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Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
After a successful oral surgery, there are the usual conditions no one can escape. These include pain, some bleeding, swelling and discomfort. However, we usually make it so that no one has to suffer needlessly. For this reason, we usually prescribe a variety of over the counter medication to help with these conditions so that you can have a proper quality of life as you continue to heal. These medications are used to control these conditions among others that might occur post-surgery. Everyone's body is different. Therefore, there might be some complications that come up post-surgery that can be handled by these types of medication. Here are a few over the counter meds that are crucial post oral surgery. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs In case you are experiencing acute swelling, some drugs can be of great assistance to you. If you are looking for relief from discomfort and redness in the mouth, Corticosteroids are quite ideal. This product also helps gums heal and help the gums not to swell much. To Handle Gingivitis and Plaque After oral surgery, the likelihood of getting an infection is quite high. Given that the mouth is often very moist and with plenty of bacteria, you need something to keep such infections at bay. Chlorhexidine is an antibiotic that works very well to combat bacteria in the mouth. This drug is often available as a gelatin-filled chip and mouth rinse. After the oral surgery, it helps keep any bacterial infections away so that your mouth can heal well. Pain Killers After the surgery, you might not feel the pain at first, but as the numbing drugs start to wear off, the pain starts to come back. Depending on the type of surgery, you might need stronger pain killing medication than others. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are popular over the counter medications that help a great deal. However, when dealing with children, do not use ibuprofen unless directed by us. These drugs are quite helpful in recovery and help in alleviating the pain associated with many oral surgeries. When you take them as directed by us, you will be sure to recover quite well....

Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
The blood clot that forms at the site of a tooth removal serves a very important function. It shields the raw nerves and bone from bacteria and food particles and prevents infection. Sipping drinks from a straw immediately after oral surgery is not advisable because it can dislodge the clot. Why Should I Avoid Straws After Oral Surgery? All dentists make it a point to advise patients who have undergone oral surgery to avoid straws. Drinking from a straw can lead to a condition known as “dry socket”, which is painful and may result in an infection. The act of sucking through a straw can move the blood clot protecting the site of the tooth removal. Once that happens, food particles find their way there. Firmly lodged particles irritate the nerves and bone, slow down the healing process, and cause discomfort. Clot formation is a very important step in the healing process post tooth extraction. You need to do whatever you can to ensure that the clot stays in place and the traumatized nerves and tissue underneath it gets a chance to heal. Avoid straws. Even though there's a temptation to use them because of a perceived ease of use or due to force of habit, remember to drink juices, shakes, and such liquids without the straw. The negative pressure that the straw creates in the mouth can make the blood clot come loose. Do not rinse your mouth to dislodge stuck food particles. Do not spit forcefully. Smoking is not advisable and avoid brushing the teeth near the site of the extraction. As you can see, using a straw during the first week of recovery is fraught with risk for the blood clot that needs to be protected. If the blood clot goes, the dry socket that appears complicates the healing process. If you wish to learn more about safe and effective healing after oral surgery, then we'd love to share our expertise with you. Get in touch with us. Book your appointment today....

When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
Posted on 10/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Everybody loves a perfect smile. That is why cracked teeth can be a nightmare when you imagine opening your mouth to speak or smile at someone. They can also be a menace to your tongue when sweeping inside your mouth subconsciously. The fact that a tooth is broken leaves it more prone to erosion, wearing out and probable infection. What Causes Tooth Cracking? There's a number of reasons why someone's tooth can crack. The most common is accidents. Kids playing outside can fall and crack their teeth as well as adults going full speed on a motorbike. One can also crack their teeth from biting hard on metals and other strong materials. Grinding your teeth too much can bring about the same effects. You should probably refrain from successively introducing hot and cold foods to your mouth. This abrupt change in the mouth's temperature can be detrimental and cause teeth to crack. People above 50 years experience the highest number of tooth cracks due to wearing out of their natural teeth. How Can I Save The Situation After A Crack? A dentist is best suited to advise on how to fix a crack. If it is not a huge crack, then they will probably recommend filling it up. Fillings give your tooth a whole new look and conceal the cracks. For the slightly bigger cracks, a crown or cap fits perfectly in trying to cover the damaged part. However, sometimes after assessing the crack, it could appear that it has stretched to the pulp. This means that a more invasive procedure such as surgical extraction has to be employed to help secure you from gum infection. Remember, the first thing to do is always call a dentist. They will know what to do during your appointment. That's our service to you. Pay us a visit and explore all options present to help fix your tooth crack....

All Posts:

Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
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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