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Here you’ll find pre and post-op instructions to help you prepare and recover from surgery, advice on caring for your teeth and  answers for all your dental implant questions. If you have any concerns, make sure to give us a call.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Dental implant surgery is not painful. During the surgery, Dr. Corsello and his assistants will apply local anesthesia to the surgical area. In just a few minutes, the anesthesia will kick in, numbing the surgical area and preventing any pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. After the surgery is over, the anesthesia wears off quickly. During the surgery, you shouldn’t expect to feel any pain at all. Dr. Corsello will make sure the anesthesia has taken effect before beginning the surgery. 

The recovery time for this surgery is minimal, and the discomfort associated with your recovery is minor. These include pain at the implant site and minor swelling. You can expect any lingering discomfort or swelling to disappear within a few days of your surgery. To help the recovery process, the doctor may prescribe a painkiller, through most patients don’t require anything more than over-the-counter medicine in the aftermath of the surgery. Dr. Corsello and his team pride themselves on safe, effective surgical work that requires little in the way of recovery. 

In just a few short days, you can expect to be back to your best. The discomfort subsides quickly, though you should eat a softer diet in the days following the surgery. Once any noticeable swelling or discomfort has gone down, however, you can switch back to more solid foods. 

Who can install implants?

Not every dentist or oral surgeon is qualified to install dental implants. Dental implant surgery is a complicated surgery, involving a preliminary bone grafting operation to ensure your jaw is healthy enough to receive the implants. When it comes to restoring missing dentition, you don’t want to trust just any doctor with your implant surgery.

Count on Dr. Corsello, a highly trained and skilled practitioner of implant medicine. Dr. Corsello has over 25 years of experience in the field of dental implants. He even pioneered his own brand of dental implants, the revolutionary Snap Tite model, which boasts an easy “snap-in, snap-out” mechanism far more convenient than traditional implants.If you’ve decided to invest in dental implants, you want to make sure you’re getting the best.

Dr. Corsello can handle every step of your dental implant surgery. He is qualified for all bone degenerative treatments that prepare your jaw for implants, including bone grafting, ridge augmentation and sinus lift. Once your mouth is healthy enough for implants, the procedure will be scheduled. After the procedure, some minor crown work may be required to align your bite and make sure your implants look and function just like real teeth.

Northland Dental Medicine uses the most advanced dental technology in the treatment of their patients. When you visit Northland Dental Medicine for your implant surgery, you’re assured of a safe, effective procedure and a speedy recovery. Trust your implant surgery to a practice that’s committed to offering their patients the best service.

What are the advantages of implants?

For those looking to replace missing dentition, implants represent the most natural and effective solution. In fact, most people can’t tell the difference between an implant and a real tooth. That’s because implants look, feel and function just as your natural teeth do. Where other tooth replacement options can lead to jaw degeneration and pain that will inhibit your quality of life, dental implants let you eat, drink, speak and smile without worry.

Dental implants prevent many of the problems that can arise from dentures. Even though modern day dentures look almost as good as real teeth, they certainly don’t feel that way in your mouth. That’s because your mouth is constantly changing, and a pair of dentures doesn’t offer the type of fit and comfort to accommodate that reality. For those with dentures, living with teeth that slip around when you talk or eat can become a source of exasperation and embarrassment. Because you must remove them from your mouth to clean them, dentures are designed to offer a less effective fit. But implants are taken care of just like real teeth: you brush them, you floss them, and you rinse out. In fact, they’re so lifelike you might forget you have implants in after a few weeks with your new smile.

Caring for your dental implants is easy. You simply clean them as you would normal teeth. Here’s a little benefit most people don’t know about implants: you can’t get cavities. With that in mind, it’s still important to revisit your hygienist every six months to a year as you normally would to receive professional cleaning.

Dental implants don’t only function just like natural teeth, they last for decades too. Most patients begin experiencing problems with bridges and dentures in only a few years. But the durability and comfort of dental implants represent a permanent solution for any missing dentition. If properly placed and cared for, you can expect your dental implants to last for over 25 years.

In short, dental implants are the most durable and successful solution for replacing missing teeth. At Northland Dental Medicine, you’re sure to receive the highest quality service in implant dentistry.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most effective solution for those with missing teeth. Essentially, the implant is a prosthetic tooth, attached to the jaw using a screw or abutment. Prior to your implant surgery, you will undergo a procedure to insert the fixture that will accommodate your implant. From there, the implant simply locks into place in the spot of the missing dentition. Made using the latest in dental technology, implants look and function just like real tooth. They are study, reliable dentition, known for comfort and longevity. You won’t experience the typical complaints associated with dentures: loud, noisy clicking, your teeth sliding in your mouth, and occasional difficulty speaking or eating. In fact, you won’t notice any side effects at all after surgery. A dental implant works like a real tooth, looks like a real tooth, and is cared for just like a real tooth.

Dental implant surgery is a three step process. First, as mentioned above, an abutment or screw is placed into your jaw, in the space between two teeth. This allows the implant to fit perfectly in your mouth. After you have recovered from this initial procedure, and your jaw has generated the bone necessary to support an implant, you’re ready for the main act. Implant surgery itself is incredibly simple, requiring only local anesthesia and lasting less than an hour. Dental implants are designed to be simple. For example, Northland Dental Medicine’s Dr. Corsello pioneered Snap-Tite implants, a proprietary implant that locks into place using a simple mechanism. After your implant is installed, you are ready to enjoy a full, healthy smile. Recovery time is brief, and no medication is required in the aftermath. If your implant needs a few finishing touches, the doctor may bring you back in for a little crown work, but many times this step is entirely avoided.

The best part about dental implants? They’re built to last. Because of their construction, dental implants can last up to 25 years if cared for properly. That’s far longer than bridges or other missing dentition solutions.

Dental implants are the most effective and reliable form of replacement dentition available. Northland Dental Medicine has provided many patients with smiles they truly love, so call today if you have any questions.

Oral Cancer

Knowing the Signs

Northland Dental Medicine is one of the leading facilities for oral surgery in Pittsburgh. As such, it is a mission of the team to help eradicate oral cancer – diseases affecting the mouth, lips, and throat – by informing their clients about prevention and early detection of this disease.

Across the globe, over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year. Within the United States alone, someone dies every hour of every day from this disease, which, if diagnosed and treated in its early stages, is highly curable. So what are the risk factors, and what can you do to prevent contracting oral cancer? Unsurprisingly, the oral surgery team will tell you tobacco use is the number one risk factor for oral cancer. Studies have linked tobacco use, whether previous or current, to at least 75% of those afflicted. Furthermore, tobacco users who also are heavy users of alcohol have a 15% greater risk of contracting oral cancer. Further risk factors include age and extensive exposure to radiation and/or sunlight. Abstaining from tobacco use and drinking alcohol only in moderation are two of the steps you can take towards prevention. Avoid prolonged sun exposure if you can, and always use sunscreen. Lips are often overlooked when it comes to sun exposure, so search for lip balms with SPF. Lastly, one of the most important steps you can take in preventing oral cancer is to visit your dentist every 6 months. Lots of people dread the dentist, but during these check-ups, your dentist is also screening you for signs of oral cancer, a 90 second visual scan that could just save your life!

Diagnoses and Treatments

What signs and symptoms in the exam could point to oral cancer? Unfortunately, the earliest stages of oral cancer can go unnoticed. Oral cancer oftentimes presents itself as what first appears to be an ordinary ulcer, cold sore, or a mere discoloration of tissue. That is why regular dental check-ups are so vital to prevention and detection – your dentist is trained to determine if a lesion looks or feels cancerous. If you have any long-lasting lesions (typically those lasting more than two weeks), it is essential to schedule a dental appointment immediately.

If any cancerous signs are detected, your dentist may remove the lesion, but will more likely send you to a specialist. There, they will remove and biopsy any abnormalities – all of which is painless. A combination of oral surgery and radiation would be a likely course of treatment for more advanced stages of cancer, but if detected early enough, surgery alone may be enough on its own.

Bad Breath

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath has any number of causes. Poor hygiene habits often contribute to bad breath. Irregular brushing and flossing lead to build up of the bacteria that causes halitosis. If an inconstant dental hygiene routine is the source of your bad breath, a more stringent schedule may help. Over the counter solutions, such as mouthwash, help rinse the mouth of bacteria and keep your breath fresh. If this is the case, Northland Dental will gladly recommend the best products and brands to treat chronic bad breath. From toothpastes and toothbrushes to mouthwash, brands of floss and other accessories, our team of dentists and hygienists can help you find exactly what you need.

Options for Treatment

If your bad breath is not traced to hygiene habits but another dental cause, we recommend you come in for a visit. Often, halitosis is caused by gum disease, and the buildup of plaque along your teeth can become a breeding ground for bacteria. It is these bacteria that are responsible for bad breath. To treat these more serious forms of halitosis, a visit to your dentist is required. Call today to schedule an appointment with Northland Dental. A routine checkup will polish your teeth and remove plaque, thus eliminating the areas where bacteria tend to gather. Dr. Corsello and his team of hygienists and assistants are highly skilled and knowledgeable and will help diagnose the source of your problem and recommend effective treatments.

  • Bad breath can be caused by poor dental hygiene or gum disease
  • Our team can recommend the best home dental products to treat your halitosis
  • A quick cleaning at our office will remove the plaque and detritus from bacteria friendly crevices in your mouth
  • You don’t have to live with bad breath-call us today!

Bad breath isn’t only a health concern. Like cosmetic dental concerns, bad breath can make you self conscious and compromise your quality of life. If the thought of smiling, or even opening your mouth is a source of stress, it’s time to call Pittsburgh’s most trusted local dentist.

Veneers For A Perfect Smile

The Many Benefits of a Veneer

A dental veneer serves two purposes: to improve the appearance of a tooth and protect the tooth from damage or exposure. Originally designed for only short wear, modern veneers can last anywhere from ten years to over thirty. Usually applied to conceal chips, fractures and discolorations within a tooth or group of teeth, the veneer is a tool oft-used in cosmetic dentistry. At Northland Dental, we excel in the instant placement and maintenance of veneers. Dr. Corsello has years of experience, and is highly trained. Trust this local Pittsburgh dentist to remake your smile.

Choosing The Best Veneer For You

Traditionally made of porcelain, or a ceramic laboratory fabricated material, the newest innovation is microfilled, nanocomposite which is bonded, or placed directly over the tooth, improving both the appearance of the tooth and its functionality. Bonded nanofillers are the reason our composite veneers retain their brilliant polish. Other less affordable, porcelain remedies have been replaced with instant Microfill composite technology which boasts greater stain resistance than other composites, and realistically imitate the light reflecting properties of real teeth. And by protecting the tooth, the Microfilled veneer limits further damage, while an enamel-colored translucent finish provides a natural appearance that will be invisible to the naked eye. And once the veneer is bonded, there is no need to worry about the fixture separating. These veneers are designed to complement the function of real teeth, behaving as your natural dentition should.

  • Microfilled, Nanocomposite veneers are designed to imitate natural function of teeth
  • May be repaired, reshaped, lightened or enhanced instantly, unlike expensive lab options.
  • Effectively limits damage and protects cracked, chipped or discolored teeth
  • Affordable, comfortable procedure will quickly transform you your smile
  • Available for both individual teeth and sets

At Northland Dental, we offer affordable veneer procedures for all interested parties. Whether you’re looking for a veneer for one tooth, or a more complete set, we can accommodate your situation. Dr. Corsello will survey your mouth, examining individual teeth to recommend the best course of action for the health of your smile. After the doctor makes his recommendation, we will confer with you to decide what steps you’d like to take to transform your smile. The veneer procedure is simple, requiring only one visit which is typically completed within an hour or two.

Hereditary Cavities

How to Avoid Hereditary Cavities

The health of your teeth is determined by three primary factors: personal dental hygiene habits, regularly scheduled checkups with a professional, and genetic information. Though the health of your teeth is ultimately in your own hands, genetics do play a certain role in your susceptibility to cavities and tooth decay. With that in mind, it’s important to be aware of these hereditary factors. If you know you may be susceptible to cavities and decay, based on family history, it is important to account for these factors.

Personal hygiene is of the utmost important when avoiding cavities. Regular brushing, twice a day for two minutes, and flossing are important in killing the bad bacteria and removing the plaque and tartar that can build up between teeth and lead to decay and deterioration. But there are other ways you can affect your dental hygiene for the better. Avoiding soda and candy, or other foods high in high fructose sugars, can act as a preventative measure against decay and deterioration. Coffee, tea and other bitter drinks can stain your teeth, and with sugar often represent just as much of a risk as soda. By appropriating your diet properly, or enjoying these items in moderation, you can lessen your risk of cavities and decay.

  • Develop a regular dental hygiene routine to avoid hereditary cavities
  • Limit your intake of sweets and soda to prevent decay
  • Though the likelihood of cavities is genetically linked, with proper care you can avoid fillings and crowns

Develop Your Own Home Hygiene Routine

Although we are experts in the restoration of damaged teeth at Northland Dental, we’d prefer to equip you with the tools and knowledge necessary to avoid them in the first place. Dr. Corsello and his team of hygienists and assistants are highly knowledgeable, and can recommend the best brands of dental hygiene care, from brushes to toothpaste to floss and mouthwash, that will serve to keep your teeth happy and healthy. Even if your family history suggests you have an increased likelihood to develop cavities, this doesn’t mean you can’t take steps yourself to avoid the possibility. Through the combination of a well observed dental hygiene routine, and a sensible diet, you can take care of your teeth on your own and avoid this issue. If you want to learn how best to equip yourself, or believe you may have a cavity, call Northland Dental today.

Regular Checkups

The Importance of Regular Checkups

We take pride in treating our patients with the most advanced dental technology. Our doctor, Dr. Corsello, is adept at advanced dental and surgical procedures, and can be relied on to help diagnose and treat you with the best in dental medicine. But regular checkups serve as a preventative measure, and help keep your mouth happy and healthy. Neglecting regular checkups can lead to complications that are easily preventable. We recommend an appointment for regular cleaning every six months. At Northland Dental, we employ skilled and considerate hygienists and value both the quality of our service and your comfort.

  • Maintain the health and cleanliness of your teeth
  • Affordable appointments and flexible scheduling
  • Range of modern amenities and creature comforts for all patients
  • Avoid costly or expensive treatments down the line
  • Undergo a comprehensive Oral, head & neck exam and oral cancer screen

Making an appointment with a dentist every six months can seem like a hassle. Everyone’s aware of the typical dentist’s office: cold and clinical, with maybe an outdated magazine to entertain you and a stiff backed chair. At Northland Dental, we boast a suite of modern amenities, including heated chairs with lumbar support, hot tea and coffee, and a selection of Blu Ray videos. Whether you’re here for a regular checkup or scheduled treatment, we aim to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Your Comfort is Our Priority

A standard checkup & cleaning only takes approximately thirty relaxing minutes. Our hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, removing plaque and calculus that is impossible to remove during your home hygiene routine, and conduct a brief imaging scan. Once the hygienist has finished, Dr. Corsello will see you, inspect your teeth first hand and analyze the scans. Ultimately, the decision to schedule regular appointments with Northland Dental can save you thousands down the road in expensive procedures for dental issues left untreated. Not only that, regular checkups keep their teeth looking their best, boost your confidence, and improve your quality of life.

Periodontal Root Planing

Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. The procedure cleans between your gums and teeth down to the roots, sometimes necessitating the use of local anesthesia. After periodontal root planing, the oral surgeons at Northland Dental Medicine recommend taking the following steps.

After the scaling or root planing, it is highly recommended that patients rinse their mouths 2 to 3 times a day with warm salt water. The ideal saltwater solution is one teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water. At home rinsing treatments should begin immediately, though you should take caution and treat the affected areas gently. Swelling and discomfort of the gums in the treated area is typical, as is sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Take Advil or Tylenol for any pain you may experience, and avoid foods that are extreme in temperature for a while. Some swelling or stiffness may also occur along the jawline. If swelling occurs, apply ice to the area for 20 to 30 minute intervals. If stiffness occurs, oral surgeons recommend using a hot compress instead. If your pain persists or is severe in nature, contact the office immediately.

Because of the extreme tenderness that tends to accompany root planing and scaling, it is best to abstain from eating foods that are hard, chewy, or sharp for 48 to 72 hours following the operation. This will allow proper healing and reduce the risk for irritation and discomfort. Oral surgeons also recommend that if you are a smoker, you quit for a period of at least 48 to 72 hours following the procedure, though quitting altogether will of course expedite full recovery and minimize your chances of any recurrence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Northland Dental Medicine and discuss your condition with an oral surgeon.

Multiple Tooth Removal

Extracting one tooth or two teeth is a fairly basic procedure, but extracting multiple teeth is a much more arduous task – one the surgical team at Northland Dental Medicine is more than equipped to handle. When multiple teeth are being removed, the jawbone needs to be shaped and trimmed in order to prepare for dentures or a dental implant; this process is called alveoloplasty. Alveoloplasty causes a number of symptoms and side effects that are explored below.

Within two days of the procedure, patients will typically experience the maximum swelling both inside the mouth and around the eyes, as well. Some discoloration around the eyes may also occur, but can usually be alleviated by applying a warm compress to the area.

Problems with tenderness of the mouth are also commonly reported. The muscles near the area where the teeth were extracted can become sore and enflamed after surgery, resulting in a sore throat. This is typical, as is dryness and cracking near the corners of your mouth from being stretched open during surgery. Aside from these differences, much of the same symptoms of single tooth removal are experienced when dealing with multiple extractions. Please reference the After Tooth Removal subheading under the tab for a list of these symptoms and side effects.

In most cases, your oral surgeon will ask you to schedule a follow up appointment within 48 hours of the surgery to discuss any post-operative symptoms you are experiencing. However, if you feel your symptoms are atypical and/or extreme, you are always encouraged to call the office and discuss any difficulties you may be having. Trust your instincts – you know your own body better than anyone.

Single Tooth Removal

Tooth extraction is a typical procedure for the surgical experts at Northland Dental Medicine. Listed below are some symptoms and general post-operative instructions that all patients having undergone tooth removal should follow.

Within the first 24 hours following your tooth extraction, minor bleeding is perfectly normal. If slightly heavier bleeding occurs, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place a piece of surgical gauze over the extraction site
  2. Bite down firmly on the gauze for at least 30 minutes to generate a clot. Do NOT chew on the gauze.

If these steps do not alleviate the bleeding, or if the bleeding stems beyond what you feel is normal, call the office immediately and speak with one of the oral surgery experts.

Swelling and coinciding discomfort are other typical side effects of tooth removal. If you experience swelling, you can place ice on the affected area for 20 to 30 minute intervals. This should alleviate the problem. Do not ice the area after the first 36 hours following the operation. Over the counter medicines, such as Tylenol and Advil are recommended by oral surgeons for temporary pain relief, but if the pain persists or is severe in nature, please contact the office.

After surgery, your diet should consist mainly of liquids and very soft solids for the first 24 to 48 hours. Avoid sucking on the surgical site or drinking through a straw for this time period, as well. As you heal and the area begins to feel less tender, you may resume your typical diet. However, patients should be cautious when chewing hard or sharp foods near the surgical site, as they can cause discomfort and irritation. Most of your typical oral hygiene routine can be resumed immediately after surgery. Patients may brush their teeth and tongue following the surgery, but the oral surgeons at Northland Dental Medicine recommend taking caution near the surgical site and also discourage rinsing for the first day after surgery. After a day has passed, you may gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

Root Canal Therapy

Northland Dental Medicine performs numerous oral surgeries, including root canal therapy. Patients who undergo root canal therapy should follow the subsequent post-operative instructions.

It is recommended that you refrain from eating for at least 2 hours and/or until the anesthesia from the procedure has worn off. Allowing this time to pass will prevent possible injury to the soft tissue of your mouth and also supply adequate time for the temporary restorative material used during the surgery to solidify. When you do resume eating, you will most likely feel a great deal of tenderness as well as pressure when you bite down. For that reason, oral surgeons recommend avoiding hard, sharp, and chewy foods. It is also advised that you do not eat on whichever side of your mouth underwent root canal therapy for at least 24 hours. Most soreness should subside within a week of the procedure. If pain persists longer, you may want to call the office.

Be sure to take any and all medication prescribed by your oral surgeon following your operation, as this will eliminate any lingering infection within the tooth.

While you will most likely recover without difficulty, there are a few potentially dangerous post-operative symptoms of which patients should be made aware. First, your teeth and gums should be healing and gradually becoming less and less tender. Increases in tenderness and/or swelling around the site of therapy are abnormal and can be indicative of infection or other post-surgical complications. Secondly, be aware of any reactions you may be having to the prescribed medication, as these can become extremely dangerous if unnoticed and untreated. Lastly, loss of the temporary filling material or a fracture in the tooth requires immediate attention from your oral surgeon. If you experience any of these symptoms, or have concerns about any other post-operative symptoms or reactions you may be experiencing, please contact Northland Dental Medicine straightaway.

Crowns and Bridges

At Northland Dental Medicine, the oral surgery team offers two types of crowns and bridges – temporary and permanent. After receiving either option, it is best to refrain from eating for at least 2 hours and/or until the anesthesia from your procedure wears off so as to prevent injury to any soft oral tissue. Increased oral sensitivity is another side effect of both procedures. Try to avoid extremes, such as very hot or very cold drinks, as your mouth adjusts and heals. It is completely normal for patients to experience minor discomfort in the gums surrounding the tooth that was affected as the anesthesia wears off. The oral surgery team at Northland Dental Medicine recommends simply taking Advil or Tylenol is any discomfort of the gums persists.

If you have received a temporary restoration, it is imperative that you take precautions when cleaning around it. Do not floss around the temporary as it is extremely easy to remove the restoration this way, but the oral surgery team will insist you resume your normal oral hygiene routine to all other areas of the mouth. You will of course want to brush the area of your temporary restoration, but do so gently, and try not to chew any hard foods on the area. If your restoration would become loose or altogether removed at any time, please call your oral surgeon so that it may be reapplied immediately.

Receiving a permanent crown or bridge comes with its own set of post-operative instructions. After the final restoration is in place, your mouth will need time to accommodate the new addition. It is completely normal for your bite to feel different during this period. However, if any oral discomfort or sense of foreignness persists for more than a few days, please call the office and discuss your symptoms with an oral surgeon, as you may need a small adjustment. Please resume your normal oral hygiene routine immediately, including both brushing and flossing. Consistent care at home will increase the durability and lifespan of your crown or bridge.

Impacted Tooth

Impacted tooth removal is yet another surgery offered by the oral surgeons of Northland Dental Medicine. When a tooth is impacted, there is not adequate space to accommodate that tooth in the patient’s dental arch and growth becomes problematic and/or impossible. While this typically happens to wisdom teeth, it can really happen to any tooth along the dental arch.

Swelling and mild discomfort is, of course, normal. Cold compresses applied in twenty-minute intervals will help to alleviate these symptoms, and your oral surgeon will also prescribe pain medication to make the discomfort more bearable. Patients are also urged to protect the extraction site, being careful not to dislodge clots and sutures. Refrain from using straws and modify your diet for a few days to allow for proper healing.

Because much of the post-operative information for impacted tooth removal is the same as that for wisdom tooth removal, feel free to cross-reference with that post-surgical page.

Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery is not painful. During the surgery, Dr. Corsello and his assistants will apply local anesthesia to the surgical area. In just a few minutes, the anesthesia will kick in, numbing the surgical area and preventing any pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. After the surgery is over, the anesthesia wears off quickly. During the surgery, you shouldn’t expect to feel any pain at all. Dr. Corsello will make sure the anesthesia has taken effect before beginning the surgery.

The recovery time for this surgery is minimal, and the discomfort associated with your recovery is minor. These include pain at the implant site and minor swelling. You can expect any lingering discomfort or swelling to disappear within a few days of your surgery. To help the recovery process, the doctor may prescribe a painkiller, through most patients don’t require anything more than over-the-counter medicine in the aftermath of the surgery. Dr. Corsello and his team pride themselves on safe, effective surgical work that requires little in the way of recovery.

In just a few short days, you can expect to be back to your best. The discomfort subsides quickly, though you should eat a softer diet in the days following the surgery. Once any noticeable swelling or discomfort has gone down, however, you can switch back to more solid foods.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common procedures practiced by the oral surgery team at Northland Dental Medicine. It is a relatively routine procedure that requires a bit of post-operative care to reduce the chance for infection and minimize the risk of any complications. Immediately following the surgery, gauze will be placed over the extractions sites in order to help absorb some of the blood (yes, there will be bleeding – this is perfectly normal) and to help establish a clot. The gauze should be left in place for at least 45 minutes after the procedure and then discarded. In order to protect the blood clot that has formed and reduce the risk of continued bleeding, oral surgeons recommend that patients refrain from drinking through a straw. Rinsing your mouth also poses a threat of dislodging the clot, so this too should be avoided.

The day of your surgery, you should keep any post-operative activity to a minimum. Use this time to relax and recuperate, as you will likely remain slightly disoriented from the anesthesia used during the surgery and possibly from the pain medication prescribed by the oral surgeon, as well. Follow any instructions on your medication bottles as this will help reduced any discomfort you may be experiencing after the procedure and as the local anesthesia wears off. Any disorientation should desist in a short period of time, allowing you to resume most of your regular activities within a day. It is recommended that you continue to abstain from using a straw so as not to damage your stitches. Steer clear of foods that can get lodged in your extraction sites. Pudding, Jell-O, and ice cream are patient favorites that all feel cool and calming on your mouth.

And while most people fear the dreaded “chipmunk cheeks” associated with wisdom teeth removal, the patients of the Northland Dental Medicine oral surgery team rarely report experiencing this side effect!


Prior to undergoing anesthesia for your oral surgery, there are a few measures that must be taken. First, patients should not consume food or beverage for a minimum of 8 hours preceding any procedure. Under some special circumstances, your oral surgeon may give you permission to drink clear liquids up to a few hours before your anesthesia is administered, but as a general rule, it is best to abstain. When under the influence of anesthesia, your body’s typical reflexes are suspended. Ordinarily these reflexes would prevent the aspiration (or inhalation) of any food or liquid when it is swallowed or regurgitated. However, once anesthesia is administered, these reflexes desist, and not following this simple instruction could pose imminent danger.

Similarly, oral surgeons insist that patients must also refrain from smoking for a minimum of 12 hours before surgery. In fact, most health care providers will tell you the sooner you can quit before surgery, the better, some advising a whole week of smoke-free life prior to surgery. Quitting and remaining smoke-free is the optimal goal, as tobacco use can inhibit recovery and cause unnecessary complications both during and after surgery, such as pneumonia and heart problems. Oral surgery may provide you with that push you’ve needed to quit smoking and start living a tobacco-free life.

If you take any regular medications, discuss those with your oral surgeon prior to the procedure in order to ensure they are approved and will not cause any reactions or complications. Prepare simply the day of your surgery. There is no need to impress anyone by wearing your finest! Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures.Lastly, be sure you have an escort to drive you safely home after surgery, as the effects of anesthesia impair cognitive function and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

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Amazing job with quite a difficult task - a dental implant on the most fragile spot... performed to absolute Perfection - All in One Day surgery... It was followed by very professional, high-tech equipped treatments by the most knowledgeable and friendly office staff after the surgery. Thank you So Much, Dr. Corsello and the Team! Lana K.

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4725 McKnight Rd
Ste 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Open Today 8:00am - 7:00pm

All Hours Directions (412) 367-7400