Posted on 3/23/2018 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
|General dentists can perform many procedures such as a simple tooth extraction. However, oral surgeons are required to get additional training after four years of dental school, plus a surgical hospital residency program.
Our oral surgeons can handle complicated procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, removing a difficult tooth with deep roots, fitting dental implants to replace missing teeth amongst others procedures. To ascertain that the procedure is carried out correctly, you need to ensure that you and your oral surgeon are on the same page. Here are questions to ask.
Nature of the ProcedureThe first thing you need to do is to find out from our oral surgeon is about the nature of the procedure. You need to determine how long it will take and how extensive the procedure will be. This is important when you need to make plans to have a friend pick or colleague you up from our offices.
Our oral surgeon should be able to share all the relevant information on how the procedure will be carried out. Find out how long it will take to recover so that you can make arrangement to take a break from work or school.
Medication and NutritionOur oral surgeon will also provide useful information regarding nutrition and medication. Some medications like antihistamines, sedatives, antidepressants, pain medication, antacids, can adversely affect the state of your oral health. If you are taking medication find out how it could affect your recovery.
You will be advised to take foods that don't encourage bleeding to prevent complications during your recovery period. Our oral surgeon can also answer specific questions on nutrition.
Risks and ComplicationsEvery surgery has its risks and complications. People with conditions such as diabetes may be more prone to infections and complications. You need to find out from the oral surgeon the extent of the risk associated with any given procedure. If you need to see an oral dentist, call our friendly help desk today.