Questions About Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Capitol Center in Concord and Peterborough, NH
Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give our Concord, NH oral surgery practice a call and we'll be happy to assist you.
Every person is unique, and so are their teeth. The only way to get an accurate cost for your particular treatment, is to come in for a consultation. At your consultation appointment, you will get a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with your procedure as well as an estimate of insurance coverage.
In most cases, insurance companies pay a portion of your dental procedures. We do our best to provide you with an estimate of insurance coverage and ask you to pay for your "Co-pay" at the time the services are rendered.
No, a referral is not required to make an appointment, however, if you were referred by your general dentist, please bring all x-rays or referrals that were given to you.
Yes! We offer general anesthesia, or conscience sedation, to most patients. If you are having a large procedure or a small procedure and are very nervous, general anesthesia will provide a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Most patients can eat soft, cold food a few hours after their surgery. It is normal to have numbness for a few hours, so it is always a good idea to eat foods that do not require any chewing until all of the numbness wears off.
Healing times vary depending on the surgery that was performed. Additionally, every person heals at different rates as well as every surgery site can heal at a different rate.
It is common to have bleeding after a dental surgery, especially an extraction of a tooth. You will be given gauze to bite down on to place pressure on the surgery site or extraction socket. This gauze can be changed every 1-2 hours, or as necessary and will only need to be used for the first day.
A retainer can be worn again 24 hours after any extraction so long as it is not causing any discomfort. In some instances, your retainer may not fit properly after having extractions. If this is your case, a visit to your orthodontist for a retainer adjustment will be necessary.
Yes, brushing, flossing and keeping your mouth clean is important at all times. A healthy, clean mouth heals quickly.
Some patients require sutures, or stitches, in the surgery sites during healing. Most sutures are made to dissolve after a few days. This may be the reason why you are no longer feeling them in your mouth. If sutures are still in place at your one week follow up visit, they will be removed.
Expect swelling to start improving by the end of the second post operative day.
Swelling is normal after any oral surgery procedure. Placing an ice pack on your face in 20 minute intervals is recommended for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, moist heat is recommended. When lying down, placing a few pillows under your head to elevate yourself is also recommended for the first three days.
For those patients who are having their surgeries under general anesthesia, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Numbness can linger for a few days up to a few months after extraction of a lower tooth. If there is swelling, the nerve that provides feeling to your lips, gums, cheek and tongue can remain compressed, resulting in prolonged numbness. Once the swelling deceases, the numbness should also decrease.
The first three days after an extraction of a tooth, your body produces a blood clot to protect the bone and nerve. If this blood clot does not form properly or is dislodged, it will result in what is called alveolitis, or dry socket.