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A 36-year-old male asked:

Please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to oral surgery.

152 doctor answers224 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Binder
Specializes in Dentistry
Root: Root canal therapy rarely causes more than minor discomfort.
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Dr. Devang Patel
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Make: Make sure you stop Aspirin one week prior to surgery. Stop smoking to minimize complications.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Smoking: Smoking can adversely affect healing.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Bromelain: Bromelain taken the week before can help decrease post-op swelling.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Ice: Ice packs after surgery mitigate swelling.
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Dr. Sonja Garden
30 years experience
Do: Do not smoke or use a straw. You pull out the blood clot resulting in dry socket.
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Do: Do follow the dentist's instructions. Don't chew on the treated area until instructed to do so.
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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 30 years experience
Avoid: Avoid vigorous swishing/spitting or smoking after dental extractions to reduce risk of a dry socket.
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Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Having: Having a tooth removed? Find an oral surgeon who can replace it immediately with a dental implant!
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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
Avoid: Avoid supplements which can thin the blood before surgery including vit e, fish oil, ginkgo & garlic.
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
After: After oral surgery do not drink through a straw until the dentist tells you it's ok!
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Dr. John Rohm
Cosmetic Dentistry 34 years experience
Do: Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or carbonated beverages for at least 24 hours after a tooth extraction.
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Dr. David Mcnay
Dentistry 27 years experience
Don't: Don't stick your tongue in the socket left after your extraction(s)!
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Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
After: After oral surgery, when drinking, do not use a straw. This can hinder the healing process.
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Dr. Ashish Naik
General Practice 17 years experience
Whenever: Whenever you are having a tooth extracted, ask your doctor what they can do to preserve the bone!
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Dr. Saleh Elahwal
Endodontics 36 years experience
After: After pulling out the tooth. It is vital to follow instructions given to you by the oral surgeon.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Hygiene: Hygiene and antibiotic coverage. Prior surgery brush teeth well; rinse with oral antiseptic.
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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Do: Do research on oral surgeon - do listen to your dentist's referral opinion, don't procrastinate. Treat!
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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Don't: Don't wait to have wisdom teeth removed until symptoms (they quite often do silent damage). Treat now!
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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Sedation: Sedation is a valuable adjunct to a smooth, painless, and pleasant experience.
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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
If: If needing an extraction, ridge preservation bone graft at same time is critical for implant later.
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Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Try: Try to preserve the bone with a bone graft / socket preservation after extraction.
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Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Folow: Folow surgeon after-care exactly. Flush surgical sites as directed. Take antibiotics if prescribed.
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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
Do: Do follow the surgeon's instructions to the best of your ability after the surgery.
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics 36 years experience
Oral: Oral surgery don'ts: smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking liquids through a straw.
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Dr. Lewis Margolis
49 years experience
What: What type of sedation and monitoring will be used? What will recovery be like?
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Dr. Jeffrey Yost
Dentistry 25 years experience
To: To reduce the risk of a painful dry socket, avoid smoking as long as possible (at least 3-4 days).
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Stay: Stay on a soft or liquid diet as directed by your doctor. Take it easy for a few days after surgery.
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Dr. Allan Hawryluk
Dentistry 20 years experience
Do: Do not smoke for at least 48 hours after oral surgery.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
Don't: Don't smoke after an extraction. This can lead healing problems, such as a very painful dry socket.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
It: It is important to tell the oral surgeon all medications you are taking.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
If: If you are prescribed an antibiotic take it until you finish the pills, even if you feel better.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
Avoid: Avoid drinking thru a straw for the first day after a tooth extraction.
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Do: Do follow the rules on sedation and post op instructions. Don't smoke and don't break the rules.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Facing: Facing oral surgery, ask about anesthesia, especially if surgery is outpatient!
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Do: Do follow your doctor's post op instructions. Don't smoke or drink alcohol for at least 5-6 days.
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Do: Do go to an oral surgeon. They are highly qualified to address your pain issues!
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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Don't: Don't do too much too soon. Give yourself a day or two to heal before increasing activity.
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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Discuss: Discuss with your dentist if you need "antibiotic prophylaxis" before the procedure.
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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Don't: Don't use tobacco, practice good hygiene, read and follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions.
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Plan: Plan ahead for optimal healing. If you smoke, quit several weeks ahead & abstain until fully healed.
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Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Tobacco: Tobacco cessation is helpful in preventing unnecessary oral surgery for oral cancers.
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Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
"Keep: "keep the mouth clean." it's the best thing you can do to promote healing.
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
No: No smoking or rinsing 48hrs, apply ice 24hrs, minimize exercise 24 hrs, take meds as directed.
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Oral: Oral surgery today is essentially painless.
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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Do: Do tell your doctor if you take Aspirin or herbal supplements such as garlic. Do not smoke.
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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Bleeding risk: Stop Plavix (clopidogrel) at least 5 days before oral surgery. Don't smoke or use caffeine the morning of surgery.
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 42 years experience
Premedication: Premedication a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid and Motrin will do wonders.
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Dr. Kathryn Akin
38 years experience
Follow: Follow directions from the provider. After-care is vitally important including rinses, etc.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Stop: Stop tobacco use, use fluoride, and brush prior to planned procedure as recommended by surgeon.
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Dr. Robert Hulbert
23 years experience
Instead: Instead of biting on gauze after tooth extraction, try a wet tea bag. This helps stop bleeding.
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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Invisalign, Sleep Apnea Appliances, Lumineers 37 years experience
After: After extraction do not suck, smoke, or spit - it may cause a dry socket.
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Always: Always report to your dentist as soon as possible about non-healing mouth ulcers.
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Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Believe: Believe it when you are advised not to eat or drink before surgery & to have someone drive you home!
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Be: Be well hydrated, get a good nights sleep. Follow pre-op instructions. Take Ibuprofen before appoint.
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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics 19 years experience
Do:: Do: seek the care of the most competent provider in your area (oral surgeon is best).
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Do: Do ask questions beforehand and follow directions and don't do anything your told not to do.
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Dr. Gerard Kerbleski
Podiatry 34 years experience
With: With any surgery important to check references and certifications. Consider 2nd opinions if need be.
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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 27 years experience
Do: Do not drink from a straw, smoke, or drink alcohol for at least a few days.
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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 27 years experience
Soup: Soup broth, milk shakes, juice, milk, or water are usually ok the first day.
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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 27 years experience
For: For swelling it is usually recommended to place ice on the swollen area around 10min. On, 10min. Off.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Make: Make your mouth as healthy as possible pre-surgery (floss daily) to help speed the healing process.
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr.
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Badly: Badly administered anesthesia can kill; pain does not. Get to know your anesthesia provider!
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Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Steady: Steady pressure for 45 minutes should stop the bleeding.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Do: Do brush, floss, and rinse with tooth rinse prior to oral surgery.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Do: Do follow your doctor's post-operative instructions very carefully.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Do: Do hold still during surgery if you are awake. It will make it easier on you and your doctor.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Do: Do let your doctor know if you are still in pain after initial anesthesia.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Swelling: Swelling or reactions associated with novocaine anesthetics should be evaluated by an allergist.
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Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
Dentistry 10 years experience
Keep: Keep the wound area clean. Drink plenty of fluids. Do not eat chips or pretzels.
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Dr. James Cullington
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
If: If it elective get at least two opinions ask your dentist his opinion make sure you understand risks.
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Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Advise: Advise surgeon of blood thinning meds, including aspirin, before... ; rest, ice, no rinsing after...
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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Oral: Oral surgery is not very effective for obstructive sleep apnea. Efficacy rate is less than 40%.
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Don't: Don't eat a heavy meal the night before surgery.Do apply pressure for two hours after surgery.
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Dr. Reed Day
Dr. Reed Dayanswered
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
With: With regards to "do's" make sure to select a board certified oral surgeon, preferably an md as well.
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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sleep@45: Sleep@45 dgrs, ice on/off every 20 min, take rx as prescribed pre and post, do this for 3 days at least.
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Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Don't: Don't have it if you don't need it.
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Dr. Robert Gilardetti
30 years experience
Avoid: Avoid over zealous rinsing for several days; this can dislodge the fragile blood clot.
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Dr. Robert Gilardetti
30 years experience
You: You will do better with an early morning rather than late afternoon appointment.
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Dr. Uttma Dham
Dentistry 24 years experience
If: If you had oral surgery done, do not spit, rinse or use a straw for 24 hours.
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Dr. Arman Roksar
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 26 years experience
Avoid: Avoid hot liquids after oral surgery. This will minumize the chance of more bleeding.
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
Brushing: Brushing your teeth with msm can speed recovery and strengthen gums.
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Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
General: General dentists can be excellent at oral surgery--but be sure to ask them about their comfort level.
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Low: Low activity, no exercise, no rinsing and ice the surgical area for the first 24-36 hours.
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Dr. Steven Reubel
42 years experience
Warm: Warm salt water rinses, one mouthful, for 2 minutes, starting after 24 hrs, 3 times a day x2 weeks.
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Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 10 years experience
Keep: Keep toes dry at all time during normal activities.
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Don't: Don't take narcotics for pain prescribed by other doctors. Rely on your surgeons advice for pain.
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Find: Find a surgeon who you are comfortable with and asked to see some patient reviews.
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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Metformin: Metformin users, stop at time of intravascular contrast study. Start in 48hrs with good renal test.
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Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
Do: Do not smoke after any oral surgical procedures , for as long as possible. & use soft diets only.
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Dr. Theodore Grellner
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 49 years experience
DO: Do finish a prescribed antibiotic as directed unless side-effects or allergic reaction arise.
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Dr. Laurence Green
39 years experience
Be: Be sure to see an experiencedexpert and don't be afraid to get a second opinion. Ask questions.
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Dr. Sharon Perelman
30 years experience
Don't: Don't smoke or suck on a straw after an extraction.
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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 23 years experience
Don't: Don't smoke after an extraction - unless you want the worst pain of your life.
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Dr. Thomas Marxen
Periodontics 37 years experience
With: With oral surgery the quicker the procedure and the least invasive it is the faster it will heal.
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 37 years experience
After: After surgery do not suck through a straw and avoid spitting as this may dislodge the healing blood.
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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 21 years experience
Sip: Sip from a cup but don't suck from a straw - the pressure can cause "dry socket" & that hurts!
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Ask: Ask around to get the best person for your particualar problem. Never hesitate to get a 2nd opinion.
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Be: Be prepared to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen after you oral surgery.
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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 24 years experience
Taking: Taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen 1 hour before surgery can minimize post operative pain.
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
All: All oral surgery stresses the body like any other area. Rest, ice, decrease use and allow to heal.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depending: Depending on the type of oral surgery, the best tip is to follow advice oral surgeon/staff.
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Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 20 years experience
Mantain: Mantain good oral hygiene after the surgery to prevent infection and delay in wound healing!
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Dr. Donald Cohen
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 43 years experience
Only: Only have oral surgery done by an oral surgeon. Some general dentists are experiences but be careful.
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Don't: Don't smoke after any surgical procedure. Smoking will delay healing!
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Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Do: Do not smoke, put ice bag for 3-4 hrs after.
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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Get: Get (2)opinions if possible prior to oral surgery.
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Dr. Brian Nichol
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
If: If you have mitral valve prolapse be sure to take antibiotics before the procedure!
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Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology 21 years experience
In: In the days preceding your surgery, brush your teeth regularly, floss and use mouthwash.
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Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo
24 years experience
Do: Do ask your dr what medications to stop before surgery , don't presume which meds to stop.
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Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo
24 years experience
Do: Do ask your dr if you need premication with antibiotics, don't just take left over antibiotics.
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Dr. Emily Ridgway
22 years experience
Meticulous: Meticulous oral hygiene is a must.
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Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Following: Following post operative instructions closely will ensure smooth healing and likely fast recovery.
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Dr. Donna Galante
Orthodontics 38 years experience
When: When the need for oral surgery occurs take action quickly before the problem gets worse.
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Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 10 years experience
No: No smoking or sucking through a straw which creates a negative pressure which may dislodge clot.
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Dr. Armando Berguido
35 years experience
Follow: Follow and do not deviate from all of your doctor's (dentist's) instructions.
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Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
Ignore: Don't procrastinate when a recommendation has been made for an oral surgical procedure - problems.
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Huanswered
24 years experience
Ignore: Smoking after extractions increase risk of dry sockets.
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Dr. Robert Keimowitz
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Ignore: If you have any serious medical history, be sure you consult your internist before out pt anesthesia.
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Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Ignore: Avoid Aspirin and alcohol both before and after procedure.
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Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Ignore: Make sure you brush your teeth before you come in for surgery. You'd be surprised...
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Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Avoid smoking ; drinking alcohol for at least 5 days after surgery to reduce your risk of dry socket.
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Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 22 years experience
Ignore: Take a friend to the consultation, as most people don't remember all of the information given.
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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Use ice water to reduce inflammation and liberal use of advil (ibuprofen).
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Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Ignore: If you have any heart condition check with your doctor if you need antibiotic prior to procedure.
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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 48 years experience
Ignore: Debride and then lavage all sockets with sterile h2o ph7 instead of sterile saline ph 6.6.
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Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
Ignore: Flossing daily for 3 weeks prior to surgery will lower the mouth's bacteria count and speed healing.
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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Ignore: Do: find a reputable oral surgeon and focus on good communication. Don't miss pre-, post-op advice.
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Dr. Thomas Long
General Practice 44 years experience
Ignore: Do research for the most experienced you can find, as always. Travel might be necessary.
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 10 years experience
Ignore: Do's -follow post op. Instr. -good oral hygiene -soft diet for24h don'ts -eat hot/spicy foods.
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Ignore: Do share your entire medication list with your surgeon.
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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
Ignore: List your concerns before your consultation. Feel good about the answers before setting your surgery.
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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
Oral surgery: Make sure you follow the post-op instructions of your oral surgeon.
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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: If you are on pain killers for other reasons, coordinate between your pain doctor and dentist.
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Dr. William Jakavick
38 years experience
Ignore: Do listen to your drs advice for post op don't smoke, drink through a straw take meds as directed.
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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Ignore: Always get a 2nd opinion before having oral surgery.
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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 40 years experience
Ignore: Do follow the post op instructions do not smoke if you are a smoker after the surgery.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Ignore: Preemptive analgesia the use of preoperative and postoperative opioids and nsaids.
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 45 years experience
Ignore: Here's the tip. Get written post surgical instructions from the doctor. Ask questions!
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Dr. John Lann
27 years experience
Ignore: If you have bleeding after an extraction, you can bite on a wet tea bag.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Ignore: See an oral surgeon.Follow the recommendations after surgery. Use the ice pack religiously. Rest.
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Ignore: Call in sick after surgery and watch the soap operas at home. Follow you dr's advise, take your meds.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Ignore: See a board certified oral surgeon. Ask your general dentist who he recommends. Get a second opinion.
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Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: Don't put ice on your face longer than 20 minutes. Don't use ice after 24 hours.
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Dr. James Wells
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Ignore: As said before, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!".
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Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 42 years experience
Ignore: Always take prescribed antibiotics until they are finished to avoid creating a super infection.
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 43 years experience
Ignore: Don't rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. Allowing blood clot to form reduces pain ; infection.
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Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 31 years experience
Ignore: After oral surgery, do not spit or rinse or smoke or do excersize. 1st 24hours of care is important!
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Dr. Amber Patel
Dentistry 14 years experience
Ignore: If you recently had oral surgery do not smoke or drink through a straw!
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Dr. Husam Bezreh
Specializes in Periodontics
Ignore: Follow your doctor's instruction carefully. Do not smoke. Do not eat hard food.
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Dr. Husam Bezreh
Specializes in Periodontics
Ignore: Do not brush teeth in surgery area until your doctor advises you to do so.
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Dr. William Coppola
Pediatric Dentistry 42 years experience
Ignore: Your case is individual, no two mouths are alike. Follow your dentist's post op instructions.
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