March 1, 2017
Thanks to our dentists’ skill and experience, oral surgery at our Kansas City, MO dental office is routine. It can also be the one treatment option left to keep your mouth healthy and pain-free. That’s why you need to call us today at 816-399-5539 to schedule your next appointment. Our dentists can treat many dental problems without needing oral surgery, but they can help you if that’s what you need.
Why Oral Surgery Might Be What You Need
When is oral surgery your last, best hope for a healthy mouth? It can depend somewhat on each person’s unique case, but here are some typical reasons.
- You have a wisdom tooth that’s impacted or hitting your other molar.
- Your jawbone isn’t strong or thick enough to support a dental implant.
- You have a tooth too damaged by cavities to be saved.
- You have an infected tooth that cannot be saved.
- You are getting a dental implant to replace a lost tooth.
- You are about to lose a tooth due to gum disease or an accident.
By calling our Kansas City, MO dental office today, you can make an appointment to let our dentists see if there are any other options left. If not, you can schedule your oral surgery procedure to keep your smile healthy.
Preparing At Home For Your Oral Surgery Procedure
Once you know you’re getting oral surgery, there are a few things you can do at home to prepare for the procedure and make the aftercare go more smoothly.
– Put your jewelry away and lay out comfortable clothes.
You don’t need to “dress to impress” on the day of your appointment. Skip the makeup and take out any jewelry like earrings, noserings, or facial piercings to make sure these don’t get in the way of our dental team.
Likewise, pick out some clothes that feel really comfortable. You’ll be sitting back in one of our dental chairs for a bit, so whatever you can do to feel more comfy is a plus.
– Read any instructions you received and call us if they’re unclear.
Chances are, Dr. Stiver will give you some instructions about what to do before and after your oral surgery procedure. Don’t wait until the last minute to read these, as some might not make sense to you. Read any instructions carefully, and call us at 816-399-5539 if you have any questions.
– Skip all food and drink (except water or medicine) starting eight hour before your appointment begins.
This might depend on your oral surgery instructions, but you normally should not eat or drink anything for eight hours before you come into our Kansas City, MO dental office.
– Make sure there are some cold packs in your freezer.
Even if you get some pain medication, a cold pack on the outside of your jaw can help with any swelling or pain you might have afterward. However, they do little good if they’re not already cold. Make sure you have some cold packs, then put them in the freezer so they’ll be ready when you are.
– Get some shows, movies, books, etc. to pass the time while you heal.
You’re likely going to need some time to heal before you can get back to work. But there’s only so much you can sleep. To help pass the time and not get frustrated with boredom, line up some shows or books to enjoy while you’re resting. The last thing you need coming home from oral surgery is to have nothing to do.
– Buy a good supply of soft and bland foods to last a few days.
You’ll still need to eat, and doing so can keep up your strength and help you recover more quickly. However, your mouth will not be ready for any food that is chewy, tough, or spicy. All of that can aggravate the oral surgery site and cause you pain.
Unless you like the idea of hitting the grocery store after your appointment, stock up now on foods that are bland and soft. Mashed potatoes, yogurt, and simple soups are great choices.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment. Our dentists are trained in many restorative dentistry treatments, so they can often avoid oral surgery. But if that’s the best choice left, our dentists know how to do that effectively and safely.