At Cosmetic Dental Associates, our favorite part about serving the San Antonio community is seeing our awesome patients when they come in for their routine dental cleanings and exams.
We know you like to see us, too, but you’d probably avoid coming to the dentist for oral surgery if you had the choice, right?
We feel the same way! Our team is committed to helping you achieve your healthiest mouth, and we’d much rather have you in our chair for a dental checkup or a cosmetic procedure that will beautify your smile and make you happy. But there are times when oral surgery is necessary, perhaps to save your tooth and restore its function, for example. Other reasons might be because:
– You need a tooth pulled.
– You need a root canal.
– You need gum treatment.
– You need a bone graft for dental implants.
At your checkups, one of our dentists will give you a thorough exam to look for any potential dental problems, some of which may require surgery. If you can’t avoid it, there’s no need to worry! Dr. Moore and our highly skilled team are experienced professionals who can handle your oral surgery with ease and precision.
We’re dedicating today’s blog to tips for avoiding oral surgery and how to prepare for one if you can’t!
What Are Some Preventive Measures For Avoiding Oral Surgery?
You Can Commit To Good Oral Hygiene.
Being proactive about your oral health is one of the best strategies for maintaining a healthy smile. That starts with keeping your mouth as clean as possible at home. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to keep your mouth clear of food particles, sugars, and acids left behind after meals. This will help prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
You Can Maintain A Healthy Diet.
Bacteria just love sugar. When it feeds on sugar from your food and drinks, it multiplies and sneaks its way under your gumline where it can cause all sorts of oral health problems and even serious issues with your overall health. So skip the sugary treats and opt for healthy, crunchy fruits and vegetables. Not only will this keep your waistline in check, but it will promote saliva production, which is your body’s natural defense against harmful debris that loves to take refuge in your mouth.
You Can Get A Custom Mouthguard.
An active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your health, but it does come with a fair amount of risk. If you play a sport or enjoy recreational, physical activity, it helps to get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard to help protect your lips, cheeks, teeth, and gums from injuries and accidents. If you lower the chance of getting a tooth knocked out, for example, you lower your chances of needing oral surgery.
You Can Get Necessary Treatment.
When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, procrastination is one of the worst things you can do. Putting off dental fillings or other restorative procedures will only make your dental problem worse, and will almost certainly lead to a more complicated oral surgery down the road.
You Can Schedule Regular Dental Checkups.
A good oral hygiene regimen at home is your part. Dental cleanings and exams are our specialty. Getting and keeping a healthy mouth is a team effort, and our team is definitely ready to help you! Our hygienists are highly trained to give you the deep cleaning you need to effectively prevent gum disease. Going to the dentist at least twice a year for checkups is one of the best preventive measures you can take to avoid oral surgery.
What If You Can’t Avoid Oral Surgery?
Then you’re in good hands at Cosmetic Dental Associates! We will go out of our way to make sure you understand all steps of your procedure and that you’re completely comfortable while you receive treatment. Here are some ways you can prepare at home for oral surgery:
-Read all pre-op instructions days before your surgery and ask any questions you may have.
-Stock up on cold packs, and put them in the freezer the night before to help with swelling.
-Go to the grocery beforehand and stock up on soft, bland foods.
-Keep books, games, and magazines within reach to entertain yourself during recovery.