Oral Surgery FAQs

How long will the surgery take?

The length of surgery depends on your treatment. Some surgery's are less than 30 minutes, while other procedures may take considerably longer. Gold Coast Family Dental will provide you with the estimated time of surgery at your pre-surgical consultation.

Is there a food and drink restriction prior to surgery?

If treatment calls for the patient to be sedated then yes there are food and/or drink restriction. The patient must not consume anything, including water for 6-8 hours prior to surgery.

Are the rules for Orthognatic Surgery different from tooth extractions or dental implant placement?

Yes, very different. Patients who are undergoing surgical procedures on only one jaw usually go home the same day. Patients who are having surgery on both jaws will generally stay overnight. Generally it is necessary to wire the jaws together after orthognatic surgery. In general, the jaws are immobilized securely with rubber bands for the first 1-2 weeks and then loosely for an additional 3-5 weeks. It is very important to discontinue any medication which are "blood thinners" or which may increase your tendency to bleed. Please stop taking the following medications at least 2 weeks before surgery. Gold Coast Family Dental will provide specific instructions prior to your surgery date.

Will antibiotics be prescribed prior to surgery?

We commonly use antibiotics to kill bacteria found in the mouth, which will also prevent infection after treatment, particularly with the placement of dental implants immediately after extracted teeth. The specific drug used depends on the medical profile and well being of the patient and the type of treatment.

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