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Preparing for Surgery

Follow our instructions below in order to make sure your treatment goes smoothly.

Anesthesia for Dental Procedures

There are a few steps that patients need to take prior to anesthesia.  First, you should not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours prior to surgery and refrain from smoking 12 hours prior to surgery. You will need someone to accompany you to the surgery and drive you home after. On the day of surgery, do not wear any jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures. If you regularly take medications, discuss those with the doctor to ensure that they are approved prior to surgery. Other than these simple considerations, there is nothing else you need to do to prepare for surgery.

After Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day.  Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.

Dental Implant Surgery

After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take at easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the bone graft.

Impacted Tooth Extractions

A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch and growth becomes impossible.  After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.

PDFs

New Patient Forms – DHCG
Care for At Home Whitening
How to Wear a Night Guard
Children’s Teeth Care: Xylitol
Wearing and Caring for your TMJ Splint
How to Take Care of Your Teeth
About Fluoride Treatments and MIP Trays
How to Care for your Temporary and Trial Veneers
Why you should only have a cosmetic dentist do Botox and Dermal fillers
Post Operative Instructions for Bone Graft Patients
How to Care for your Teeth Bonding Procedure
Post Operation Instructions for Trigger Points

Testimonials
Hannah T.
The office visit experience was professional when I was with the Hygienist, Rhonda, and when I was with the dentist, Steven. They are doing everything right for the patient. The visit included wait time and form completion and the friendly bantering was relaxing and friendly.
Leslie P.
The only thing I would change is to somehow have found this place years and years ago. Not only is the dental care first class but so is the atmosphere, created by the entire staff. You walk in the door and friendly people greet you by name. Everyone is helpful and energetic.
Patricia R.
The staff at Jeff Rosenberg's office are always authentic, real, and committed to their work on the team. Jeff thinks outside the box and works outside the box to do whatever he can to help us with our teeth and our smiles. They are more like family, really.... and it's always nice to have a dentist in the family, right?

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