Helping Make Your Oral Surgery Go Smoothly
Many times, you can get your dental problems fixed without needing any surgery. Fillings for cavities, dental crowns for chips, and so on both repair damage and beautify your smile. But there are cases when oral surgery cannot be avoided.
At least, it should not be avoided. It may be tempting to skip the needed work, but that only lets the problem grow worse. For example, that chronic toothache is likely a sign you have an infected tooth. Ignore it for too long, and that infection can spread causing inflammation across your body.
Call our Roseville, CA dental office today at 916-945-9985 to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Miller is your Roseville dentist with the training and experience to know when oral surgery can be avoided — and when it’s your best option for a healthy mouth.
When Oral Surgery Is Needed
Probably the most common reason you need oral surgery is that you have a tooth that needs to be removed. These dental extractions are rare, but they can really help keep your mouth healthy. Here are some specific reasons why you might need to get oral surgery.
- A tooth was damaged too severely by a sports injury or accident.
- You are getting a dental implant to replace a lost tooth.
- You have a wisdom tooth that’s creating dental health problems.
- Gum disease has gotten so bad that a tooth is about to fall out anyway.
- A cavity eroded too much of the enamel to make the tooth healthy again.
- Your jawbone is weak and needs help.
By calling Advanced Dental Concepts today, you can get a dental exam from our Roseville dentist. Once complete, Dr. Miller will explain your treatment options and why an oral surgery procedure might be your best option.
Preparations For Before Your Oral Surgery
If you do have an oral surgery procedure planned, here are some things you can do at home to make your surgery go more smoothly.
Don’t eat or drink for eight hours before your appointment.
Oral surgery is still surgery, so you will likely have to show up with an empty stomach. That means you shouldn’t eat or drink anything starting eight hours before you’re expected to show up at our Roseville, CA dental office. You can always have plain water and take any prescribed medications.
Stock up today on soft, bland foods for when you get back home.
After that fasting, you’re going to need to eat. Besides, you need to keep up your strength so your body can recover more quickly. But your mouth won’t be able to handle foods that are tough, chewy, or spicy. That can just make the healing process slower.
Since you won’t want to hit the supermarket after oral surgery, go there before your appointment and buy some foods that are soft and bland, such as mashed potatoes and yogurt.
Read any instructions a few days before your appointment.
Chances are, you’ll receive a set of instructions for before and after your oral surgery. These are important, but they might have something you’re unfamiliar with. That’s why you need to read all instructions thoroughly a few days beforehand. If you are unsure of anything, call our Roseville dentist at 916-945-9985 and ask for a clarification.
Line up some shows, movies, games, or books to help pass the time.
Although everyone reacts differently to oral surgery, you’ll need some downtime afterward. You’ll be a bit weak, and your mouth will need a rest so it can heal. Such stretches of time can be boring, so plan ahead. Get some shows, movies, games, or books ready to enjoy while you’re resting.
Lay out comfortable clothes the night before, and skip any jewelry or makeup.
There’s no need to “dress to impress” heading into your oral surgery procedure. The most important thing is for you to be comfortable, as you’ll be in our chair for a while. Pick out a comfortable outfit the night before so there’s one less thing to worry about in the morning.
Also, there’s no need for makeup or jewelry on the day of your oral surgery procedure. Those just get in the way. You can leave on any rings, of course, but please remove any earrings or facial piercings.
Call Advanced Dental Concepts today at 916-945-9985 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. Dr. Miller is your Roseville dentist who can help you avoid oral surgery. But if that’s not possible, you can know that Dr. Miller is well trained and experienced in these procedures to help you finally get healthy again.