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By Erena & Peterson, PLLC
January 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

At our Lexington, KY oral surgery practice, we provide oral surgery services including dental implants, tooth extractions and cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you choose to undergo an oral surgery procedure at our office, we will take every step to ensure you are prepared for your surgery and recovery. Here are some tips we would like to offer to ensure your best experience possible.

Prior to Oral Surgery:

Dental ImplantsThe evening prior to your dental surgery typically involves checking in with your driver who will be transporting you after your procedure. Because most oral surgery procedures require some form of anesthesia, we do not recommend you drive yourself home.

In addition to making these arrangements, we will typically ask that you refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight. An exception to this is if you are diabetic and need to eat to maintain your blood sugar levels. We will also typically review your medications with you to determine if there are any medications you should not take the night before or morning of your surgery.

Tooth ExtractionsYou may also want to take this at-home opportunity to prepare your recovery space. This could include making handy warm blankets, books, magazines, a phone charger, television remotes and any other items that would be easier to have on-hand. Ensure your cabinets and refrigerator are stocked with some post-surgery friendly foods, such as mashed potatoes, gelatin, pudding, soups and any other soft foods.

You will be given instructions on how to care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. This includes applying cloth-covered ice packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. You will typically change out gauze and/or start rinsing out your mouth about 24 hours after your surgery.

Allowing yourself enough time to rest following your procedure is crucial to your recovery. You can expect any swelling to go down after about 24 hours following your procedure. However, some surgeries, such as wisdom teeth extractions, can require one to two weeks before your mouth fully seems to heal.

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For procedure-specific ways you can prepare for oral surgery, call our Lexington, KY oral surgeon's office at (859) 268-4423.

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By Erena & Peterson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
May 09, 2014
Category: Wisdom Teeth
Tags: Oral Surgeon  
Wise Up to Wisdom Teeth Issues 
 
In the words of Oscar Wilde, “With age comes wisdom.” And in the words of your dentist, “With age comes wisdom teeth.” Our Lexington dental staff offers some wise advice about dealing with erupted wisdom teeth. Check it out below!
 
Where Are Wisdom Teeth Located?
The wisdom teeth are your third molars, so they sit in the far back of your mouth.
 
Have the teeth in the back of your mouth felt sore? It may because you have an impacted wisdom tooth or one developing. Nine out of ten people have an impacted wisdom tooth, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
 
An “impacted wisdom tooth” means the tooth hasn’t fully erupted past the gumline. It’s important to see a dental professional to discuss the need for an extraction or other plan.
 
Why Would an Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
You may not feel any pain or notice problems, but that doesn’t mean a wisdom tooth can’t do some damage. As time goes on, that tooth will continue to put pressure on the neighboring molars. This can cause one or more serious dental problems: infection, trauma or cyst.
 
In the best-case scenario, the wisdom teeth will fully erupt and maintain function. This is possible if the third molars are cavity-free and surrounded by healthy gum tissue.
 
To combat tooth decay and infection, you need to pay extra attention when cleaning your back teeth. You use your molars to break down food, so plaque bacteria and food particles are always a concern.
 
Even if wisdom teeth erupt normally, there are still risks to watch out for. It’s time to wise up to the issue. To schedule a wisdom teeth appointment in Lexington, call (859) 268-4423.