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Suggestions for before and after wisdom tooth surgery?

Suggestions for before and after wisdom tooth surgery?

Instructions: Before: Make sure mouth is as healthy as possible. Brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock. make sure you floss daily. Reduce the bacterial load. Arter: Your Surgeon will have written instructions. Follow them to the letter. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Heldman
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Jaw Surgery (Definition)

The question is somewhat vague, but jaw surgery could be defined as surgery on the jaw. Could be upper or lower jaw. Could be reconstructive jaw surgery such as orthognathic surgery, which involves making bone cuts, or osteotomies, in the jaws to reposition them into a more harmonious relationship, and holding them in their new position with titanium plates and screws. Also ...Read more


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What happens before, during and after wisdom teeth removal?

What happens before, during and after wisdom teeth removal?

Consult with OS/DDS: I would recommend a consultation prior to having the teeth removed to answer your questions. The most important step is to have a consultation prior to surgery to have everything spelled out for you- pre and post-op instructions and what to expect. Local or general anesthetic, rides there and home, what you can eat/drink, meds, prior, etc. If being put to sleep- nothing 6 hours before. ...Read more

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How long before i can start chewing with my back teeth after wisdom teeth surgery?

How long before i can start chewing with my back teeth after wisdom teeth surgery?

Extractions & Diet: No sutures and non-impacted wisdom teeth removed - whenever it feels comfortable. Sutures and impacted wisdom teeth removed - soft foods for a week then advance as tolerated. Much is dependent on what feels comfortable for you and range of motion. Semi-solids are always good to stick to for the first week before venturing back into firm solids. No need to rush. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after the extraction of an upper 2nd premolar before a dental implant consultation?

How long should I wait after the extraction of an upper 2nd premolar before a dental implant consultation?

Right Away: It is wise to have a consultation within a week after the extraction to MAP out expected timelines and treatment options, as well as review current xrays. It is never to early to start planning. Within as early as 3 months after extraction an implant can be placed for a single tooth. ...Read more

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When will the stiffness of my jaw go away after wisdom teeth surgery?

When will the stiffness of my jaw go away after wisdom teeth surgery?

Usually: Within a few weeks at most. Some individuals are more susceptible to range of motion issues post procedure than others. The procedure typically lasts about 35-45 minutes with your mouth open maximally without any pause. Even if you did not have teeth removed and stayed open that wide for that long you would have some rom issues, muscular soreness and stiffness within the tmjs. ...Read more

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Never had any TMJ problems at all. 3 weeks after impacted wisdom teeth extraction, omfs believes i developed TMJ after surgery. Why? Is this forever?

Never had any TMJ problems at all. 3 weeks after impacted wisdom teeth extraction, omfs believes i developed TMJ after surgery. Why? Is this forever?

Common: Sometimes the jaw joint, tmj, is strained during a wisdom tooth extraction and it can take sometime to heal. Treat it using the same principles you use for a sprained ankle, with rest, and following the surgeons recommendation. This means soft diet. Anti inflammatory medications. Time. The pain will decrease as it heals. Talk to surgeon about bite guard if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Should i avoid smoking the night before a wisdom tooth surgery?

Should i avoid smoking the night before a wisdom tooth surgery?

Yes: Actually you should avoid smoking forever. Smoking will lower your immune response and make it harder for the extraction site to heal i'm not going to mention what this is doing to the rest of your body. ...Read more

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Why can't i open my mouth fully after mouth pain 3 weeks after wisdom teeth extraction?

Why can't i open my mouth fully after mouth pain 3 weeks after wisdom teeth extraction?

Myositis: A common cause of myositis is inflammation from a local anesthetic injection and mild muscle strain or dental infection following a difficult third molar extraction. See your surgeon for myositis treatment. ...Read more

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When do sockets close after wisdom teeth surgery?

When do sockets close after wisdom teeth surgery?

Takes time: It depends on whether the tooth was erupted or impacted. It also depends on the size of the tooth and the patients age and healing ability. In any case, it takes time (weeks to months) for the surface of the socket to close up. Since soft tissue heals more quickly then bone it may appear healed on the surface but bony healing continues for quite some time. ...Read more

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After my wisdom teeth removal I got tmj should I go back to the oral surgeon or go to a regular dentist?

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After my wisdom teeth removal I got tmj should I go back to the oral surgeon or go to a regular dentist?

The Oral Surgeon: Some oral surgeons treat TMJ but in any event they need to be included in the team that treats you. You can also let your regular dentist know and he should be able to help with your symptoms. It is not uncommon to have some short term TMJ problems after difficult extractions and they are usually successfully treated. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my jaws to pop after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

Is it normal for my jaws to pop after wisdom teeth removal surgery?

No: It is not normal for you jaws or TMJ to pop when opening after wisdom tooth surgery. In order to remove wisdom teeth, the mouth is usually opened and held open widely, which may produce some irritation to the tmjs. For most patients, the popping usually resolves over a brief period of time following surgery. If it persists and you have pain, you may want to contact your dentist or surgeon. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics necessary after wisdom tooth surgery?

Are antibiotics necessary after wisdom tooth surgery?

Not usually: Most swelling after surgery comes from the trauma to tissue during extraction. This is true of any surgical procedure. Antibiotics are prescribed in some situations, and your surgeon would advise you if needed. ...Read more

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I'm getting my wisdom tooth extracted tomorrow what should I do before the procedure and after?

I'm getting my wisdom tooth extracted tomorrow what should I do before the procedure and after?

Follow Directions: The most important thing you can do is follow the directions given by your dentist. Following third party advice could be dangerous! ...Read more

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I had endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. How long will headaches last after the surgery?

I had endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. How long will headaches last after the surgery?

Less than 2 weeks: Headaches can occur following sinus surgery but usually they should be gone within a short amount of time. If yours are persisting you need to let your surgeon know and if despite whatever he or she does, they continue, a second opinion is always a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have an abcessed tooth extracted after just having arthroscopic shoulder repair surgery two days prior ?

Is it dangerous to have an abcessed tooth extracted after just having arthroscopic shoulder repair surgery two days prior ?

An abscess anywhere: needs to be treated asap as otherwise it'll do more damage to the neighbouring structures. In my opinion its the treatment of choice that it should be treated asap, otherwise pain would be unbearable for you. It will be dangerous to NOT TREAT the abscess, and the infection can spill into the blood which might infect the shoulder. So have it treated. You cannot delay it. Good Luck. ...Read more

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