If you have been scheduled to have general anesthesia/sedation for your surgery, it is essential that you do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery. Any liquid or solid food in your stomach during anesthesia can have life-threatening consequences. If you have accidentally eaten anything prior to surgery, inform the doctor immediately. If you are on medication […]
Every member of our oral surgery team at Northern Westchester Oral Surgery in Mt. Kisco, NY, strives to ensure comfortable recoveries and optimal results for every patient that visits our office. One of the ways we can help patients heal quickly and achieve the best surgical results is by providing them with specific instructions for pre- and post-operative care. We offer general pre-operative instructions for all patients to follow prior to their procedure, regardless of their treatment; these instructions ensure you are properly prepared and help prevent complications during surgery. Additionally, we provide post-operative instructions specific to each patient's treatment that outline care upon returning home for recovery.
Whether you are coming to our office for a simple extraction, or you are in need for more complex bone grafting and implant placement, we have instructions to help you heal properly and recover comfortably. Your instructions will depend on your specific procedure, and it is important that you read and understand them before surgery so you are fully prepared upon arriving home following your procedure. We encourage you to browse the list of instructions below and to review the instructions relevant to your treatment; if you are unsure which instructions to review, or you have read your instructions and feel uncertain, please contact our office immediately. We are happy to speak with you and clear up any confusion so you can feel comfortable proceeding with treatment.
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, insert another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do […]
If you have been scheduled to have your wisdom teeth removed, it will be important to follow these instructions exactly as they are presented. Discomfort is normal after the extraction of teeth. You should begin taking pain medication prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. For moderate pain, ibuprofen (also known as Advil or Motrin) may be taken if you […]
It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s). Do NOT disturb the wound. Avoid spitting or touching the wound for a few days after surgery. There may be a metal stump slightly protruding through the gum tissue. Some bleeding or redness is normal for […]
If you are undergoing exposure of an impacted tooth, it is important to follow these instructions exactly to ensure optimal healing and quick recovery. After your surgery, do not disturb the wound or the packing that is placed inside in your mouth. This packing is in place to keep the tooth exposed; however, do not be alarmed if this packing […]
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. Be as gentle as you can around the bone grafting area. Try to maintain all graft material at the surgical site. Bleeding Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) […]
A sinus lift treatment is performed to increase the height of bone available for your implant(s). It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implant(s). Do NOT blow your nose for at least 7 days, as the pressure will delay or damage your sinus healing. […]