Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 987-3132

Oral Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)?

An oral surgeon huntersville north carolina (OMS) is a specialist within the dental field who works with jaws, teeth, mouth and face. OMS treat a broad range of issues ranging from a simple tooth extraction to complicated reconstructive surgery. An OMS completes dental school, an approved internship and a residency training program.

  1. How long should I keep pressure on the gauze following surgery?

It is recommended to leave gauze on the surgery site for at least 30 minutes once you are home. Bite down on the area and apply a firm pressure. Be gentle when removing the gauze. If bright red blood appears in the surgery area after removal, use a clean piece of moistened gauze and repeat the process for another 30 minutes. Using water to remove the gauze can help if it is stuck.

  1. What should I do if I still notice blood on the gauze?

Be sure to stay calm and apply continuous, firm pressure for 30 minutes. Do not talk or spit during this time and try to rest. You can also try using a moist tea bag wrapped in gauze. Tea bags contain tannic acid which aids in the clotting process.

  1. What should I do if I feel nauseous?

Some prescribed pain medications can result in upset stomach. This is especially true if the medication is consumed on an empty stomach. Patients are encouraged to drink milk before to consuming the medication to help alleviate nausea.

  1. What can I do to relieve pain?

Begin taking the prescribed pain medication as soon as possible after surgery. Continue taking the prescribed medication as required on the schedule for the first one to two days. After this period, the medication can be taken on an as needed basis.

  1. How long will recovery take and when can I return to my regular routine?

Oral surgery can be significant. It’s important to allow your body the adequate time it needs in order to recover. Plan to rest for at least three to four days before returning to your normal activity. The healing process can vary significantly depending on the specific procedure. It is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations and allow your body sufficient time to heal. If guidelines are followed, it can help you avoid painful complications and expedite your recovery.

  1. Why are my lips and tongue numb?

It is common to experience numbness in the lip, tongue, gums and teeth following lower jaw surgery. This is commonly caused by irritation to the nerves. A majority of the time it resolves itself. Be sure to discuss any discomfort or numbness with your oral surgeon. 

  1. My sutures came out. What should I do?

It is common for surgeons to use resorbable sutures (stitches) in oral surgery. These sutures will dissolve on their own within two to three days. Unless there is discomfort or bleeding, it is perfectly normal for them to come out. Follow up with your oral surgeon if there is pain or bleeding.

  1. How long will there be holes in my jaw?

The holes or sockets will generally be closed within six weeks. It can take several months before the sockets fill in with bone. Be sure to use the provided syringe to clean the socket area.

  1. Does bad breath mean there is an infection?

Bad breath can be caused by food or dry mouth and does not mean there is an infection. Keep the surgery site clean and use a gentle oral rinse as needed.

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Patient Testimonial

"Words cannot express enough, how wonderful, caring and professional Dr. Haigney and his staff are! After being rushed to the Huntersville hospital with an orbital fracture, broken nose and other facial damage, Dr. Haigney rushed me into surgery (on his day off I must add) and corrected all my problems. I only wish all doctors cared as much about their patients and their recovery as Dr. Haigney and his staff did. Thank you so much for everything! Your attention and compassion has helped me make my recovery as comfortable as possible. 5 star service!"