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In some instances, oral surgery can be performed during the same visit as the consultation. Regardless, patients will need to provide their full medical history and discuss their dental situation at length for us to determine if this would be beneficial. In some cases, we may suggest a secondary appointment for treatment, depending on the specific needs of the patient.
At the initial consultation appointment, we recommend patients provide the following:
- Medical insurance card
- Dental insurance card
- Valid photo identification
- List of medications presently taken regularly, if any
It is important that patients under the age of 18 be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent during their first consultation and any following surgical and follow-up visits. We also recommend that patients with certain medical conditions (artificial heart valves, artificial joints, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) and regular medications please notify us of this before any kind of surgery.
If you are interested in booking an appointment or have any questions regarding our schedule, contact us at (510) 574-0496 today.
For patients who are utilizing their insurance coverage, please remember that you are fully responsible for the charges at this office regardless of what insurance will cover. However, most insurance companies respond to our claim submissions within four to six weeks, and any remaining balance after coverage is the responsibility of the patient.
- CT Scan Consent
- Informed Consent
- Implant Crown Consent Form
- Consent Sinus Lift + Implant
- Bone Graft
- Consent Extraction
- Consent for Sinus Grafting
- Consent Implant
For the remainder of the day after surgery, our team recommends the following tips:
- Do not spit out saliva. We recommend swallowing saliva or using a tissue to wipe the mouth as needed.
- Avoid drinking from a straw and drink straight from a cup.
- Do not smoke cigarettes or cigars.
- Avoid touching the surgical area with the fingers and tongue.
All of the above actions can cause blood clots to dislodge and will result in excessive bleeding from the surgical area. This can result in an increased risk of infection and a slow healing response.
It is expected for there to be minor bleeding after implant surgery, though it should subside quickly and stop within a few hours after surgery. Oozing is also normal and may persist for several hours. In some instances, implants done on the upper portion of the mouth may trigger nosebleeds, but this is normal and will stop soon. Some tips for caring for the mouth:
- Gauze should be kept on the surgical area for approximately 30-45 minutes with pressure.
- Gauze should be removed after this time and replaced with a new piece if bleeding is still occurring. The gauze should be directly on the surgical site and firm pressure for approximately one more hour should help in stopping the bleeding.
- If the third change of gauze does not stop the bleeding, we recommend using a moistened tea bag instead. The tannic acid found in the tea can help the tissues form a clot and thus stop the bleeding.
- If bleeding still persists, contact our office immediately.
It is common for patients to experience minor swelling after surgery in the oral cavity. It can be anywhere from mild to severe, depending on the patient. It may become worse within 48 hours before it begins to subside and may last up to one week. Bruising may also develop on the face and is common. Some tips to handle swelling:
- Utilize an ice pack on the face or cheek next to the site of surgery. Keep it on for 20 minutes then remove for 10. Continue this rotation until bedtime and start again the following day.
- Sleep with the head elevated above the heart to help reduce the likelihood of swelling.
- On day three after surgery, substitute moist heat for the ice packs to help bring any swelling down faster.
As soon as the local anesthetics wear off, many patients can enjoy soft foods while avoiding chewing directly on the site where surgery was performed. Patients should resume their regular diet as soon as they feel it is appropriate, as this is a personal decision based on how patients are responding post-operation. Patients are encouraged to stay hydrated and well nourished, as this can facilitate faster healing and recovery.
Brushing the teeth
While avoiding the surgical site, patients are encouraged to brush their teeth the evening of surgery or the following morning. Brushing around the surgical area can be done around the second or third day with special care to avoid stitches. Be gentle and avoid rinsing or spitting with force as this can dislodge the clots necessary to stop bleeding and allow healing to occur.
Rinsing the mouth
Rinsing the mouth can be done the same day as surgery with warm, salty water every few hours. Avoid mouth rinses that contain alcohol for several days, and do not spit with force.
Our dental team will prescribe one or more medications for patients post surgery. Patients are urged to take their medications with a full glass of water and as directed on the container. Patients who cannot swallow pills or experience problems including diarrhea or severe nausea are encouraged to contact our office.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics should be continued until all medication has been taken.
- Pain medication: Use pain medication as necessary, but avoid driving, operating machinery, or drinking alcohol, as these medications are narcotics and often make patients drowsy.
- Mouth rinses: Two common mouth rinses we prescribe post-surgery include Periogard and Peridex. One half ounce should be swished around the mouth two times a day for 30 seconds.
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