The Information You Need
New Patient Forms
If you are a new patient, it may be more convenient for you to print and fill out our new patient forms before your visit. They can be downloaded here. This is merely a convenience, and not required. If you wish to fill them out at our office before your visit, we will be happy to provide them, but please arrive early enough before your appointed time to get it all completed.
We will do everything we can to help you afford the treatment you need and want. For patients who require major work, a complete payment plan is designed with an appropriate payment schedule. Forms of payment accepted by the office are check, cash, or any major credit card.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you provide us with at least 24 hours notice. We ask for this advance notice so that we can offer this appointment to another patient. A fee will be charged if a patient misses an appointment without 24 hours notice.
Instructions for Care After Procedures
- Flouride Treatment
- Dental Implant Surgery
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
- Impacted Tooth Removal
- Multiple Tooth Extractions
After Flouride Treatment
Your teeth have been treated with 5% sodium flouride varnish. This treatment delivers fluoride, calcium phosphate and a preventative coating to your tooth surfaces. To obtain the maximum benifit, we ask that you follow these recomendations after you leave our office.
- Do NOT brush or floss for at least 4-6 hours.
- If possible, wait until tomorrow morning to resume normal oral hygiene.
- Eat a soft food diet during the treatment period.
- Avoid hot drinks and products containing alcohol during the treatment period.
You will be able to feel the varnish on your teeth. At the completion of the treatment period you may brush and floss to remove any remaining varnish.
After Dental Implant Surgery
After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that you take at easy for 48-72 hours. Resting assists the healing process and limits after surgery bleeding. Drink plenty of fluids, but nothing too cold. You may need to apply an ice pack to your face in twenty-minute intervals for the 2 days following surgery. If you received upper implants, do not blow your nose for two weeks. It is common to experience slight bleeding for about two days after surgery. You will feel slightly uncomfortable the first two days following surgery, but the third day is generally better. An increase in temperature of about 1 to 2 degrees is to be expected and is not a cause for concern. Finally, while you can eat when you are hungry, do not chew directly onto the bone graft.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that requires some post-operative care to reduce the chance of infection or other complications. Immediately after surgery, a gauze pad will be placed over the extraction site, which should not be removed for at least 45 minutes, and then discarded after that. Refrain from drinking from a straw or rinsing the mouth to ensure that you do not dislodge the blood clot that has formed. Limit your activities that day. You can resume your regular activities the following day. Take the pain medication as prescribed to reduce the amount of discomfort you feel after the local anesthetic wears off. As with any oral surgery, refrain from drinking through a straw as doing so creates suction and may disrupt the sutures.
After Impacted Tooth Removal
A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room to accommodate the space in the dental arch and growth becomes impossible. After surgery to remove an impacted tooth, mild discomfort and some swelling is expected. This is part of the process and should not alarm you. You may use cold compresses to alleviate the swelling. In addition, your doctor will prescribe pain medication, which should be taken as directed. Patients are also advised to favor the extraction area and modify their diet for a few days to allow for healing.
After Multiple Tooth Extractions
The removal of one or two teeth is a simple procedure. Extracting multiple teeth requires that the jawbone be shaped and removed to prepare for a denture. You may experience the following after a multiple tooth extraction procedure. Within two days, you will experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and possibly around the eye as well. The area around your eye may also become discolored, which may be alleviated by a warm compress. The muscles near the extraction site may become sore after surgery, causing a sore throat. This is normal as well as the corners of your mouth becoming dry and cracked from being stretched open during surgery. In most cases, you will have a follow up appointment with your dentist within 48 hours after surgery to discuss any post surgery symptoms that you are experiencing.