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How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

February 27, 2015

179967086Knowing just what to expect before, during, and after oral surgery can put you on the road to a speedy recovery. Oral surgery is most often an outpatient procedure that requires local or general anesthesia. In most cases, you will be able to return home shortly after your operation with Dr. Koo’s approval. During your pre-surgery appointments, you are free to ask Dr. Koo any questions you have about, how to prepare for your oral surgery. Dr. Koo and his attentive dental team are ready to guide you through the process every step of the way. To discover the Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery difference for yourself, schedule an oral surgery consultation with Dr. Koo today. Dr. Koo is a top rated oral surgeon, now delivering quality, patient-centered oral care daily throughout the greater Houston area including: Stafford, Meyerland, Bellaire, Lamar Terrace, Galleria, Briargrove, Rice Military, Heights, Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, Hedwig Village, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

Before Oral Surgery Instructions:

  • Get A Ride: Before your appointment, finalize your transportation plans to and from surgery since you probably won’t be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
  • Fasting: You will be required to fast the night before the surgery. Most of the time, you won’t be able to eat or drink anything after midnight. However, you should eat breakfast if you are a diabetic.
  • Make A Space: You may have to spend a significant amount of time in bed after your surgery so set up extra pillows on the bed so that you can rest in a comfortable, reclining position. Try to find a variety of entertainment options to keep near your recovery space.

After Your Oral Surgery Instructions:

  • What NOT To Do: Avoid smoking while you’re recovering from oral surgery, as the sucking motion could cause bleeding or damage at the surgery site.
  • Dealing With Swelling: Swelling around the surgery site can occur. For 48 hours after your surgery, you should put an ice pack on that area for 15 minutes at a time.
  • Prevent Infection: After 24 hours, you should also start rinsing your mouth four times a day and after meals with salt water. Dr. Koo may also prescribe antibiotics or other medication to help you heal.
  • What To Eat: Always stick with soft foods, including soups and yogurts that are rich in Vitamin A or C, for the first two days.
  • What NOT To Eat: You should avoid any crunchy or hard foods, such as popcorn or pretzel sticks, for six to eight weeks. Just stick to foods that are room temperature, and don’t drink out of a straw or consume alcohol for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

Oral Surgery Facts You Might Not Know

History of Oral Surgery

  • Oral surgery practices were first developed during the Civil War. The Union and Confederate dentists experimented with facial reconstruction procedures on injured soldiers, and were first able to successfully perform oral surgeries.
  • In the 19th century, veterinary oral surgeons worked primarily on horses. In the 20th century, these surgeons began working on other animal’s teeth.

What Oral Surgeons Do

  • Oral surgeons repair cleft palates and remove benign tumors from the mouth, as well as perform tooth extractions and root canals.
  • Some oral surgeons perform complicated facial reconstructions or other cosmetic surgeries. These surgeries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Oral surgeons can also perform jaw surgery to correct serious overbites that cannot be corrected via orthodontics. They can also perform surgery to relieve pain from a chronic Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Oral Surgery and Dental Health

  • Sometimes oral surgery procedures can be covered by using a combination of dental insurance and health insurance.
  • If you have a tumor or a cleft palate, oral surgery can allow you to have a normal life or prevent you from serious complications.
  • If you are badly injured in an accident, oral surgeons can reconstruct your jaw and implant missing teeth.
  • If you need a dental bridge or dental implant, you’ll need an oral surgeon to help you.

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It may take up to 48 hours for all swelling and discomfort to dissipate after your oral surgery. During this phase of recovery, you’ll need to lie in bed as much as possible and avoid participating in any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. After the first 48 hours, you can expect to enter into a long term healing phase. The length of this phase varies based on surgery type. Wisdom tooth extractions and other common surgeries can take one to two weeks to completely heal, while any type of jaw surgery can take a month or more to heal. For the quality oral surgery you deserve, schedule an oral surgery consultation with Dr. Koo and Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today. Dr. Koo is a leading oral surgeon, now delivering superior care daily throughout the greater Houston, TX, area including: Stafford, Meyerland, Bellaire, Lamar Terrace, Galleria, Briargrove, Rice Military, Heights, Bunker Hill Village, Hunters Creek Village, Hedwig Village, Katy, and the neighboring cities.

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