Oral surgery is always a last resort, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good for you. Sometimes, having a treatment like a wisdom tooth extraction, bone graft, or something similar is just what you need to keep your smile healthy.
Call our Jeffersonville, IN dental office today at 812-406-0914 to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Kirchner takes 10 times the required continuing education courses each year, making him the Jeffersonville dentist who can safely help you with oral surgery.
Why Oral Surgery Might Be What You Need
Typically, oral surgery is used when you have a tooth that’s too damaged or infected to save. You can often save a tooth with restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns, fillings, or root canals. But there are times when either you didn’t get to our Jeffersonville, IN dental office in time or an accident happened that caused too much damage at one time.
Here are some specific cases where oral surgery can be just what you need:
- You need to replace a tooth with a dental implant.
- You have a wisdom tooth that’s coming in wrong and causing dental health problems.
- You have a cavity so big that fillings or dental crowns won’t work anymore.
- Your jawbone has deteriorated and need to be strengthened.
- The bone around a tooth needs support to keep your teeth (or dental implants) in place.
By calling Kirchner Dental, you can get an oral surgery appointment to help with these problems. Our Jeffersonville dentist will first thoroughly examine your teeth and make sure there are no other alternatives. If not, rest assured that Dr. Kirchner has advanced training from the prestigious Dawson Academy and Spear Education groups to help make sure it goes the way it should.
Preparing For Your Oral Surgery Visit
Oral surgery is routine these days, but here are some tricks to help make your oral surgery treatment go more smoothly.
Hold off on eating or drinking starting eight hours before your appointment.
Oral surgery is still surgery, so unless you are told otherwise by our team, you should not eat or drink anything beginning eight hours before when you are supposed to arrive at our Jeffersonville, IN dental office. You can always take any prescription medication and drink water.
Get some soft, bland foods to eat for after your surgery.
Because you’re fasting before your oral surgery appointment, you’re going to be hungry afterward. But with the work done on your mouth, you need to avoid any foods that are chewy, spicy, or tough. The day before your appointment, go to the supermarket and pick out soft, bland foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, and soup to eat.
Make sure any pre- and post-op instructions are clear to you.
If you are given any instructions from our Jeffersonville dentist, make sure that you read them thoroughly a few days before your appointment. That way, if there is anything you don’t understand or want to clarify, you can call us at 812-406-0914 and get the answer you need.
Line up some shows, games, and media for resting afterward.
Once you’re home, you’ll need some time to rest and recuperate. However, there’s only so much time you can spend napping. To keep from being too bored, get some TV shows, movies, games, or what have you ready for when you get back home. This way, you can enjoy your time as you heal up.
Lay out comfortable clothes and put away the makeup and jewelry.
On the day of your oral surgery appointment, there’s no need to dress to impress. Since you could be lying back in one of our dental chairs for a bit, you should lay out some comfortable clothes the night before. Along the same lines, you can skip the makeup and jewelry when coming to see our Jeffersonville dentist. Makeup will just get smeared, while facial jewelry can get in the way during the oral surgery. (Rings are fine, of course)
Call us today at 812-406-0914 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. Given his advanced training, Dr. Kirchner is your Jeffersonville dentist who can help you get through your oral surgery appointment as easily as possible.