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What Should You Expect During An Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Woman smiling while oral surgeon talksAn oral surgeon performs surgery to repair and resolve injuries and conditions relating to the jaw, oral cavity, and head. Often, your dentist will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) when your condition exceeds their expertise, and we will help you know what to expect from oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Consultation for the Procedure

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will factor in the previous injuries or work in the affected area and any underlying conditions that may need a change on your treatment plans through an X-ray or other scans. Afterward, you will receive a detailed report of your examination to educate you on what the treatment will entail, the outcome, and the alternatives available, after which you can schedule your procedure.

The Surgery

Once your surgeon schedules an appointment, you can prepare by avoiding food and drinks at least 12 hours beforehand, stocking a supply of soft foods and drinks, and having a loved one to help you after surgery. The procedure will be at the hospital in most cases due to the complexities around it, and you can return home the same day or later. After the procedure, the surgeons will close the incisions and put you in a recovery room where you will wait for the sedation to wear off.

The Recovery Process

Recovering after oral surgery requires you to take some time off your normal routine for maximum rest. Your surgeon will recommend pain medications to remedy discomfort once the anesthesia effect clears from your system. The recovery duration will vary with the procedure, with complex ones requiring up to a few weeks. A dental implant, for instance, will take a week to heal, but you will require months for osseointegration to complete. Wisdom tooth extraction will take up to seven days to resume your routine, while bone grafting will take a week or two to heal.

Contact Your Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon for Adequate Preparation

When preparing for what to expect during oral and maxillofacial surgery, it is advisable to consult with your surgeon for additional questions on the consultation, evaluation, surgery, and recovery. Therefore, book your appointment today and start the process.
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