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About Oral Surgery
Any surgical procedure performed on the teeth, gums, jaws, or other oral structures falls under the umbrella of oral surgery. These procedures range from simple extractions to implants, gum grafts, and reconstructive jaw surgery.
Oral Surgery FAQs
Do I need an x-ray before an oral surgery?
Yes, an X-ray of all or part of the mouth is a necessary diagnostic tool for a dentist or oral surgeon to operate.
After my oral surgery, can I be allowed to drive home?
The answer to this is dependent on the type and quantity of anesthesia used, so you should speak with your dentist or dental surgeon prior to the procedure about it. It is best to have plans for someone else to drop you off and pick you up if you are unsure.
Are there risks to oral surgery?
Any risks or potential complications from oral surgery should be discussed by your dentist or dental surgeon prior to your operation. It is best for you to ask if there is anything you can do to minimize the possibility of oral health complications from the procedure.
Can I eat before my oral surgery?
A good rule of thumb is to avoid eating for a minimum of 8 hours before an oral surgery in order to minimize any risk of aspiration. Still, it is best to speak with your dentist or dental surgeon about your specific procedure and what amount of fasting they recommend in the lead-up to your surgery.
How will recovery from oral surgery affect my diet?
The exact impact of oral surgery on a patient's diet will vary based on the procedure. Most generally patients will be well served by stocking up on healthy and soft foods while avoiding spicy or acidic snacks. It is also often advisable to stick to beverages like water, tea, or milk. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to give you a more detailed breakdown of what food will be conducive to a successful recovery following your surgery.