Oral Surgical Procedures
Our goal is to provide our patients with oral surgical procedures using the latest technology and advancements to ensure your needs are met, all for an affordable price. We understand that for some, oral surgery can bring anxiety. When you come to us there’s no need to worry. Our professional surgical team is adept at making your visit as comfortable as possible! Depending on your needs, we will help you to decide if the procedure should be performed under intravenous sedation or local anesthesia.
For most procedures we will request a panoramic x-ray. It is important that these x-rays are current, however, the panoramic can be taken in our office if not provided. This specialized x-ray will show Dr. Kingston the position and condition of all your teeth, upper and lower jaws, jaw joints and sinuses. This x-ray will also show the location of nerve tracts in the lower jaw, impacted teeth, and any areas of pathology. As a courtesy, after each procedure, we provide your general dentist with a letter informing them of the procedure performed and enclose a copy of the panoramic x-ray taken in our office.
We strive to stay on schedule and minimize your wait time, but certain circumstances may lengthen a scheduled procedure time. We greatly appreciate your patience!
Patients having procedures performed with intravenous sedation should have nothing to eat or drink a minimum of 6 hours prior to the procedure. A driver should also be arranged for your appointment.
Care of the Mouth after Oral Surgery
- Apply firm biting pressure on gauze pack for 45 minutes
- Remove packs. Slight bleeding is normal for 1st 24 hours.
- If bleeding persists wipe sockets clean of blood clots, place fresh gauze packs over tooth sockets and keep in place 45 minutes under biting pressure. It may be necessary to repeat several times. allow the blood tinged saliva that accumulates while you are biting on the packs to run to the corners of the mouth and wipe with a clean cloth. Do not spit or rinse mouth for 24 hours. It is not unusual to have blood on pillow for 1-2 days.
- DO NOT smoke, eat or drink anything hot today.
- Cold liquids are recommended when bleeding has subsided. DO NOT drink anything through a straw.
- A soft diet is recommended the first two days.
- On the second day rinse mouth with mouth wash and peroxide, in a 50/50 mixture, or use warm salt water rinses.
- Slight swelling or some bruising may be expected on the day following extractions.
- If swelling is still increasing on the fourth day, call the office. 610-868-2512
- Use an ice bag after extractions for the first two days.
- If you had a IV sedition you may not drive or be unescorted for 24 hours as drowsiness may last up to 24 hours.
- Pain medication sometimes causes drowsiness and should not be taken before driving or working.
- If you were given an irrigating syringe, start using it the third day after surgery to keep the sockets clean. Fill it with warm water and irrigate any open sockets gently, especially after eating.
- If you are in doubt as to the instructions or worried about your condition, contact the office. 610-868-2512
- If stitches are used, they will dissolve in 5 to 10 days.
Call today to schedule an appointment for consultation.
We’ll work with you to ensure your visit is as painless and comfortable as possible.