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How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
One of the first things we will tell you to avoid after oral surgery is physical activity. This is a time to relax and allow your body to recover. Any surgery is traumatic on a person, and oral surgery is no exception. Rest will allow your mouth to develop a blood clot that will protect the bone from infection and returning to strenuous exercise too soon can set your recovery back. While you should be able to move around right after your surgery, the best way to get better is to follow our advice to rest as much as possible. This will only help you get better and resume your normal activities sooner. When Can I Exercise Again After Oral Surgery?One of the main reasons to avoid exercise during the first few days following oral surgery is because there is a risk a dry socket could develop. This happens when the blood clot that needs to form over the incision gets dislodged and is extremely painful. Having a dry socket could hinder your recovery and force you to visit our office to get treated. It is very uncomfortable and unnecessary when you follow our instructions carefully. In general, if you are healthy and your recovery is going as planned, you can resume exercising after about 4-days. However, every person is different, and the speed at which you can return to your regular physical activity will depend on your own situation. The best advice we can give you is to rest and allow that blood clot to form as it should. Rest will prevent additional bleeding and a dry socket. Trust us; you don't want to experience that type of discomfort. Taking a short walk out in the backyard if you feel up to it, after a couple of days of rest, should be fine, but if you are not sure, please give us a call....

How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
Posted on 9/10/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
We may recommend a bone graft if your jawbone is too thin or not strong enough to support a dental implant, which can cause the surgery to fail. In general, if you have missing teeth, this causes bone loss which can affect the jaw bone, and while it may sound scary, bone grafting is a relatively routine procedure. What is Bone Grafting? Bone grafting is a procedure where one of our surgeons takes a piece of bone from another part of the body or a bone bank and places it in the jaw bone. This procedure is done mostly when the jawbone is insufficient or not strong enough to support implants. The bone grafting procedure takes about an hour, depending on your situation. If there are other problems, it may take longer, but it is essential to replace the bone inside the jaw after an extraction to avoid jaw resorption. How Long Does It Take to Recover from Bone Grafts? Depending on how many teeth are missing and how many bone grafts you need, the recovery can take about 4-months. Sometimes you won't be ready for implants until 7 or 9-months after your bone grafting surgery. It is crucial that we wait the required time, especially when you are scheduled for implants because otherwise, the operation could fail. Other factors that will affect the recovery time for bone grafting is if the surgery is to the lower or upper jaw and whether or not you need gum grafting simultaneously. If you have any questions about bone grafting surgery and how long it will take to heal, we are here to answer all your questions. If our surgeon determines you need this procedure, the consultation for the surgery is an ideal time to get all the information you need to go into the procedure with confidence....

Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
Posted on 8/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
During a root canal treatment our dentist clears inflamed or infected tissue in the root of the tooth. While this is a routine process in most cases, sometimes, if the infection doesn't go away, an apicoectomy may be needed. How Does an Apicoectomy Work? Root canals are used all the time to treat infections of the root of the teeth, however, sometimes stubborn infected tissue can remain in the canal branches and you may need to have an apicoectomy to clear it out. However, before resorting to the apicoectomy, a second root canal may be attempted first. If this doesn't work you need a more advanced treatment. Our endodontist makes a small incision in your gum and lifts the gum from the tooth and bone. In some cases, a drill may be used to gain access to the root, so that the infected tissue can be removed, along with a portion of the root tip. Once this procedure is completed the root of the tooth's canal is cleaned and sealed. You will probably get an X-ray of the area before it's sealed off. Recovery from an Apicoectomy We will send you home with instructions on how to care for the area after the surgery. Usually we ask you to use ice for the first 10 to 12 hours after the surgery and get plenty of rest. You can also take over-the-counter medications to help with swelling and you may be issued a prescription medication if needed. You should avoid brushing the area for the first 24 hours, but can start doing so gently the following day. You should also consider a soft diet that doesn't include any crunchy or hard foods. As tempting as it may be, to check how the injury looks in your mouth, you should not lift your lip to examine the area because this can loosen the stitches and prevent the blood clot needed for healing from forming. If you're diagnosed includes an apicoectomy, we will go over all the details and answer the questions that you may have about the procedure....

All Posts:

How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
How to Handle Graft Pain
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Fixing an Underbite
Defining Impacted Teeth
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
What is Orthognathic Surgery?

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