10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Oral Surgery
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- How long will I be off work or school?
Everybody heals differently and handles stress to the body in a different way, but most people generally feel "under the weather" for a couple of days after surgery. Most people will seem as though nothing happened, though in rare cases some may feel "under the weather" for a week or longer.
- When can I play my wind instrument?
You can usually play your instrument after a few days but should wait 10-14 days before aggressive play.
- What types of insurance do we take?
We bill all insurance companies. We participate with Delta Premier. You should consult with your insurance company with specific questions prior to your consultation.
- What kinds of foods can I eat?
It's all about how you feel: you can eat whatever you're comfortable with, but you might want to start out with some softer foods.
- How much will it cost to get my teeth out?
These are some of the fees associated with getting a tooth extracted: A consultation, $165; a panoramic x-ray, $220; IV Sedation, $300 per 15 minute increments; and, there is a range on extractions, from $215-$750, based on your diagnosis. Implants are $1500. These fees and your insurance copay will be discussed in full at your consultation.
- What's involved in a consultation? Do I really need one?
A consultation is always done prior to surgery, and provides a non-threatening environment to discuss all your options and health status with the doctor. At your consultation you will be evaluated and diagnosed, fill out a full medical history and be able to discuss questions, risks, benefits, alternatives and financial matters. Without a full consultation and medical history analysis, it would be impossible to move forward. The consultation is done usually in advance to be able to confer with physicians and dentists if your care needs to be coordinated. At this time, arrangements can also be made for anesthesia and recovery.
- What are the payment options?
We accept personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Care Credit. You can apply at Care Credit for finance options in advance of your consultation.
- Will I be really swollen?
We don't anticipate anything more than moderate swelling, but it's important to follow post operative instructions, using ice to prevent swelling and heat to resolve swelling.
- When can I resume physical activity?
Typically you should reduce activity right after surgery for 10-14 days before aggressive competition follows.
- How long will it take to have my wisdom teeth removed?
At Dr. Bonine's office, the surgery usually takes minutes, but about an hour or so, including recovery, is planned.