Preparing At Home For Your Oral Surgery Appointment

Oral surgery is thankfully routine at our Rochester, MN dental office. More importantly, it could be the one dental treatment you need to keep your smile healthy.

Call us today at 507-216-6252 to schedule your next appointment. Our dentists are expertly trained in oral surgery procedures. Although such procedures are routine, there are a few things you can do at home to make your appointment go that much smoother.

Reasons For Oral Surgery

At Northwest Dental Group, our dentists are skilled at finding ways to avoid oral surgery. If a dental problem can be solved without it, then that’s usually the best treatment to use. However, the goal is to keep your smile healthy, so there are times when oral surgery is the best treatment option on the table. These include:

  • An infection made a tooth brittle, and you need a dental extraction.
  • A wisdom tooth is hurting your smile.
  • You are getting dental implants to replace lost teeth.
  • Your sinuses need to be moved so you can get dental implants.
  • Your jawbone is weak and you need a bone graft.
  • The ridge in your jawbone where teeth are found need to be strengthened or reshaped.

By calling Northwest Dental Group today at 507-216-6252, you can get oral surgery that will correct these problems and more.

Preparations For Your Oral Surgery Procedure

Here are some preparations you can make at home to help your oral surgery appointment go more smoothly.

Buy some cold packs and make sure they’re in your freezer.

You will probably be given a prescription for pain medication after your oral surgery, but sometimes the old ways are still great. A cold pack placed outside your jaw can reduce swelling and numb the area. However, these are useless unless you have some already cold. Go buy some if you don’t have any and make sure to put them in your freezer.

Stock up on bland foods that are soft and easy to eat.

Of course, you’re going to need to eat after surgery. But your gums and mouth will likely be a bit sore from the oral surgery procedure. Any foods that are spicy, chewy, or tough could hurt too much to be worth it. Before your appointment, go to the store and stock up on foods that are bland and easy to eat like yogurt and mashed potatoes.

Get some movies, games, and books ready for your time off.

After your oral surgery appointment is complete, you’ll need some time to rest and heal. But that can be boring without something to pass the time. That’s why you should line up some things to do like games, books, and movies. You’ll keep your mind busy while giving your body time to heal up.

Avoid makeup and jewelry, and lay out some comfortable clothes.

On the day of your oral surgery procedure, you need to feel as comfortable as possible. After all, there’s no need to “dress to impress.” The night before, you should lay out some comfortable clothes to wear to our Rochester, MN dental office. Along the same lines, you won’t need any makeup or jewelry like earrings, necklaces, or piercings. (Rings on your fingers are just fine.)

Pass on all food and drink starting eight hours before your appointment.

Oral surgery is still surgery, so you should be coming into that appointment with an empty stomach. To that end, you should avoid all food and drink starting eight hours before your appointment begins. You can always drink water and take prescription medication.

Read all pre- and post-op instructions a few days beforehand.

You will probably get a list of instructions from our dentists detailing other things you should (or should not) do before and after your oral surgery procedure. Be sure to read any pre-op and post-op instructions thoroughly at least one day beforehand. This way, you can still call Northwest Dental Group if you need any of those instructions explained or clarified.

Call us TODAY at 507-216-6252 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment. Again, our dentists are trained in many dental treatments that can avoid the need for oral surgery. But if it cannot be avoided, then at least you know how to prepare better for it.