Your family dentist has given you news that you had hoped you would never hear. You are going to need oral surgery.

Thinking about surgery can be worrisome, but thinking about surgery on your mouth, well, that’s more than worrisome.

Fortunately, you can visit North Shore Smile Surgery where you will be in the experienced and talented hands of Dr. Frank.

He has performed thousands of oral surgeries for patients from Buffalo Grove and the Chicago area at our dentist office.

Today we want to share a little of Dr. Frank’s background along with some tips on how to prepare for your oral surgery and what to expect during your recovery.

Getting To Know Dr. Frank

Our own Dr. Scott Frank completed his D.D.S. at Northwestern University in 1987. He has continued his dental education in multiple ways.

The American Cancer Society selected him for a head and neck externship at the University of Chicago Hospital. He also finished a residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. focused on oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Today, he serves as the director of the Elite Dental Group, which is an affiliate of the Seattle Study Club, arguably the most advanced continuing dental education group in the country.

Preparing For Oral Surgery

As you know, dental and medical care often requires paperwork. We have tried to make this easier by making forms available online. This way you can download them, print them out, and fill them out at your convenience.

As you are doing this, please provide a list of any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements.

Be sure to include your dental insurance information as well so our staff can help you get the maximum benefits provided under your policy.

Make arrangements for your general dentist to send X-rays to us, which will help us prepare for your procedure.

If you may be receiving anesthesia, it’s important that you avoid eating or drinking anything (including water) for at least six hours before your procedure.

Patients who may be using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can eat a light meal.

Last but not least, make arrangements for someone else to take you home after your oral surgery is over. This is important for support and for your safety.

Recovering After Oral Surgery

Understandably, many patients wonder how they will feel in the aftermath of their procedure. If you are anticipating surgery, we will review our recommendations for you.

For now, try to keep the following tips in mind:

• Don’t Meddle With Your Wound

You should avoid sucking on the wound or touching it with your fingers. Biting down on gauze for 45 minutes can help. Swallow any saliva that you produce as a result.

• Expect Some Bleeding

Keep in mind that bleeding is normal for up to 48 hours with some procedures.

You can use gauze or a moist tea bag over the wound to absorb blood. You can hold these in place for 60 to 90 minutes. If the bleeding continues, replace the gauze and hold for another hour.

If the bleeding persists, call 847-276-2500 at any time day or night to reach a doctor on call.

• Take Pain Relievers As Directed

Whether you are taking over-the-counter or prescription medicines, it’s extremely important that you use them as you have been directed.

• Eat Foods That Will Settle Your Stomach

It’s important to avoid greasy foods for at least half a day after your surgery. Eating foods like bananas, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal may help prevent an upset stomach.

• Use Ice To Reduce Swelling

One of the common after-effects of oral surgery is localized swelling. This is normal even though it may be uncomfortable.

You can use an ice bag or cold pack to relieve pain and reduce this swelling. For the first 48 hours after your procedure, you can apply cold relief for up to 30 minutes with a 30-minute break in between.

In general, the most swelling occurs between 36 and 48 hours after your surgery.

A few other quick tips including eating soft foods or drinking liquid supplements (such as Ensure), limiting physical activity during your recovery, and maintaining your oral hygiene.

We Can Answer Your Questions

If you have any questions about your procedure or during your recovery, you can always call our dentist office in Buffalo Grove, IL, at 847-276-2500.

North Shore Smile Surgery is ready to help with any of your oral surgery needs. Call the number above or user our online form to make an appointment to get started.

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