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Surgical Instructions


San Juan, CA woman in exam chair at oral surgeon's office.Prior to your surgery, you'll have a pre-op consultation in which we explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. We will also give you pre-operative instructions at this point so that you can prepare for your upcoming appointment. Some of the most common pre-op instructions involve fasting before the procedure, avoiding smoking, and staying away from certain medications. Failure to follow these rules could delay your procedure, and you may need to reschedule entirely.

Before Anesthesia

If you are scheduled for a dental surgery in which you will be receiving anesthesia to keep you comfortable, please follow the following steps. Compliance will help to ensure that your surgical procedure goes smoothly. Read more about Before Anesthesia.

Tooth Extraction

Recovery after a tooth extraction should only last for a couple of days, but there are certain steps that you can take to speed up the healing process. Read more about Tooth Extraction.

Multiple Extractions

In some situations, you'll need to have multiple teeth removed from your mouth at the same time. During these procedures, you'll be asked to follow a variety of steps to keep your mouth healthy after the surgery. Read more about Multiple Extractions.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Removing impacted wisdom teeth will be a major surgical procedure, so following the proper post-operative care will be vital to successful healing. If you don’t follow these instructions carefully, you may experience unnecessary pain and potential complications involving swelling and infection. Read more about Wisdom Teeth Surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

After you've had dental implant surgery, it is important that you follow a series of instructions in order to promote the best possible healing. First and foremost, avoid disturbing the wound, and to do this, you shouldn't rinse, spit, or touch the wound for the first 24 hours after surgery. Read more about Dental Implant Surgery.

Exposure of an Impacted Tooth

If you went through a surgical procedure in order to expose an impacted tooth, it is important to take certain steps following your appointment in order to promote healing and to stay comfortable. Most importantly, don’t disturb the wound. Read more about Exposure of an Impacted Tooth.

After your oral surgery, you'll be sent home with a detailed list of instructions on how to properly care for your teeth and gums. It is common to experience some discomfort, bleeding, and swelling, and we will provide you with prescription medication and home care advice on how to best deal with these issues. It is important to follow this guidance closely, as compliance can help you to avoid unnecessary pain and potential complications.

Remember that if you'll be under anesthesia that you will need someone to drive you home, and this person should plan to sit and wait during your procedure. Your escort can also be useful in helping you to understand and remember your post-operative instructions.

As always, if you have questions about preparing for or recovering from your surgical procedure, please be sure to contact our office right away.
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San Juan Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. David Cundick, D.D.S.
1700 N. Butler Ave., Farmington, NM 87401-6331

(505) 333-8635




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