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Preparing for Oral Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

If you are scheduled for, or are contemplating having, oral surgery, we know that the prospect can seem daunting. Nobody wants to have an area as sensitive as the mouth cut open. Fortunately, modern medical science and technology has made most oral surgery a relatively painless process, one that can be made fairly smooth with the right preparation. Affinity Dental is here with the steps you should take to properly prepare for oral surgery.

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Talk to Your Dentist

It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people avoid conversing with their dentists even when something as serious as surgery is on the line. Talk to them about the process, ask questions, we promise they don’t bite. Find out if there’s any medicine you’ll need afterwards, and make sure you’ve taken care of the prescriptions before the procedure. Schedule a ride to take you home afterwards and above all, talk about what makes you afraid or concerned about the surgery. Your dentist will almost certainly be able to help put these at ease.

Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions

It’s important to follow any guidelines your dentist suggests closely, especially if they’re administering any anesthetic. Typically, you can’t eat or drink for about 8 hours prior to oral surgery, although if local anesthetic is being used, you should probably have a small meal. Make sure you’ve brushed and flossed beforehand and, most importantly, do not smoke for at least 24 hours prior to the surgery.

What to Wear

It’s important to wear clothing that has short sleeves and fits comfortably. While your dentist will do their best to avoid any clothing staining, you may want to wear something you don’t care about getting a few spots on. Don’t wear contact lenses, and avoid putting on any makeup.

Plan Your Diet

What you eat after oral surgery is important. You’ll most likely need to stick to soft foods that don’t need a lot of chewing. You should also stay away from anything that’s highly acidic or spicy, which could cause irritation in your gums. DO NOT drink beverages after oral surgery using a straw, especially if you’ve had a tooth removed. This is caused when a protective blood clot, which usually forms when a tooth is removed, is dislodged and raw bone and nerve tissue is exposed, causing severe pain and potentially leading to an infection.

Need an Experienced Oral Surgeon?

Call Affinity Dental. Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and highly personable dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make oral surgery quick and painless. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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Why are Extractions Performed?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Catonsville ExtractionAnyone with a fear of the dentist or who simply doesn’t want to feel pain will blanch at the idea of having a tooth extracted, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil to make your mouth healthier. Getting an extraction doesn’t have to be a painful or difficult process, though, if you choose a dentist who specializes in sedation dentistry or who knows how to create a stress free environment in his or her office. There are a few different reasons you may need an extraction as well as options to replace the teeth after the extraction has occurred.

Why do dentists remove teeth?
Teeth are only removed if there’s nothing else that can be done to save them, or if they’re harming the teeth/gums around them. Unhealthy teeth can cause a lot of pain and even infection if left untreated. Teeth are also frequently pulled if they’re overcrowding the mouth. This happens most often with wisdom teeth, which grow in late in life and can cause severe pain or discomfort if they’re not removed.

What happens during an extraction?
If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of having an extraction, you should talk to your Catonsville dentist about sedation or relaxation dentistry before having the procedure done. It’ll make the whole thing go by much faster and you won’t feel a thing while it’s happening. If the tooth is still in good enough condition, it’ll likely come out in one piece. If not, your dentist or oral surgeon may instead choose to take it out in pieces. You may need stitches afterwards if the extraction causes a lot of bleeding, but this isn’t the case for most extractions.

What are my options for replacements?
This partially depends on how many teeth you have pulled and partially on preference. Dentures and bridges are available for those who don’t mind removable teeth. Most people prefer to avoid dentures and partials altogether and opt for implants instead. Implants feel and act just like your natural teeth. They can’t be removed, but they also cannot decay or develop cavities. They provide a great aesthetic and can be colored to match your existing teeth.

At Affinity Dental, we have the experience and knowledge to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you’re experiencing pain and wondering if an extraction is the right course of treatment, or just want to schedule an appointment, contact Affinity Dental Care at 410.419.7900 or visit our website! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source: http://www.maineoralsurgery.com/procedures/dental-extractions/