Whether facing a routine tooth extraction or a more complex procedure like implant surgery, you no doubt have questions. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of 10 questions to ask your oral surgeon before surgery, so you’ll know what to expect and feel confident that you’re making the best decision for your dental health.

1. What kind of oral surgery are you recommending for my condition?

Your oral surgeon will be able to explain the specific type of oral surgery they recommend based on their evaluation of your condition. They may recommend various surgical procedures, such as tooth extraction, dental implants, jaw surgery, or bone grafting.

2. What are the risks and benefits associated with this surgery?

The benefits may include relief of pain, improved functionality, and an enhanced appearance of your teeth and mouth. The risks associated with surgery can vary depending on the procedure but can include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Your oral surgeon can provide information about the potential risks and benefits based on your specific condition and type of surgery.

3. What kind of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?

Your oral surgeon will explain which type of anesthesia is appropriate for your specific surgery and discuss the risks and benefits of each option. At Foley & Le, we offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, IV moderate and deep sedation, and general anesthesia.

4. How long will the surgery take?

The length of the surgery will depend on several factors, including the type and complexity of the procedure, your overall health, and your circumstances. For example, simple tooth extraction may take only 20-40 minutes, while more complex procedures, such as jaw surgery, may take several hours.

5. What kind of post-operative care will be required?

Follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your oral surgeon to minimize the risk of complications and promote proper healing. They may recommend restrictions on activities such as exercise, smoking, or drinking alcohol and management of pain.

6. How long is the recovery time?

Recovery time can vary widely depending on the type of surgery you are having and your circumstances. Simple tooth extractions may only take a few days to heal. In contrast, more complex surgeries such as wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, or jaw surgery may take several weeks or months to recover fully.

7. Are there any potential complications I should be aware of?

Complications can vary depending on the specific surgery. While swelling, pain, bleeding, and infection are common side effects, other potential complications may be specific to your procedure. Follow the pre and post-operative instructions your oral surgeon provides to help minimize the risk of complications and promote a successful recovery. 

8. Will I need to take time off work or make any lifestyle changes during my recovery?

The answer to this question will depend on the type of procedure you are having and your healing time. If you have a simple tooth extraction, you may only need to take a day or two off work and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. You may need to take a week or more off work for complex surgeries, such as wisdom teeth removal, and avoid certain activities for longer.

Your oral surgeon will discuss any necessary lifestyle changes with you before your surgery, including any restrictions on physical activity, dietary changes, or medication requirements. 

9. Can you walk me through the surgery process and what I can expect on the day of the procedure?

Your oral surgeon will be able to provide you with detailed information about the procedure and what to expect on the day of surgery. The surgery process will vary depending on your procedure. It is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth prior to surgery. Once you arrive at the office, typically, the oral surgeon will ask you to clean your mouth with a solution to reduce bacteria. Anesthesia is then administered, if necessary, and the surgical site is prepared. During surgery, your surgeon may use drills, scalers, or forceps. After the surgery, your surgeon will apply bandages and sutures and provide post-operative instructions for proper care.

10. How much experience do you have performing this surgery, and what are your success rates?

At Foley & Le, our oral surgeons have extensive experience performing a wide range of oral surgeries, including dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, bone grafting, and more. They stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology to provide their patients with the highest level of care.

When it comes to success rates, our surgeons have a proven track record of success in performing these procedures. We are proud to have helped countless patients achieve better oral health and improve their quality of life through our surgical treatments.

Your Oral Surgeon Boulder, CO

Undergoing any surgery can be stressful, but we are here to answer any questions and guide you through the process with compassion and care. At Foley & Le Oral Surgeons, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest care and expertise in oral surgery. 

If you’re looking for an oral surgeon near me or oral surgery Boulder, CO, we can help. To schedule an appointment, call (303) 444-2255 or complete the online booking form.

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