General FAQs

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have completed additional training post dental school (usually 4-6 years). This training covers a wide variety of areas including but not limited to, dentoalveolar surgery (single tooth removal, multiple tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal), oral pathology, facial bone trauma management, general anesthesia, dental implants and bone grafting, and orthognathic (jaw) surgery.

Do I need consultation prior to my oral surgery?

Many patients are seen and treated the same day. This is typical especially for extraction and other simple problems. Complicated problems will require separate consultations. Please contact our office with any concerns over consultation requirements.

Does my ride have to check in with me?

Yes, a ride is required to check in with every patient undergoing general IV sedation – at the time of check in.  We do not make exceptions to this policy.  The driver must also remain at the office for at least an hour and arrive to take the patient home afterwards. The reason for this policy is because we want to ensure the transfer home is as safe and smooth as possible.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, money order, and credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover.

When should I pay for my portion of treatment?

All payment for the estimated out-of-pocket portion, and private paying patients are accepted at the time of check-in on the day of the procedure.

Post Operative FAQS

I have pain three to four weeks after my surgery, is this normal?

Typically, this indicates some type of a localized infection. Please call our office, so we can evaluate this and recommend appropriate treatment.

My lip and or tongue is numb, what should I do?

Numbness of the lip, tongue, gums, teeth etc. is a common occurrence after lower jaw surgery. Many times, roots of lower third molar and adjacent teeth may be close to the Inferior Alveolar Nerve (the nerve that supplies sensation to the front portion of the lip and chin). Numbness to this area is usually caused by some type of irritation to this nerve and generally resolves within a few days or weeks. Occasionally, it may take longer to resolve or require more definitive management. It is however, important for you to have us evaluate this so appropriate recommendations can be made. Please call the office with any questions you may have related to this issue.

My sutures came out on the first day of surgery, what should I do?

We typically use re-absorbable sutures (stitches). They begin to dissolve within 2-3 days. It’s ok for them to come out. If you notice any significant and persistent bleeding please let us know.

How long do the holes in my jaw remain after tooth removal?

The “holes” or better, extraction sockets will generally close within 6 weeks. It will take several months for the sockets to actually fill with bone. If food gets trapped in the socket area, be sure to clean it with the water syringe given to you at the time of your surgery.

I have terrible breath after my third molar surgery, does this mean I have an infection?

No. The bad breath is from matter getting into the socket area. Be sure to keep the surgery site clean and this should resolve.