At Lakewood Dental of Colorado, it is vital to us that our patients are informed along every step of their treatment. If so, they will be prepared and, most important, they can have the chance to ask questions. Therefore, future potential patients can check some information as a brief point for researching procedures and, at the same time, generate a list of items to ask during a consultation.
In case a patient requires anesthesia before surgery, there are some measures to take into account. For example, no patient should eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to surgery. Regarding smoking, the patient should have quit it for at least 12 hours before surgery. Also, patients undergoing anesthesia will need someone to take them to and from the operation. On the day of the appointment, no patient should wear any jewelry, dentures, or contact lenses. In the case of patients under regular medications, it is commendatory to discuss the prescriptions with the doctor in order to ensure they will be safe for the surgery. Apart from these relevant considerations, there is nothing else someone has to take care of before anesthesia.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
When considering some post-operative care in the case of wisdom tooth extraction, the primary goal is to reduce the chance of infection or other complications after the surgical procedure required. For instance, right after surgery, the doctor or the dental assistant will place a gauze pad over the extraction site, which should not be removed for a minimum 45 minutes, and then tossed after that. The patient is asked to avoid drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth. This to prevent a dislodge of the blood clot that has been formed.
It is also advisable to limit one’s activities for that day and reschedule them for the following day. The patient is supposed to take the prescribed pain medication to reduce the amount of soreness after the delivered anesthetic diminishes. Same as any other oral surgery, drinking through a straw is forbidden since doing so may create suction leading to a disrupt of the sutures.
After Dental Implant Surgery
When a dental implant is placed, professionals it is recommended to take some rest between 48 and 72 hours. Resting is necessary because it helps the healing process, limiting at the same time, the after surgery bleeding. A recovering patient should drink plenty of fresh fluids, taking care they are not too cold. It is also recommended to apply some ice on one’s face in twenty-minute intervals for the next two days after surgery.
In case of having received upper implants, a patient must not blow one’s nose for at least two weeks. If a patient suffers some insignificant bleeding for about two days after surgery should not worry about it. It is pretty standard feeling unease the first two days after undergoing surgery, but it generally gets better by the third day. Another common side effect of the operation is an increase in corporal temperature, about 1 to 2 degrees and it should not cause big concern. Eating is entirely possible for the patient when hungry; the only consideration is not chewing directly onto the bone replacement.
After Impacted Tooth
In modern dentistry, an impacted tooth concept starts with the situation of not having enough room in the dental arch to accommodate the rest of the teeth and, therefore, teeth growth is almost impossible. In these cases, it is expected to experience discomfort and even some swelling. No reason to panic since it is part of the process. And cold compresses may be used to relieve the swelling. Apart of it, the doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken according to instructions. It is also advisable for patients to modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing faster in the extraction area.
Multiple Tooth Extractions
Removing one or two teeth is rather a simple procedure. However, extracting multiple teeth implies that the jawbone will be shaped and removed in order to prepare itself for a denture. What can a patient experience after a multiple tooth extraction procedure? Within the first two days, it is expected to have reached the top swelling, not only inside the patient’s mouth but also in the area surrounding the eyes. The area above could also become discoloured, which can be treated with a warm compress. Usually, the muscles around the extraction place, sore after surgery, as a consequence the patient gets a sore throat. So far this is a standard side effect, as well as the corners of one’s mouth, bring a dry sensation as well as split from being stretched open during surgery. Generally, the dentist will keep track by scheduling with the patient again within 48 hours after surgery to check up any other post-surgery symptoms that the person might be undergoing.