If you are a new patient, WELCOME! We look forward to meeting you. For your convenience, you can download our new patient forms, print them out and bring the completed forms to our office to expedite the paperwork at your first visit. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to download these forms.
New Patient Forms
If this is your first visit with us, it won’t take long to see that we do things a little differently. We get to know you on a personal level—not just your medical history, but also your past dental experiences, your reasons for coming to see us and your goals for your smile.
Anesthesia: The feeling of numbness will begin to wear off within 30 minutes to 4 hours. Until that time, avoid all hot foods or liquids and do not chew. This is to prevent accidentally burning or biting the lips, cheeks, inside of your mouth, or tongue until feeling has returned.
If you have any concerns about prolonged numbness, please call our office at: (603) 524-7455
Gauze Pack: Fold the gauze into a small pack and place over the extraction site. Maintain firm biting pressure on the gauze for 1 to 2 hours. Change the gauze pack every 15-30 minutes.
Bleeding: It is normal for the extraction site to bleed slightly or ooze blood for 12 to 24 hours following surgery.
Ice Pack: For the first 2-8 hours after surgery, ice packs should be applied to the outside of the face over the area of the extraction site. The ice pack should be held in place for 15 minutes or so, and then removed for 15 minutes. This will help reduce discomfort and swelling.
Medications: DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN PRODUCTS due to the possible increase in bleeding potential. If prescription medications were prescribed, follow label instructions carefully. For most extractions, a non-aspirin over-the-counter pain medication will provide appropriate pain relief. Do not take more than the manufacturer or doctor recommended dosage of any medication. If you experience any adverse side effects from a medication, please discontinue taking it and call our office.
FOR SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS OR ALLERGIC REACTIONS, SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY.
Diet: A liquid or soft diet should be adhered to for the first 12-24 hours. It is important to drink plenty of liquids for the first day or two following surgery. Avoid the use of a straw, as it may dislodge the blood clot that is forming in the extraction site.
Oral Hygiene: Clean the rest of your mouth as usual, however avoid bumping or brushing the extraction site. DO NOT RINSE OR SWISH YOUR MOUTH for the first 24 hours following surgery. DO NOT SMOKE for the first 24 hours following surgery.
Dry Socket. This is sometimes a problem after surgery. The symptoms associated with dry socket are constant moderate to severe pain, bad taste, putrid odor and poor clot formation at the surgical site.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.
Fever. Monitor your temperature for the first 24-48 hours. Any elevated temperature should be reported to our office.
Swelling. Some swelling during the first 24-48 hours can be expected.
There are a variety of problems that can arise after any surgical procedure. Some may require additional therapy or emergency medical attention. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.