So you just had the dreaded teeth surgery conversation with your dentist. This can seem like a huge consideration, and you may think to yourself: “Is this even necessary?”. Even though getting any surgery can feel stressful, there are some important things to keep in mind when researching or scheduling your procedure. This will minimize your stress when it comes to the day of your appointment.
Before Teeth Surgery: Verify Certification
First and foremost, you want to make sure you are going to a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This is incredibly important because there is additional schooling and training required in order to be certified in this field. A dentist is not certified to do the work of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Surgeries of this nature include, but are not limited, to wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and bone grafting. If you have questions about a surgeon’s certification make sure to ask their office for their credentials.
An AAOMS board-certified diplomate, Dr. Donovan Hansen covers all of the educational angles you would hope that your surgeon would cover. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University before he enrolled in dental school. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Dental Student Award.
Ready to learn more, he then started his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specialty training at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. His surgical training for oral and maxillofacial procedures was complemented by extensive training in IV and general anesthesia.
Post Surgery: Care and Rest
Another thing people may not think about when going through teeth surgery is the after care. After you have a surgery of this nature, you will want to make sure you are well rested, hydrated and that you have someone there to help take care of you. The anesthesia used in these procedures can make you groggy for the remainder of the day so you cannot drive yourself or operate any heavy machinery. Additionally, you will have a modified diet for a period of time. Based on your surgery you will want to stock your home with foods you can eat or drink while you recover.
In all you have very little to worry about when it comes to teeth surgery. There will be minor swelling and pain but as long as you have the right surgeon you will be happy with your results. Teeth surgery can change your life whether it’s something that will reduce your day-to-day pain and functioning or something aesthetic. Your smile is extremely important and should be treated accordingly.