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Tips to Help You Prepare for Dental Surgery

If your dentist has advised you to have dental surgery (e.g. extraction, implant placement, grafting), preparing for the procedure and knowing what to expect can be of immense help to you during and after the surgery

It is important to understand that dental surgery presents both benefits and risks; therefore, communication is needed to understand why this treatment is crucial for you, how the surgery will be carried out, what to expect, and how to recover.

Here are some ways you can prepare for a dental surgery.

  1. During your initial consultation, make sure to discuss the procedure being performed with your dentist. Also, confirm the date, time and location of the surgery.

  2. Make sure that all your medical records, tests, and x-rays have been sent to the dentist or dental specialist if the treatment is being performed in a different location.

  3. Discuss the mode of payment with your dentist and also bring all your dental insurance information on the day of surgery.

  4. If you have any questions, make sure to write them down on a piece of paper, so you can easily discuss them with your dentist.

  5. Your dentist, dental surgeon or other dental practitioner will discuss with you the type of anesthesia to be used for the surgery, but you should confirm this with the dentist.

  6. Make sure your dentist knows if you are currently taking any medications and/or supplements, and any known drug allergies or reactions.

  7. If you have previously undergone any surgery or have any artificial joints, you should bring it to the attention of your dentist/dental surgeon prior to the surgery. You will likely need to take antibiotics prior to the start of surgery.

  8. Ask your dentist about the type of pain medication you will need after the surgery and how to take it properly. Also, don’t forget to ask about the side effects of any medications the dentist prescribes you.

  9. Prior to the surgery, if you are having a form of sedation with your procedure, make sure to arrange for a loved one to accompany you on the day of your procedure and drive you back home.

  10. If you are a smoker, ask your dentist if any precautionary measures are needed after the surgery. Some may recommend that you stop smoking up to one week prior to surgery and not resume until at least one week following.

  11. Cold compresses are a common pain and swelling remedy after the surgery, so make sure you have these available the day before the surgery.

  12. Ask your dentist how much time would it take to fully recover and what to do or avoid to recover best and quickly. Also, make sure to ask your dentist any dietary restrictions you are required to stick to after the surgery (especially for diabetics).

And finally, you should make sure you completely understand all aspects of the treatment, before, during and after. If you are confused or unsure about anything, ask your dentist again. Remember, your dentist or dental surgeon’s recommendations may be different than the ones listed above. Each individual patient has unique needs and requirements, so never hesitate to ask your dentist questions pertaining to your individual circumstances.

We also offer several procedures that require surgery (TMJ etc.), however we make sure that these are performed in a painless manner. If you think you require dental surgery or have issues with your teeth, please get in touch with us today. Please feel free to give us a call at (301) 917-3844 to speak to a representative. You can also like our Facebook page for latest updates and tips on how to keep your teeth in a good condition.