothes to wear on your oral surgery day. Part of making oral surgery successful is by making sure you are comfortable in the chair. That’s why you would wear soft, comfortable clothes on the day of your oral surgery.
- Line up some books, TV shows, and movies to enjoy. You could be resting at home for a while after your oral surgery. Make sure you have plenty of things to do so you don’t get too bored. Get some shows and movies ready, or finally read that book you’ve been talking about starting for months.
- Avoid all food or drink (except medicine or water) starting eight hours before your oral surgery. As with any surgery, you cannot eat or drink starting eight hours before your appointment. You can still take medicine
What To Do After Oral Surgery
- Make sure your post-op instructions are clear. You’ll either be given this list before your surgery or right after it’s done. Either way, read all of the instructions and make sure they are clear to you.
- Eat the soft, bland foods you bought earlier. You won’t feel like eating right after surgery, and that’s fine. Eventually, you will need to eat. Keep your meals small and rely on those soft, bland foods you bought earlier.
- Do not use any tobacco products for a while. Tobacco in any form (even vapes) will reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. That means your healing process will take longer. In order to heal properly after oral surgery, avoid tobacco.
- Do not drink from straws until healed. Sucking on a straw puts pressure on the inside of your mouth. If you have any sutures or stitches on your gums, these can get ripped out. It’s very important to not use any straws until after you have healed up.
- Use cold packs and any pain relievers (without aspirin) to manage any pain. It’s normal to have some pain after oral surgery. Our dentists will advise you on what medicines are best for your case. Cold packs are a great way to both control your pain and reduce any swelling right afterward.
Bone grafts, sinus lifts, dental extractions, and more can help your dental health in ways no other treatment can. With a little preparation, you can help ensure your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible. If you would like more information about oral surgery and how it can help you, call us today at 603-546-7460.