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Preparing At Home For Your Oral Surgery Appointment

  • March 11, 2017

If you need oral surgery, the last thing you want to do is hope the problem goes away on its own. Almost always, whatever dental problem that requires oral surgery will just get worse. That’s why you need to call the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania today at our Collegeville office (610-228-4366) or our Williamsport office (570-505-6908). Our dentists are highly skilled at using oral surgery procedures to save your smile.

While our dental team will do the work, there are a few things you can do at home to help make your oral surgery appointment go that much easier.

How Oral Surgery Can Help Your Smile

Many times, your dental problems can be fixed with restorative dentistry. However, here are some problems that only oral surgery from a qualified, trained dentist like ours can solve:

  • Your smile is overcrowded because you have too many teeth.
  • A baby tooth did not properly fall out like it should have.
  • You are replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant.
  • You are securing dentures with dental implants.
  • You have an infected tooth.
  • Gum disease will make a tooth fall out soon, and it’s better to control when and how it comes out.
  • Your jawbone needs to be strengthened.
  • You need healthy gum tissue added to your smile.
  • Your sinuses are preventing a dental implant from being placed.

By calling our Pennsylvania dentists today, you can make an appointment for oral surgery that can help resolve these dental problems. Given our dentists’ years of training and real-world experience, oral surgery at our Collegeville and Williamsport offices are routine and effective.

Making Your Oral Surgery Procedure Easier

As our dental team prepares for your oral surgery procedure, here are a few things you can do at home before your appointment to help your oral surgery go more smoothly.

Read all your instructions a few days beforehand.

You will likely get a list of pre-op and post-op instructions from our dental team. It’s very important to read all of these at least a few days before your oral surgery appointment. If not, you could stumble across an instruction that you don’t understand, or it’s too late to get it done now.

Avoid drinks and food starting eight hours before your appointment time.

Oral surgery might be routine for our dentists, but it’s still surgery. That’s why you need to skip food and drink beginning eight hours before your appointment. You can still take any prescription medication, and water is always allowed. Just skip the meals and snacks.

Hit the grocery store for soft and bland foods.

Because you’re basically fasting the night before, you are going to be hungry after your oral surgery procedure. But your mouth will probably be in no shape for a lot of regular foods. Anything chewy, tough, or spicy can aggravate your mouth. That’s why you need to buy soft, bland foods the day before. Yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes are often great choices.

Get some movies, shows, and books to enjoy while resting.

After your oral surgery, you’ll probably need some time at home to rest and heal. For many people, that can be profoundly boring! Instead of staring at the walls, pick out some movies, shows, or books to enjoy. This will encourage you to take it easy, which can help your mouth heal better.

Skip jewelry and makeup on the day of your oral surgery.

There’s really no need to dress up or put on makeup before coming to our Collegeville or Williamsport dental office. First, you need to focus on being comfortable. Second, any makeup will just rub off on our dental team as they do your oral surgery procedure. And along the same lines, please leave all earrings and facial piercings at home.

Get some cold packs in your freezer.

Depending on the exact nature of your oral surgery procedure, you will probably be told to use some pain relievers (either OTC or prescription). However, do not underestimate the power of a cold pack. Placed on the outside of your jaw, these can numb the area and reduce any swelling. However, cold packs do nothing if they’re not already cold. Make sure you have some in the freezer the night before your appointment.

Call our Collegeville dental office (610-228-4366) or our Williamsport dental office (570-505-6908) today and make your next appointment for oral surgery. With the training and experience of our dentists, you can finally get the dental care you need for a healthy smile.