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A wide range of oral health issues involves altering soft tissues in the mouth. These treatment plans might be associated with dental implant restorations, gum surgery, and other treatments.

After our oral surgeons has completed the treatment we will provide you with specific recovery instructions. If necessary, aftercare might also include prescriptions for anti-inflammatory, pain management or antibiotics medications, which will need to be taken at the stated times and dosages for maximum effect.

You should also note that certain lifestyle habits could also complicate the recovery process and increase your chances of suffering an infection in the healing oral tissues. Drinking from a straw or using tobacco products should be avoided throughout the recovery process. The suction could potentially pull a blood clot loose or lead to the condition known as dry sockets.

The tar and other chemicals introduced into your mouth by smoking or chewing tobacco can potentially irritate soft oral tissues, which could also increase your chances of suffering an infection in the sutured tissues. If you have an upcoming procedure scheduled with Drs. Ford, Guter, or Gray, you might want to talk to your primary care physician about a tobacco cessation program.

If you are scheduled to have an oral surgery performed at Oral Surgery of Tidewater’s clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and you have a question, you can always call (757) 544-9192 to speak to a member of our caring staff.