Dr. Dorociak is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame.
The following are some guidelines to follow after some common dental procedures. If you have any questions, please call our office.
Oral surgery may be required for a variety of reasons. You may have an impacted tooth trapped in the jawbone or a tooth that is poorly positioned and damaging neighboring teeth. It is especially common to have these types of problems with growing wisdom teeth. Oral surgery is also necessary for the placement of dental implants and for a few types of gum treatments.
After surgery, it is normal for the area to be tender for the first few days but, in most cases, over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. You should avoid aspirin because it thins the blood and can make your mouth bleed. In some cases your doctor may suggest prescription painkillers. Whatever your method of pain relief, be sure to start taking it immediately after surgery—don't wait until pain sets in. It's far easier to prevent pain than to make it go away.
Here are some steps you can take following surgery to promote the healing process:
In most cases, if you follow the after-care instructions our office gives you, you will heal quickly and without complication. However, you should contact us if you experience any of the following:
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