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An Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon is commonly referred to as an oral surgeon. They are specialists in treating and diagnosing disorders, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

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For a consultation appointment, we ask that you bring your referral form from your dentist, any x-rays that they provided, your insurance cards and a full list of any medications you take or drug allergies that you may have.

You should drink lots of liquids for the first 2 to 3 days after surgery. Avoid diet pop and alcoholic beverages. Clear liquids are best for the first 1-12 hours after surgery, and then proceed with more solid foods as tolerated. You should avoid hard or crunchy foods. Avoid any foods which have seeds or hulls (popcorn, corn, sesame seed buns, granola, peanuts, etc.) or other non-digestible components for three months after surgery.

Ideas for foods to eat after wisdom teeth extraction:

  • Soups
  • Broths
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Noodles

According to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery(ABOMS), ''ABOMS Diplomates have demonstrated achievement in essential training and have experience and knowledge that has granted them Board certification. Each of our Diplomates have passed intensive application and examination processes granting them the title ABOMS Diplomate. Certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are expected to maintain current standards, through ongoing professional processes that keep the doctor committed to lifelong learning, remaining current in his/her knowledge and skills and practice in a safe and contemporary manner.''

Drs. Larry and Claire Towning are both board certified Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

A consultation is usually required prior to surgery.

The consultation appointment is necessary for the doctor to perform an examination and address certain questions such as:

  • Is there a need for surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia is indicated for surgery?
  • How much time will be required to perform the surgery?
  • Where will the surgery take place…office vs surgery center?
  • Are there any medical issues that may impact a surgical procedure?
  • Are there any medications (e.g. blood thinners) that may affect a surgical procedure?

If you are having local anesthesia (numbing), you do not need to fast. IF you are having I.V. sedation or general anesthesia, you cannot have anything to eat o drink 8 hours prior to the surgery appointment.