Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

How to Get Ready and Recover from Oral Surgery

If you need to have oral surgery and are wondering what to expect, use this expert dental guide to help you prepare for your procedure.

The Cases for Care from Oral Surgeons

When you have a complex dental concern, oral surgery is often the only way to treat the advanced problem. Your dentist in Center City Philadelphia will refer you to oral surgeons near you for care. If you’re concerned about the cost of oral surgery, ask your dentist in Center City Philadelphia to recommend oral surgeons who offer affordable dental care options. Some of the complex conditions that require oral surgery include:

  • Wisdom tooth removal
  • Dental implants
  • Jaw surgery
  • Facial trauma
  • Facial or jaw injury
  • Severe dental infections
  • Other disorders affecting the face, teeth, jaws, or neck

Before Oral Surgery

Prior to your procedure, it’s important for oral surgeons to clearly describe the treatment prescribed, as well as the sedation you’ll receive, the recovery process, and the need for follow-up visits. During this time, ask any questions and address any concerns you may have. If the cost is a challenge, ask if any affordable dental care options or payment plans are available. Go over any instructions for the day of the procedure, such as whether you need to wear comfortable clothing, avoid eating, or have someone available to take you home.

Post-Procedure Care

After oral surgery, you will be given precise instructions for the recovery period. While you need to follow the oral surgeons exact directions, these tips can help ease your recovery and healing:

  • Reduce swelling by applying ice packs to the swollen area for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Only eat soft foods, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, and soup.
  • Avoid very spicy and acidic foods while you heal.
  • Don’t drink out of a straw, because this can damage the surgical area and cause major problems.
  • Keep your head propped up with several pillows.
  • Call your oral surgeon or dentist immediately if you experience any problems or have any questions.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. With 11 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Center City, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Center City.

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