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

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Dr. Jack Binder answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Root canal therapy rarely causes more than minor discomfort.

Answered Aug 31, 2014

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Dr. Devang Patel answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Make sure you stop Aspirin one week prior to surgery. Stop smoking to minimize complications.

Answered Jun 30, 2014

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Smoking can adversely affect healing.

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Bromelain taken the week before can help decrease post-op swelling.

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Ice packs after surgery mitigate swelling.

Answered Apr 15, 2013

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Dr. Sonja Garden answered

Specializes in

Do not smoke or use a straw. You pull out the blood clot resulting in dry socket.

Answered Oct 11, 2017

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

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 answered

Specializes in Neurology

Avoid vigorous swishing/spitting or smoking after dental extractions to reduce risk of a dry socket.

Answered Dec 9, 2013

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Dr. Russell Lieblick answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Having a tooth removed? Find an oral surgeon who can replace it immediately with a dental implant!

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Dr. Monib Zirvi answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Avoid supplements which can thin the blood before surgery including vit e, fish oil, ginkgo & garlic.

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Dr. Maureen Mays answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

After oral surgery do not drink through a straw until the dentist tells you it's ok!

Answered May 30, 2013

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Dr. John Rohm answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or carbonated beverages for at least 24 hours after a tooth extraction.

Answered May 30, 2013

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Dr. David Mcnay answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Don't stick your tongue in the socket left after your extraction(s)!

Answered May 30, 2013

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Dr. James Courey answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

After oral surgery, when drinking, do not use a straw. This can hinder the healing process.

Answered Aug 22, 2013

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Dr. Ashish Naik answered

Specializes in General Practice

Whenever you are having a tooth extracted, ask your doctor what they can do to preserve the bone!

Answered Jun 3, 2013

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Dr. Saleh Elahwal answered

Specializes in Endodontics

After pulling out the tooth. It is vital to follow instructions given to you by the oral surgeon.

Answered Apr 25, 2016

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Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Hygiene and antibiotic coverage. Prior surgery brush teeth well; rinse with oral antiseptic.

Answered Jun 4, 2013

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Dr. Steven Koos answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Do research on oral surgeon - do listen to your dentist's referral opinion, don't procrastinate. Treat!

Answered Jun 5, 2013

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Dr. Steven Koos answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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 answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Sedation is a valuable adjunct to a smooth, painless, and pleasant experience.

Answered Jun 23, 2013

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Dr. Steven Koos answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

If needing an extraction, ridge preservation bone graft at same time is critical for implant later.

Answered Jun 23, 2013

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Dr. Benjamin Vela answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Try to preserve the bone with a bone graft / socket preservation after extraction.

Answered Aug 20, 2013

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Dr. Suzanne Fiala answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Folow surgeon after-care exactly. Flush surgical sites as directed. Take antibiotics if prescribed.

Answered Jun 5, 2013

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto answered

Specializes in General Practice

Do follow the surgeon's instructions to the best of your ability after the surgery.

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Dr. Gary Chapman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Orthodontics

Oral surgery don'ts: smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking liquids through a straw.

Answered May 20, 2014

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Dr. Lewis Margolis answered

Specializes in

What type of sedation and monitoring will be used? What will recovery be like?

Answered Jun 10, 2013

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Dr. Jeffrey Yost answered

Specializes in Dentistry

To reduce the risk of a painful dry socket, avoid smoking as long as possible (at least 3-4 days).

Answered Jun 23, 2013

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Dr. Daniel Sampson answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Stay on a soft or liquid diet as directed by your doctor. Take it easy for a few days after surgery.

Answered Aug 1, 2014

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Dr. Allan Hawryluk answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Do not smoke for at least 48 hours after oral surgery.

Answered Nov 1, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It is important to tell the oral surgeon all medications you are taking.

Answered Nov 21, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

If you are prescribed an antibiotic take it until you finish the pills, even if you feel better.

Answered Nov 21, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Avoid drinking thru a straw for the first day after a tooth extraction.

Answered Jun 15, 2013

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Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Do follow the rules on sedation and post op instructions. Don't smoke and don't break the rules.

Answered Aug 22, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Facing oral surgery, ask about anesthesia, especially if surgery is outpatient!

Answered Jun 21, 2013

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Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Do go to an oral surgeon. They are highly qualified to address your pain issues!

Answered Aug 22, 2013

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Dr. Holly Maes answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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 answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Discuss with your dentist if you need "antibiotic prophylaxis" before the procedure.

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Dr. John Scuba answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Don't use tobacco, practice good hygiene, read and follow the surgeon's postoperative instructions.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Plan ahead for optimal healing. If you smoke, quit several weeks ahead & abstain until fully healed.

Answered Jul 4, 2013

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Dr. Daniel Kessler answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Tobacco cessation is helpful in preventing unnecessary oral surgery for oral cancers.

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

"keep the mouth clean." it's the best thing you can do to promote healing.

Answered Jan 7, 2015

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

No smoking or rinsing 48hrs, apply ice 24hrs, minimize exercise 24 hrs, take meds as directed.

Answered Aug 22, 2013

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Oral surgery today is essentially painless.

Answered Jul 23, 2013

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Dr. Randy Stevens answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Do tell your doctor if you take Aspirin or herbal supplements such as garlic. Do not smoke.

Answered Jun 24, 2014

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Dr. Christopher Guzik answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Stop Plavix (clopidogrel) at least 5 days before oral surgery. Don't smoke or use caffeine the morning of surgery.

Answered Apr 8, 2015

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Premedication a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid and Motrin will do wonders.

Answered Jun 30, 2014

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Dr. Kathryn Akin answered

Specializes in

Follow directions from the provider. After-care is vitally important including rinses, etc.

Answered Aug 8, 2013

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Stop tobacco use, use fluoride, and brush prior to planned procedure as recommended by surgeon.

Answered Aug 15, 2013

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Dr. Robert Hulbert answered

Specializes in

Instead of biting on gauze after tooth extraction, try a wet tea bag. This helps stop bleeding.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry answered

Specializes in Invisalign, Sleep Apnea Appliances, Lumineers

After extraction do not suck, smoke, or spit - it may cause a dry socket.

Answered Aug 16, 2015

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Dr. Zahid Niazi answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Surgery

Always report to your dentist as soon as possible about non-healing mouth ulcers.

Answered Aug 14, 2013

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Dr. Caroline Cribari answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Be well hydrated, get a good nights sleep. Follow pre-op instructions. Take Ibuprofen before appoint.

Answered Jun 25, 2014

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Dr. Jonathan Richards answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Endodontics

Do: seek the care of the most competent provider in your area (oral surgeon is best).

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Do ask questions beforehand and follow directions and don't do anything your told not to do.

Answered Aug 22, 2013

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Dr. Gerard Kerbleski answered

Specializes in Podiatry

With any surgery important to check references and certifications. Consider 2nd opinions if need be.

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Soup broth, milk shakes, juice, milk, or water are usually ok the first day.

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered

Specializes in Dentistry

For swelling it is usually recommended to place ice on the swollen area around 10min. On, 10min. Off.

Answered Dec 24, 2014

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Make your mouth as healthy as possible pre-surgery (floss daily) to help speed the healing process.

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. Ernesto Pretto jr. answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Badly administered anesthesia can kill; pain does not. Get to know your anesthesia provider!

Answered Aug 23, 2013

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Dr. Gary Klugman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Steady pressure for 45 minutes should stop the bleeding.

Answered Aug 24, 2013

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do brush, floss, and rinse with tooth rinse prior to oral surgery.

Answered Aug 26, 2013

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do follow your doctor's post-operative instructions very carefully.

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do hold still during surgery if you are awake. It will make it easier on you and your doctor.

Answered Aug 26, 2013

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Do let your doctor know if you are still in pain after initial anesthesia.

Answered Aug 26, 2013

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Dr. Jack Mutnick answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Swelling or reactions associated with novocaine anesthetics should be evaluated by an allergist.

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Dr. Jeffrey Krantz answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Keep the wound area clean. Drink plenty of fluids. Do not eat chips or pretzels.

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Dr. James Cullington answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

If it elective get at least two opinions ask your dentist his opinion make sure you understand risks.

Answered Sep 4, 2013

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Dr. Raj Upadya answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Advise surgeon of blood thinning meds, including aspirin, before... ; rest, ice, no rinsing after...

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Oral surgery is not very effective for obstructive sleep apnea. Efficacy rate is less than 40%.

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Dr. Charlene Sojico answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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 answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Don't have it if you don't need it.

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Dr. Robert Gilardetti answered

Specializes in

Avoid over zealous rinsing for several days; this can dislodge the fragile blood clot.

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Dr. Robert Gilardetti answered

Specializes in

You will do better with an early morning rather than late afternoon appointment.

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Dr. Uttma Dham answered

Specializes in Dentistry

If you had oral surgery done, do not spit, rinse or use a straw for 24 hours.

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Dr. Arman Roksar answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Prosthodontics

Avoid hot liquids after oral surgery. This will minumize the chance of more bleeding.

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Dr. Su Fairchild answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Brushing your teeth with msm can speed recovery and strengthen gums.

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Dr. James Anderson answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Low activity, no exercise, no rinsing and ice the surgical area for the first 24-36 hours.

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Dr. Steven Reubel answered

Specializes in

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 answered

Specializes in Sleep Medicine

Keep toes dry at all time during normal activities.

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Don't take narcotics for pain prescribed by other doctors. Rely on your surgeons advice for pain.

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Find a surgeon who you are comfortable with and asked to see some patient reviews.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Metformin users, stop at time of intravascular contrast study. Start in 48hrs with good renal test.

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Dr. Sam Markzar answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Periodontics

Do not smoke after any oral surgical procedures , for as long as possible. & use soft diets only.

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Dr. Theodore Grellner answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Do finish a prescribed antibiotic as directed unless side-effects or allergic reaction arise.

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Dr. Laurence Green answered

Specializes in

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 answered

Specializes in

Don't smoke or suck on a straw after an extraction.

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Don't smoke after an extraction - unless you want the worst pain of your life.

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Dr. Thomas Marxen answered

Specializes in Periodontics

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in General Practice

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 answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

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 answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Be prepared to follow a strict oral hygiene regimen after you oral surgery.

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen 1 hour before surgery can minimize post operative pain.

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Depending on the type of oral surgery, the best tip is to follow advice oral surgeon/staff.

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Dr. Reena Gupta answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Mantain good oral hygiene after the surgery to prevent infection and delay in wound healing!

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Dr. Donald Cohen answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Only have oral surgery done by an oral surgeon. Some general dentists are experiences but be careful.

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Dr. Eyal Simchi answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Don't smoke after any surgical procedure. Smoking will delay healing!

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Dr. George Ayoub answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Do not smoke, put ice bag for 3-4 hrs after.

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Dr. David Trettin answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Get (2)opinions if possible prior to oral surgery.

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Dr. Brian Nichol answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

If you have mitral valve prolapse be sure to take antibiotics before the procedure!

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Dr. Osman Farooq answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Neurology

In the days preceding your surgery, brush your teeth regularly, floss and use mouthwash.

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Dr. Anna Flor Salcedo answered

Specializes in

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 answered

Specializes in

Do ask your dr if you need premication with antibiotics, don't just take left over antibiotics.

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Dr. Emily Ridgway answered

Specializes in

Meticulous oral hygiene is a must.

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Dr. Zahid Ahmed answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Following post operative instructions closely will ensure smooth healing and likely fast recovery.

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Dr. Donna Galante answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

When the need for oral surgery occurs take action quickly before the problem gets worse.

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Dr. Charles Lockhart answered

Specializes in Dentistry

No smoking or sucking through a straw which creates a negative pressure which may dislodge clot.

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Dr. Armando Berguido answered

Specializes in

Follow and do not deviate from all of your doctor's (dentist's) instructions.

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Dr. Behram Dalal answered

Specializes in

Don't procrastinate when a recommendation has been made for an oral surgical procedure - problems.

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Dr. Jerry Hu answered

Specializes in

Smoking after extractions increase risk of dry sockets.

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Dr. Robert Keimowitz answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

If you have any serious medical history, be sure you consult your internist before out pt anesthesia.

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Dr. James Vito answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Avoid Aspirin and alcohol both before and after procedure.

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Dr. Brian Struyk answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Make sure you brush your teeth before you come in for surgery. You'd be surprised...

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Dr. Michael Wexler answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Take a friend to the consultation, as most people don't remember all of the information given.

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Dr. Terry Simpson answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Use ice water to reduce inflammation and liberal use of advil (ibuprofen).

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Dr. Sathish Adigopula answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

If you have any heart condition check with your doctor if you need antibiotic prior to procedure.

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Dr. Robert Devin answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Debride and then lavage all sockets with sterile h2o ph7 instead of sterile saline ph 6.6.

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Dr. Don Millner answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

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 answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in General Practice

Do research for the most experienced you can find, as always. Travel might be necessary.

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Dr. Tarek Hamid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

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 answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Do share your entire medication list with your surgeon.

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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh answered

Specializes in Dentistry

List your concerns before your consultation. Feel good about the answers before setting your surgery.

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Make sure you follow the post-op instructions of your oral surgeon.

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

If you are on pain killers for other reasons, coordinate between your pain doctor and dentist.

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Dr. William Jakavick answered

Specializes in

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 answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Always get a 2nd opinion before having oral surgery.

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Dr. Jonathan Engel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Do follow the post op instructions do not smoke if you are a smoker after the surgery.

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Preemptive analgesia the use of preoperative and postoperative opioids and nsaids.

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Here's the tip. Get written post surgical instructions from the doctor. Ask questions!

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Dr. John Lann answered

Specializes in

If you have bleeding after an extraction, you can bite on a wet tea bag.

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

See an oral surgeon.Follow the recommendations after surgery. Use the ice pack religiously. Rest.

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Dr. Victor Bonuel answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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 answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

See a board certified oral surgeon. Ask your general dentist who he recommends. Get a second opinion.

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Dr. Andrew Killgore answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Don't put ice on your face longer than 20 minutes. Don't use ice after 24 hours.

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As said before, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!".

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Always take prescribed antibiotics until they are finished to avoid creating a super infection.

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Don't rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. Allowing blood clot to form reduces pain ; infection.

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After oral surgery, do not spit or rinse or smoke or do excersize. 1st 24hours of care is important!

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If you recently had oral surgery do not smoke or drink through a straw!

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Follow your doctor's instruction carefully. Do not smoke. Do not eat hard food.

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Do not brush teeth in surgery area until your doctor advises you to do so.

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Your case is individual, no two mouths are alike. Follow your dentist's post op instructions.

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