Drs. Lieber and Stilley are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
We try to stay on schedule to minimize waiting at the time of your appointment. Referral of emergency patients can cause delays to the schedule, and your understanding and patience are very much appreciated.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- Your referral slip and x-rays from your referring dentist.
- A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can download your patient registration and medical history form at the top of this page.)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Please Note: All patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial joints or heart valves, a heart murmur requiring premedication, diabetes, or hypertension.)
If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
Post Operative Instructions
Remember you have just had an operation. Take ALL medications as prescribed. It is important to finish all antibiotics. Minimize physical activity for a few days.
- Place an ice pack on the outside of your face. Alternating with the ice pack on your face for 10 minutes, and off for 20 minutes.
- Restrict diet to soft and cold: Jell-O, ice cream, yogurt, tuna salad, egg salad. Select foods that are high in proteins and vitamins, as these will help the healing process.
For the next 48 hours, keep the surgical area as cold as possible.
A bandage may cover the surgical area. This paste-like covering will harden and will most likely stay in place until your next appointment (approximately 2 weeks). Pieces of this bandage may break off, but this is not a problem.
Pain: It is normal to have some discomfort. Start taking the pain medication as soon as possible. If you have been prescribed a narcotic, do not drive as this medication causes drowsiness.
Swelling: Swelling is to be expected. It is usually most pronounced on the second or third day. Keeping the surgical area cold for the first 48 hours helps to minimize the swelling. After the 48 hours warm, moist compresses can be applied to reduce any additional swelling. Bruising may also appear with the swelling and will disappear within 7-10 days.
Bleeding: It is not unusual to have some minor bleeding during the first 24 hours. If bleeding increases, apply firm pressure to the site with a moist gauze pad or tea bag for 20 minutes. Also, when lying down, keep your head elevated.
Brushing: You will be given specific instructions how to care for the surgical site. However, brush and floss the rest of your teeth normally.
Things to keep in mind: The affected teeth may appear to be loose until the area is fully healed. You may also notice some sensitivity to hot and cold, to tooth brushing, and to some foods. If sensitivity doesn’t decrease on it’s own, there are different things we can suggest that you try.
Soft Tissue Grafts
- Do not brush or floss the grafted area. You will be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep the area clean. Start using it the day after surgery. Rinse with it twice a day. The rinse can stain your teeth and tongue, but it can be easily removed with a dental cleaning.
- A thin fabric-like bandage may be placed on the graft site. The bandage will most likely dissolve on its own.
Bone Grafts and Implants
- Do not brush or floss the surgical area for the first 2 weeks after surgery. You will be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep the area clean. Start using it the day after surgery. Rinse with it twice a day. The rinse can stain your teeth and tongue, but it can be easily removed with a dental cleaning.