Oral surgery encompasses a variety of different treatments that require operating on your teeth, gums, or jaw. There’s oral surgery for cleaning away a severe tooth infection, for replacing missing teeth, and for removing teeth that aren’t erupting properly. Here are three things you should know about getting oral surgery.
1. You may need to bring a family member or friend
Depending on what kind of oral surgery you’re getting, you may be put under sedation. In some cases, you might not be able to drive yourself home after your appointment, so it’s best to have a friend or family member with you to take you home. Call in those favors so you can be ready to go once your oral surgery is complete!
2. Don’t let the fear of pain stop you from getting needed treatment
We know that the thought of oral surgery can seem scary, but remember that you’re doing it to protect your dental health. There are many precautions in place to help prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. There’s local anesthetic and there’s dental sedation. Additionally, there are over-the-counter painkillers you can take during recovery. It’s all manageable and any discomfort you feel afterward will lessen with time.
3. It’s important to follow eating instructions during recovery
Either before or after your oral surgery, our team will give you some instructions about what you should and shouldn’t eat as you recover from the procedure. These rules include sticking to soft foods and avoiding hard, crunchy foods. It’s important to adhere to these rules to ensure the area heals as easily and quickly as possible. You also don’t want to damage your mouth as the local anesthesia is still wearing off.
Oral Surgery in Corvallis, OR
Have more questions about oral surgery? Contact Drs. Rose or Jason Greyslak for answers. We offer root canal therapy, dental implants, bone grafts, tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal. Our local dental practice is comfortable and conveniently located. We look forward to seeing you!