What surgeries are performed at Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston?
The results of facial trauma or a chronic disease that leaves you scarred can be devastating, but they don’t have to be permanent. Don’t let this worrisome time be made even worse by confusing medical professionals. Visit trusted professionals who will make this difficult event a little easier. Whether trauma, cosmetic or reconstructive facial surgery.
At the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston, we’ve been the trusted source of oral, facial, and neck surgeries to those in the Houston area. Undergoing surgery can be scary and you probably have a lot of concerns and questions. Come to us and we’ll explain everything about your surgery in detail, making you feel better about the procedure.
We aren’t just dentists who perform oral surgeries, although that’s what we’re well known for. We perform most surgeries involving the face and neck.
Whatever your needed surgery, our team of experts can perform it masterfully and have you on the road to recovery in no time. Contact us today to set up a dental consult by filling out our online form or calling us at (281) 491-4545.
What you Need to Know about Getting a Tooth Pulled?
Many people need a tooth or multiple teeth pulled sometime in their life. While the thought of it may be a little scary, the reality is that this procedure is done routinely and safely by the professionals at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston on a regular basis. Don’t let fear keep you living in pain and enjoying the life you deserve.
Here are a few frequently asked questions to put your mind at ease:
How much will it cost for me to get my tooth pulled?
Unfortunately, we don’t know that until after the consultation is complete. However, a tooth extraction is typically medically necessary and therefore covered by most dental insurances. If you’re concerned about whether getting your tooth pulled will be covered, it’s best to contact your insurance agent to be sure. Factors depend on difficulty of extraction and whether sedation will be included.
Can the doctor put the implants in the same day he pulls my tooth?
Yes, both procedures can be done the same day but this is done on a case by case basis. Dental implants can be used to replace teeth or help with denture retention.
How many days do I need to recover after wisdom teeth extractions are done?
Everyone is different, generally 3-7 days. They are located further back, making them more methodical to remove, and often times impacted. Each patient is different but in general from one to seven days depending on the surgery and your own personal health. Wisdom teeth extractions may seem scary but is only made difficult because of the small opening and location in the mouth.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are uniquely trained for an additional 4-6 years after dental school to expertly remove these sometimes difficult teeth. When you need a tooth pulled, our team of dental experts can perform the extraction masterfully and have you on the road to recovery in no time. Contact us today to set up a dental consult by filling out our online form or calling us at (281) 491-4545.
Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston’s Insurance and Payment Plan Information?
While needing dental work can be stressful in itself, you don’t need to make it worse by going to a dental practice with confusing insurance and payment procedures. At the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston, we make every attempt to make your financial contribution and that of your insurance company as transparent as possible.
With that in mind, here are a few frequent questions we get from our patients regarding their payment and insurance:
Can you tell me how much my insurance will pay for my surgery?
Of course we can, once you have completed a consultation. We will provide you with a treatment plan outlining the insurance and patient responsibility. We will make our best effort to make sure you understand exactly what you’re responsible for and what your insurance will be covering.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we offer care credit to those patients who need financing options. Dental surgery like wisdom tooth extractions and implants are not typically something people budget for ahead of time. For this reason, we know it is in the best interest of our patients to allow them to pay off any part not covered by insurance in installments.
When you need dental work done, our team of dental experts will make sure you understand and agree to the financial side of it. Contact us today to set up a dental consult by filling out our online form or calling us at (281) 491-4545.
What to Expect in a Dental Consult at Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston?
Your dental health can be complex depending on several health and risk factors. For this reason, some of our patients at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston are actually referrals sent over by other dentists. During these dental consults, we often hear this question:
Why do I need a consult? I’ve already seen a dentist.
Dr. Johnson is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon which is a unique sub specialty of dentistry. Your dentist referred you to OFSIH due to the complexity of your case because you will be a new patient in our office. Dr. Johnson will need to do a separate evaluation to determine treatment.
During a dental consultation with us, Dr. Johnson will give you a full oral assessment to establish your oral health and recommend the best treatments for your you based on your goals and finances.
Assessment will look at:
Your bite, tongue, throat, cheeks and lips
Your jaw muscles and joint
Any fillings, crowns and veneers already in place
Any missing teeth and signs of ongoing decay
The health of your gums and surrounding bone around each tooth
Signs of tooth wear or improper brushing habits
Appearance of the teeth in the smile line, including color
In addition to visual checks for those cosmetic issues, dental x-rays will be taken to look for:
Your teeth from the crown to the bottom of the root
Any hard tissue changes of your facial bones
Abscess or cysts on the roots of your teeth
Any pathology of head and neck
Once your consult is finished, Dr. Johnson will discuss the findings with you. This will allow you to make an informed decision as to what is best for your long term dental health. Make an appointment to schedule your dental consult today.
When and What you Can Eat After Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
Undergoing surgery to have a wisdom tooth or multiple teeth removed is often an unpleasant time for our patients. We know this and sympathize, so we make every effort to keep you informed and comfortable with what is happening. One of the questions we answer the most often regarding wisdom tooth surgery is when and what you can eat after the extraction.
First, it’s important to be aware that you can’t eat before the procedure. This is a common mistake made by those who are concerned they can’t eat afterwards and will become too hungry. In fact, you could aspirate (vomit) while under anesthesia so it’s necessary to have an empty stomach. This food or liquid content in your stomach may enter into your lungs which may cause serious complications such as difficulty breathing which could lead to death. Don’t worry about starving though, you’ll be able to eat soft foods much sooner after your extraction than you may think.
Once you leave our office, you will need to eat a soft, non-chew diet consisting of food like mashed potatoes, soups, yogurt, ice cream, spaghetti for about a week. Your exact diet is up to you, so eat whatever you can tolerate but don’t push it because you have a craving for something else. Be mindful of chips, popcorn, spicy foods and acidic drinks like orange juice, while they may sound good in your head, they’ll end up causing much more pain then they’re worth. You should also avoid alcohol and other drugs during the recovery, especially if narcotics were prescribed to help you manage the pain.
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the specialities that the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston is known throughout the Sugarland, TX area. You can read other post-op do’s and don’t’s here, so far you’re fully prepared. Make an appointment to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction today at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute of Houston.