How to Prepare for Oral Surgery in Calgary
Minor Oral Surgeries for Patients of All Ages
At Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic, we provide minor oral surgeries in Calgary. Oral surgeries are often used to remove diseased tissues from your mouth and/or to correct jaw problems. The most common oral surgeries we perform at our clinic include tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal for patients of all ages.
Teeth Extractions When Absolutely Necessary
Rest assured we never extract teeth unless it's absolutely necessary. If a tooth is deemed unrestorable or if you are not interested in proceeding with treatment necessary to save the tooth; extraction is than an option.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth usually have to be removed because they often come in at awkward angles that allow for crowding or painful eruptions through your gums. Not having them removed can lead to cavities, inflamed gums, sinus issues, damage to other teeth, jaw damage, and/or alignment issues. While it's true you may never have any issues with your wisdom teeth, it's easier to remove them and recover the younger you are.
Tips for Recovering after a Minor Oral Surgery
Here are a few general tips for care after a minor oral surgery:
- Be sure to take your pain medication as prescribed, but not more than advised.
- Don't mix alcohol with your pain medication.
- Don't drive or operate heavy machinery while taking pain medication that may make you feel drowsy.
- Be aware that you may bleed for up to 24 hours after a surgery, and this is perfectly normal. Don't rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours.
- Rest for at least two full days after the surgery.
- Avoid hot liquids, chewy foods, alcohol, and tobacco. The alcohol and tobacco make it harder for your blood to clot, which increases your risk of infection.
- Don't apply heat to a swollen area - this will likely only make the swelling worse.
- If swelling or bleeding continues after two days, contact our office. You should be starting to feel better by that point, not worse. You should also call if you're vomiting, experiencing pain or have a fever.