Preparing for Your Oral Surgery

If you have an oral surgery coming up, you probably have a lot of questions for your oral surgeon in Anchorage, AK.

At Turnagain Dental, we are always here to help you by answering your questions and addressing your concerns!

Many patients wonder what steps they can take to prepare themselves for their upcoming procedure. Most procedures, including wisdom tooth extraction and dental implant placement, don’t require a large amount of preparation on your part. The procedures aren’t long and complicated and recovery is fast.

Here’s what you can do to make sure your treatment and recovery goes smoothly:

  1. Follow all of Dr. Green’s instructions. If you need to pick up prescriptions prior to the procedure, make sure to do this.
  2. Stock your pantry with soft foods. Yogurt, pudding, smoothies, hard-boiled eggs, and cool soups, and protein shakes are all great choices for nutrition following oral surgery. Dr. Green can let you know how many days you should be prepared for.
  3. Stop smoking. Smoking can interfere with recovery from oral surgery in a number of ways. The sucking action of smoking a cigarette can dislodge the clot from your socket, which is needed for healing. Smoking also causes blood vessels in your mouth to restrict, delaying the healing process. This delay can create a greater opportunity for infection or other complications. We can discuss smoking cessation options with you ahead of time.
  4. Schedule work and other activities accordingly. You will want to make sure you have a day off from work and other activities, like driving. If you are taking a prescription for pain, you want to be especially careful to avoid these types of activities. Arrange for a day or two off following your procedure as well.
  5. Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. This will allow you to relax and take your medications right away.

We want you to have an excellent experience. Any time you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Anchorage dental office and ask!

How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

medium_how-to-prepare-for-oral-surgeryThough most oral surgery treatments are outpatient procedures, and you are able to return home afterwards, it can still be beneficial to be prepared.  Not only will these early preparations make the day of surgery easier, it can also aid in the healing process as well. Dr. David Green and his team at Turnagain Dental do their best to make each oral surgery procedure less stressful for their patients by going over ways they can prepare for their surgery day and tips for a faster and more comfortable recovery.

Preparing for Oral Surgery

  • Find a ride – During almost every oral surgery procedure, the patient will need to be put under local anesthesia. In some cases, it can take a while to wear off, so it is important to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
  • Fast – In most cases, your dentist will recommend that you fast before your surgery for roughly eight to ten hours. During this time, you cannot eat or drink anything. Early morning oral surgeries are often more ideal because you can sleep during the time you should be fasting, skip breakfast in the morning, and go straight to your appointment.
  • Fill your prescriptions – Your dentist may give you a prescription that you will need to take after the surgery, so having these filled prior will save you a trip to the pharmacy. If they don’t provide you with the prescription until the day of, this is something your driver may be able to help you with.
  • Stock up on soft foods – For the first few days after the surgery you will need to consume only soft foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, and liquid soups. Making sure you have these items ready to go for when you get home from your surgery can make the recovery process easier and less stressful.


Once you have returned home from your oral surgery, it is important to rest and try to get as much sleep as possible. Only consume soft food for the first few days in order to avoid any food particles getting stuck in your gums. It is also best to avoid drinking with straws or sucking on anything, as this can dislodge blood clots and cause dry socket. If you experience severe pain a few days after your surgery, speak to your dentist as soon as possible.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are in the Anchorage, AK area and need a dental implant, wisdom tooth removal, or other extraction, please contact our office today to learn more about our oral surgery process and to schedule your consultation.

What to Expect During Your Oral Surgery Procedure

medium_how-to-prepare-for-oral-surgeryWhen your dentist tells you that you need oral surgery, it can cause a lot of anxiety. Especially if you need to go to another dental office to have the procedure done. At Turnagain Dental, Dr. David Green performs all of our oral surgery procedures in the same office. This allows our patients the comfort and convenience of having their surgery done by their own dentist in the same office they go to for everything else. We also strive to make sure that all of your questions are answered prior to your oral surgery procedure so you know what to expect.

What to Expect During Your Oral Surgery Procedure

  • The consultation – During your oral surgery consultation we will conduct an exam and x-rays in order to get a complete picture of the anatomy of your mouth. We will then go over your x-rays with you and describe what we will be doing and why. We will also give you a list of things to do before the surgery such as fasting, taking medication, and wearing comfortable clothing.
  • The day of – When you come in for your surgery, we will answer any questions you have before administrating a numbing shot or local anesthesia. We will then perform the tooth extraction or dental implant procedure. After the extraction or implant, we will place gauze in your mouth to help form blood clots.
  • Aftercare – We will give your driver a list of aftercare instructions and a prescription to fill on your way home. It is important to follow these instructions so you don’t hinder the healing process of your gums. This includes consuming soft foods for the first few days, avoiding using a straw, and how to clean your teeth and mouth without pulling any stitches.

Why Choose Us?

It can be hard to find a dental office in the Anchorage, AK area that can provide almost any dental service you need in one office. Dr. David Green has received extra training in performing extractions, dental implants, and bone grafts in order to meet the needs of his patients. If you would like to know more about oral surgery and other services we provide, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.