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There are several different types of oral surgery offered at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates’s clinic. This includes wisdom tooth extraction, dental extractions to prepare for dentures, dental implant restoration, and alterations to soft oral tissues.

After the oral surgery, Dr. Will Allen and his associates will provide you with any specific aftercare instructions. This might also include a prescription for anti-inflammatory, pain management medications. If the oral surgery involved removing infected tissues, he might also include a prescription for antibiotics.

It’s also important to understand that certain lifestyle choices and habits might need to be altered during the recovery process. This includes ceasing tobacco use and abstaining from vaping.

The heat, tar, and other chemicals that are introduced into your mouth can cause significant irritation to the healing tissues. This can increase recovery time and potentially lead to an infection.

It’s also worth noting that the suction from smoking and vaping can traumatize an incision site, or pull a blood clot loose.

Your primary care physician can help you understand your cessation options and select the program that’s best for you. Ideally, it would help to choose a cessation program that doesn’t include lozenges or nicotine gum. They can also irritate the healing tissues.

If you recently had an oral surgery performed at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates’s clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, and you have an aftercare question, you can always call 502-587-7874 to speak to Dr. Will Allen or one of his associates.