Getting oral surgery may seem like a scary process, but it’s not as bad as you think. Whether you’re getting a wisdom teeth removal, a dental implant, a tooth extraction, or anything else along those lines, proper preparation before and after oral surgery will help you heal faster and feel less pain during your recovery. After the hundreds of operations our oral surgeons in Southeast Michigan have completed, we’ve got a pretty clear idea of what you can expect before and after oral surgery. Here’s a look at what’s in store for you.
Before Oral Surgery – The Consultation
Before you are ever scheduled to come in for oral surgery, you will speak with an oral surgeon about your dental health and treatment options. During the consultation, the surgeon will go over different procedures that may correct your current issues, along with the pros and cons of each of them. Here at our Macomb County dentist office, we encourage patients to ask plenty of questions during their consultations so they can be well informed about their health and treatment. Feel free to ask whatever you want at this time.
Before Oral Surgery – The Treatment Plan
During or after your consultation, your oral surgeon will set up a treatment plan that is tailored specifically for you. This will include plans for anesthesia, which the doctor will discuss with you prior to surgery. Most procedures are performed under general anesthesia, so you feel minimal pain during the surgery.
During Oral Surgery – What You Feel
Depending on the type of oral surgery you go through, you may or may not be awake during the procedure. If you are conscious, your mouth will be numbed to keep discomfort levels to a minimum. The oral surgeon will complete the treatment plan as outlined above, and then a trained member of the dental staff will discuss your at-home care plan with you.
After Oral Surgery – The Recovery
As we mentioned above, you will be taught how to take care of your mouth after surgery so you can heal quickly and feel the least amount of pain possible. You may be asked to avoid certain foods, drinks, or activities after your surgery, depending on the procedure you go through. For example, patients who smoke run the risk of experiencing dry socket after a tooth extraction. Your dentist may ask you to avoid cigarettes and keep smoking to an absolute minimum to protect your teeth and gums.
You may be sent home with a prescription for pain killers if your specific oral surgery requires extensive recovery. If you come in for a minor surgery or one that is not invasive, simple rest and over the counter medications may be sufficient for your needs. You can discuss all of this with your oral surgeon at the time of care so you can be best prepared for your recovery.