What will the recovery time be after removing my wisdom teeth?

In most cases, the recovery time after wisdom teeth removal is just a few days. Taking the prescribed medications and following all instructions will be helpful to a speedy recovery and prevention of any problems. For more information click here.

What Does a Dry Socket feel like?

A dry socket occurs after an extraction when the blood clot has dissolved, exposing the bone to air. It is normal to have some pain and possible swelling for at least 2 days after the extraction. However, if after the third day you have increasing pain, you need to be seen by your Doctor. The placing of a medicated dressing effectively reduces or eliminates the pain. For more information click here.

Will I need to take medications after my surgical procedure?

Medications will be prescribed on an individual basis as deemed necessary by your Doctor. Usually, analgesic medication is prescribed as needed for pain and antibiotics are sometimes given to prevent infection.

Can I eat or drink before coming in for my procedure?

Depending on what type of sedation you are having, if any, you may have limitations on eating or drinking. If you are having surgery with just Novacaine, then you have no restrictions on eating or drinking. If you are having IV Sedation for your surgery, there is no eating or drinking for 6 hours prior to your procedure. Clear liquids such as water and apple juice can be consumed up to 2 hours prior to the procedure. If you are having Nitrous Oxide with or without an oral sedative, there is no eating 2 to 3 hours prior to your procedure and clear liquids are allowed up to 2 hours prior to your appointment. For more information click here.

Do I need an escort with me for my surgical procedure?

If you are having local anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide for your procedure, you are fine to drive yourself to and from our office. If you are taking oral sedatives prior to your procedure or having IV sedation, you will need an escort. Certain sedatives cause post procedural drowsiness and you will need someone to be with you so we can properly go over all postoperative instructions and medications.

Will I have to discontinue using Aspirin or Blood Thinners before my surgical procedure?

If your Physician has prescribed you any aspirins or blood thinners (i.e. Plavix, Coumadin), we ask that you contact them and see if you can discontinue the medication and if so, for what length of time. Aspirins and Blood Thinners may cause excessive bleeding during and after the procedure. Please find listed some medications, vitamins and herbs that increase bleeding:

  • Aspirin 81mg (Baby Aspirin) 325mg (Regular Aspirin)
  • Plavix (Clopidogrel)
  • Coumadin (Warfarin)
  • Aggrenox
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Fish Oils (if taken in high dosages)

Will I set off metal detectors after getting dental implants?

Dental implants are made of titanium which is not a dense metal; therefore you will not set off any metal sensors or detectors at airports. For more information click here.

Where does the bone for a graft come from?

The best type of bone is your own bone (autogenous), but there are other materials made from the bone of human cadavers or cows, that are safe, successful substitutes. Synthetic materials may occasionally be used. A combination of the different bone materials may sometimes be indicated. Your surgeon will discuss your options, risks and benefits with you at the time of your consultation appointment. For more information click here.