Frequently asked questions:
1. What insurance plans do you take?
– BC/BS (Dental& Medical)
-Delta Dental PPO
– Total Dental Administrators
-Unite Healthcare (Dental Only)
2. How long is my recovery after wisdom teeth extractions?
Three to seven days depending on the difficulty of removing the wisdom teeth. Please ask the surgeon at your appointment.
3. How much is the surgery going to cost?
The cost depends on the difficulty of the surgery, the length of the surgery, the anesthesia used (IV, Nitrous, or local only) and your insurance coverage. Our treatment coordinators will provide you a cost estimate at your consultation appointment.
4.Will my medical insurance cover my wisdom teeth surgery?
Your medical insurance may cover part of the surgery. Our administrative team will check for you.
5. Can I make payments?
We work with several 3rd party financing companies which permit you to make payments for your surgery. Ask our team for details.
6. How long is surgery?
That will depend on what type of surgery is being done.
7. Do I need a ride when I come in for surgery?
If you are being sedated or going to sleep you will need to have a driver bring you to surgery and remain in the reception room during surgery. They also should plan to drive you home and stay there with you for at least several hours.
8. Can I fill out paperwork before coming to my appointment?
Yes, on our website, there is a page for New Patient Forms
9. Do you do the surgery in your office?
Yes, most procedures are performed in the office. However, some surgeries are performed in the hospital based on the patient’s need.
10. Do I have to be put to sleep for my surgery?
This depends on the type of surgery that you need. Please ask your surgeon for options and recommendations.
11. Do you use Nitrous for surgeries?
Yes, sometimes we use Nitrous alone or in combination with IV anesthesia. Please ask your surgeon about this.
12. Can I have my prescriptions before surgery?
Sometimes prescriptions can be given before surgery. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
13. I am a minor do I need to bring a parent with me?
Yes, patients younger than 18 require a parent or legal guardian to be present.
14. What are the steps for an implant?
The implant functions as a man-made root.
Sometimes implants can be placed the same day that the tooth is removed. However, some patients require bone grafting to increase the bone volume before the implants are placed. We will work with your dentist who will place the crown/ cap after the appropriate healing.
15. Do you take checks?
We take cash and credit cards the day of surgery. Checks must be delivered to the office one week before surgery.
16. Can I drink water before surgery with anesthesia?
No, you should have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before surgery if you are being sedated.
|1. How soon can I brush my teeth after Surgery?
Gently brushing the remaining teeth, beginning the day after surgery is encouraged for most patients.
|2. Do I take my regular medications the day of the surgery?
That depends on the medications that you take. You will need to discuss this with your surgeon at the consultation appointment.
|3. What type of food do I need to stock up on before surgery?
Soft food that requires no or minimal chewing (soup, eggs, rice, mashed potatoes).
|4. What type of food do I need to avoid after surgery?
Hard foods, sharp food like chips and any food that requires a lot of chewing.
|5. Do I keep the gauze in when I drink or eat?
No, the gauze should be removed temporarily during eating and drinking.
|6. Can I keep extracted teeth after surgery?
Extracted teeth are disposed of in the Biohazard container at our office.
|7. How long until the IV medications completely wear off?
Your recovery time will depend on the type and amount of anesthesia given. You should expect to rest at home for the rest of the day after IV Anesthesia.
|8. When can I play my instrument again?
Usually about one week after surgery.
|9. Can I take a cab/taxi home?
Not after sedation unless you have a friend or family member with you.
|10. Will I wake up in the middle of surgery?
You should not wake up during surgery if a general anesthetic is planned for your case.
|11. Do you give pain medication during surgery?
Some of the anesthesia medications provide pain relief as well as sedation. However, you will likely be given separate pain medication prescriptions.
|12. How long will it take for the stitches to dissolve?
Most stitches dissolve in 5 to 7 days. Longer lasting stitches can take 3-4 weeks to dissolve occasionally we will place non-dissolving sutures.
|13. When can I rinse my mouth & drink through a straw after Surgery?
You may begin rinsing the day after surgery but don’t use a straw to drink for the first 3-4 days.
|14. How long will wisdom teeth surgery take?
It depends on the difficulty of the surgery but usually around 30-40 minutes.
|15. When can I stop taking the pain medication?
This depends on the nature of the surgery.
|16. Do I need to be put to sleep for implants?
No, sometimes implants can be placed with local anesthesia. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
|17. When can I get a tooth on my implant?
The crown/cap is usually placed on the implant after it has osseoingrated (fused to the bone). This time will be different for each patient case. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
|18. How long does it take to heal from my bone graft?
The healing depends on the type of bone graft performed but is usually 4 months before implants are placed.
|19. Why can’t I blow my nose after sinus lift?
The sinus and the nose are connected by the sinus drainage “tube”. Blowing the nose after the surgery will cause the graft to fail.
|20. What is a dry socket?
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot breaks down and is dissolved from the socket early in the post-extraction healing process, producing increased pain in the first 2-5 days after surgery.
|21. How soon after surgery can I go back to working out or playing sports?
The recovery time varies depending upon the type of surgery performed but is usually 5- 7 days.