Here at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Reno, NV we believe in educating our patients on their surgical procedures both before and after their surgeries. This helps our patients to understand what they should expect and can go quite a long way in alleviating stress or anxiety over having dental work done. We will always offer you pre-operative instructions that are unique to you and your procedure that you need to follow before having your surgery. We will always send you home with post-surgery instructions that should be followed after you have had your surgery.
Make sure to follow all pre and post-surgical instructions carefully to avoid confusion or complications with your surgery.
Read the instructions for the different surgical procedures we offer:
Dental Implant Surgery
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Exposure of an Impacted Tooth
Following any surgical procedure you will be given some instructions to follow and (many times) a prescription for medications that you should take while you recover. Following any surgical procedure it is critically important that you follow all post-surgical instructions and take your prescribed medication as directed so that you can recover quickly.
Anytime you have undergone a surgery it is wise to plan for a day or two of recovery time. Don't expect to go right back to work following your surgical procedure. It is critical that you take it easy for at least the first 24 hours following a surgical procedure. Keeping your physical activity to a minimum is important following oral surgery as a dramatic rise in your blood pressure can lead to excessive bleeding at the site and even a disruption of the blood clot.
Pay attention to bleeding at the site. Light bleeding or oozing at the surgery site is normal during the first 24 hours following most surgeries. If you notice profuse bleeding or bleeding after the 24-hour mark, call us right away at (775) 430-5355. Swelling and pain at the surgery site are also to be expected following most oral surgeries. Feel free to apply a cold compress to the site to help mitigate swelling and help with throbbing pain. Pain from most oral surgeries can be managed with over the counter painkillers like Advil or Tylenol, but sometimes we will prescribe a painkiller to help with pain management. Make sure never to exceed the dosage limits that are described on the prescription. Always take all medication according to the instructions listed on the prescription.
Make sure to keep your mouth clean with regular brushing and flossing. Avoid brushing and flossing on the surgery site. Instead, you can rinse your mouth out with water following meals and snacks. Swish with water for at least 30 seconds following every meal.Rinsing your mouth out with salt water can go a long way to help keep your mouth healthy when you are unable to brush or floss.
As always, if you have questions about preparing for or recovering from your surgical procedure, please be sure to contact our office right away.