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What is the recovery time after oral surgery (tooth exposure) into braces. How much time off work do I need?

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: A few days

Depends on where the exposure is being done (palate or mucobuccal fold) but typically you will be a bit sore and swollen for 48 hours.
This does not necessarily mean you need to take off from work.

In brief: A few days

Depends on where the exposure is being done (palate or mucobuccal fold) but typically you will be a bit sore and swollen for 48 hours.
This does not necessarily mean you need to take off from work.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Recovery

Usually braces are placed on teeth, initial alignment done and adequate room to bring in the impacted tooth is created, and then the exposure is accomplished and an attachment placed on the tooth so that it can be brought into the arch.
You can probably return to work the next day, but you will have some soreness at the surgical site . Follow surgeon's post-op instructions to the letter.

In brief: Recovery

Usually braces are placed on teeth, initial alignment done and adequate room to bring in the impacted tooth is created, and then the exposure is accomplished and an attachment placed on the tooth so that it can be brought into the arch.
You can probably return to work the next day, but you will have some soreness at the surgical site . Follow surgeon's post-op instructions to the letter.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It Depends

Normally you do not need to take any days off.
Depending on the location of the tooth, the difficulty of the exposure and the type of job you have then you may need take a few days off. Ask your oral surgeon for his advise.

In brief: It Depends

Normally you do not need to take any days off.
Depending on the location of the tooth, the difficulty of the exposure and the type of job you have then you may need take a few days off. Ask your oral surgeon for his advise.
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Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry

In brief: Oral surgery

You might want to take off the day of the surgery to allow time to recover mostly from anesthetic and sedation (if sedation is chosen).
Most people can tolerate working the next day with just over the counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If the tooth if really buried int he bond and the surgery is more involved, you might consider taking some time off. Ask your dentist.

In brief: Oral surgery

You might want to take off the day of the surgery to allow time to recover mostly from anesthetic and sedation (if sedation is chosen).
Most people can tolerate working the next day with just over the counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If the tooth if really buried int he bond and the surgery is more involved, you might consider taking some time off. Ask your dentist.
Dr. Kevin Nail
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry

In brief: Premedication

Premedication starting a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid (decadron) and an anti-inflammatory (motrin) will do wonders at keeping swelling and pain under control after the procedure.
With this protocol you will minimize risk for time off of work. Review this with your treating dentist.

In brief: Premedication

Premedication starting a day before wisdom teeth extractions with a mild steroid (decadron) and an anti-inflammatory (motrin) will do wonders at keeping swelling and pain under control after the procedure.
With this protocol you will minimize risk for time off of work. Review this with your treating dentist.
Dr. Sal Aragona
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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dentistry

In brief: Typically just

The day of the surgery.
Again depending on the particular situation and difficulty of the impaction, an additional day might be necessary. Hope this helps.

In brief: Typically just

The day of the surgery.
Again depending on the particular situation and difficulty of the impaction, an additional day might be necessary. Hope this helps.
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