Oral surgery can be used to resolve a wide range of dental health problems,
from impacted canines to oral cancer. Before your procedure, your
St. Louis oral surgeon will review the details of the procedure with you and help you prepare
for surgery and recovery. As your oral surgery date approaches, here is
an overview of what you can expect.
Depending on your type of surgery, your dentist may ask you to have some
medical testing done to ensure you don't have any health problems
that could interfere with healing. He or she may also work with your primary
care doctor to alter your medication schedule for the days leading up
to surgery. On the night before your procedure, be sure to follow your
dentist's prep instructions very closely, especially in terms of fasting.
If you make a mistake with your preparation instructions, tell your dentist
right away, as your procedure may need to be rescheduled.
Your dentist will start by giving you anesthesia. You may receive a local
anesthetic with a sedative or general anesthesia, depending on the nature
of your procedure.
Oral surgery lengths vary depending on the case. After recovering from your anesthesia,
you will need someone to drive you home.
After your surgery, take your pain medications and antibiotics as prescribed
by your dentist. You will need to stick to a soft food diet for a few
days. Talk to your dentist about when it is safe to incorporate hard or
sticky foods back into your eating plan. It's essential that you avoid
smoking while recovering, as the sucking motion can damage the surgical
site. Your dentist will tell you when you can resume your normal activities.
Expect full healing to take two weeks to a month, depending on your type