General Questions

Q: How long will I be out of school/work?

A: 3 days

Q: How long will it be before the stitches come out?

A The stitches will dissolve on their own anywhere from 3 to 14 days. If you are having any surgery performed on the outside of the face, these stitches will have to be removed by the doctor at the post-operative appointment.
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Q: How long will the bleeding continue?

A The bleeding will occur off and on anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. The dry tea bags will help slow down the bleeding dramatically.

Q: I finished all of my pain medication and I am still having pain, what do I do now?

A You may take 800mg of Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin. If the pain does not minimize, call our office.

Q: The pain medication that I was prescribed is not helping, what should I do?

A You may take 600mg of Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin and mix it with the pain medication. This will help the pain medicine last longer and it will also help with the inflammation.

Q: When and what can I eat after surgery?

A You may eat or drink as soon as you would like. Expect to be on a soft food diet for several days. Example: soups, ice cream, mashed potatoes. The only foods that are not recommended are hot and spicy foods for the first 48 hours. Also, stay away from crunchy foods (popcorn, peanuts, and potato chips) for the first 7 to 10 days after surgery.

Q: When can I start back to extracurricular activities?

A Normally, 5-7 days after surgery. Every patient’s surgery is different, so check with the doctor on the day of your surgery.

Q: Why am I more swollen on one side of my face than I am the other? How long will the swelling last?

A The extraction site(s) may be more difficult on one side than it is on the other. The swelling gradually expands over the first three days and then will decrease rapidly.

Q: Why does it feel like I am biting my cheek after surgery?

A This is due to swelling. After a couple days when the swelling decreases, the problem will subside.

Insurance Questions

Q: Do I have to pay up front?

A: No. You only pay the portion that your insurance states they won’t pay or any co-pays that apply. We will contact your insurance after your consultation visit and notify you of the portion before your procedure.

Q: Do you accept insurance?

A YES. We participate with most major medical and dental insurance plans including Medicaid. All insurances, dental and medical, are filed by us.

Q: Does my dental insurance cover IV sedations?

A SOMETIMES. If more than one tooth is extracted, normally IV sedation would be covered. If only one tooth is extracted, IV sedation is not typically covered.

Q: Is extraction of wisdom teeth medical or dental?

A EITHER. This depends on your individual plan. Many medical plans do cover teeth that are impacted.

Q: Once Co-Pays are paid will I owe more money?

A MAYBE. If your insurance does not pay the remaining balance, you may be responsible for the remainder of the bill.

Q: When will I know my portion of the payment?

AAt the consultation, we will contact your insurance and let you know your portion that day or before your surgery date.