Oral Surgery

Any surgical procedures associated with the removal of teeth, soft tissues, placement of implants, and/or preparation of jaws for placement of dentures.

Oral Surgery

Dr. Schmalz has receive advanced training and has over 10 years of experience to treating a variety of conditions affecting the mouth. Common procedures include tooth extractions, jaw contouring to improving the fit of dentures, and implants.

We perform simple and complex surgeries and care to accident victims who need reconstructive dental surgery. We can also perform soft tissue biopsies, tumor removal, jaw realignment surgery, soft tissue repair, or positioning of implants.

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  • How long does oral surgery take?

    Most procedures will only take a few hours to complete. Depending on how extensive the procedure was and what type of anesthesia was used, you may need to stay a few more hours to recover. Even if your procedure only takes a few hours, you should plan on avoiding activity and resting for the rest of the day.

  • How long does it take to recover from oral surgery?

    Most patients take 1-2 weeks to fully heal from oral surgery. Additionally, patients should expect to rest for 2-3 days immediately following the surgery. Pain after the surgery can vary depending on what surgery you had done and how extensive it was. You will be prescribed medication to help with the pain management post-surgery.

  • What are tips to recover from an oral surgery?

    There are many things you can do to help speed up your recovery after oral surgery. See our list of tips to help ease your recovery:

    • Rest for at least 1 day
    • Follow post-surgery instructions
    • Apply ice to your jaw to help reduce swelling
    • Avoid disturbing the blood clot
    • Practice good oral hygiene to keep the surgery site clean
    • Do not smoke for at least 1 week following the procedure
  • What food should I eat after oral surgery?

    Following your procedure, we recommend that you eat cool, soft foods. Soft foods will be much easier to consume and are less likely to disturb any blood clots. We recommend foods such as:

    • Yogurt
    • Applesauce
    • Jell-O
    • Soups
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Rice
    • Oatmeal

    It is also important to stay hydrated following your procedure, so be sure to drink lots of water. However, do not drink with a straw as this can dislodge the blood clots. We also advise avoiding carbonation, alcohol, and other hot beverages for a week.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about oral surgery at Black Hills Dentures, Implants and Urgent Care, give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss further.

Black Hills Dentures, Implants and Urgent Care – Rapid City

719 Omaha St
Rapid City, SD 57701
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Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Phone

605-593-0999

Fax

605-593-0710

Email Address

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