Reviewed by Dr. J. Travis Thompson, DDS

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Undergoing oral surgery can be a significant event in anyone’s life. Whether preparing for a routine tooth extraction or a more complex procedure like dental implants, having answers to your questions can help you feel more prepared and informed.

In this blog, we will answer 10 of the most commonly asked questions about oral surgery to help you feel confident before your procedure.

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1. How Long Is Recovery?

Recovery time can vary depending on the type of oral surgery you’re having. For example, a simple tooth extraction may only take a few days to recover fully, while more complex procedures like dental implants may take several weeks or even months. It’s essential to discuss the recovery period with your oral surgeon so that you can make any necessary arrangements beforehand.

2. What Will Recovery Be Like?

Every patient’s recovery experience is unique. It can depend on factors such as your overall health, age, and the type of procedure you’re having. Your oral surgeon will be able to provide you with a general idea of what to expect during recovery based on their experience and expertise. They will also offer tips on how to manage pain and promote healing.

3. What Are My Anesthesia Options?

Depending on the type of surgery, you may have different anesthesia options. For example, local or general anesthesia may be used for complex surgeries like wisdom tooth extraction

At Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, we offer:

  • Oral sedation
  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
  • IV (intravenous) sedation
  • General anesthesia

4. What Are the Risks?

No medical procedure is without risks, and oral surgery is no exception. The potential risks and side effects differ based on the type of surgery. Common side effects include swelling, pain, bleeding, and the risk of infection. Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you beforehand and provide instructions before and after the procedure. Follow these guidelines carefully for a quick recovery.

5. Can I Eat After Surgery?

Depending on the procedure, you may need to modify your diet for a few days or weeks after surgery. For example, you may be advised to stick to soft foods like soup and mashed potatoes immediately following wisdom tooth extraction. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines for your post-operative diet.

To get a better idea of the foods you can eat after surgery, read our blogs: “50 Soft Foods To Eat After Tooth Extraction” or “5 Meals To Eat After Dental Implant Surgery.”

6. Do You Accept Dental Insurance?

Surgeries can be expensive, so verifying your insurance coverage before your surgery is wise. Oral Facial & Implant Specialists accepts most dental insurance plans, excluding HMO, Medicaid, or Medicare. See our insurance page for a list of providers we accept. Our team can answer any questions you have regarding coverage and payment options.

7. If My Insurance Doesn’t Cover the Cost of Surgery Do You Have Payment Options?

If you don’t have insurance, or it won’t cover the entire cost of your surgical procedure, ask about payment options. Oral Facial & Implant Specialists offers various payment methods, including cash, credit cards, and financing through CareCredit or Lending Club Financing. Our goal is to make quality oral healthcare accessible to everyone.

8. Is Oral Surgery Painful?

Anesthesia and pain medication can make oral surgery procedures more comfortable. However, it’s normal to experience some level of discomfort or soreness after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medication and provide tips for managing any discomfort.

9. Is the Surgery Really Necessary?

Some oral surgeries, like wisdom tooth extraction, are often necessary to maintain good dental health. Your oral surgeon will explain why undergoing surgery might be essential for your situation. They can discuss the pros and cons of various treatment options with you.

10. How Can I Prepare for My Surgery?

From what to do the night before to the morning of the surgery, our oral surgeons at Oral Facial & Implant Specialists will guide you on the steps you need to take to prepare. Surgery preparation might include restrictions on eating or drinking, arranging transportation to and from the appointment, and any medical pre-clearance that may be necessary.

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists: Your Oral Surgeon in Deer Park, IL

A prepared patient is often a more relaxed and comfortable patient. By asking these questions, you will be well-informed and feel more in control of your oral surgery decisions. 

At Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, our skilled surgeons are committed to delivering compassionate care and outstanding results to every patient. If you have any questions about oral surgery or want to book a complimentary dental implant consultation, please feel free to contact us today.

If you are looking for an ‘oral surgeon near me’ or the ‘best oral surgeon in Deer Park or Buffalo Grove,’ we can help. Call us at (847) 381-0106 or complete the online booking form. We look forward to helping you feel confident in your smile!

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