Concord Location: (978) 369-2525 | Lexington Location: (781) 861-8855

FAQs

Before Your Appointment

  • What should I bring to my appointment?

    If you are a new patient to our office we ask that if possible you download, print, fill out the registration forms and bring them with you to your appointment. We also ask that you bring both medical and dental insurance cards. Please make sure that any x-rays or notes from referring doctors are either brought with you or are forwarded prior to your appointment. If you are UNDER 18 we do require a parent or legal guardian be present for your appointment. In, addition please have a list of any medications you are currently taking.
  • Why do I need a consultation?

    For most procedures we do require patients to be seen for an initial consultation. During your consultation we will discuss your treatment plan as well as the various risks, complications and benefits of the recommended procedure. Your medical history will be reviewed and anesthesia options will be discussed. In addition, our front desk staff will be able to review insurance benefit information and answer any questions you may have. Please note that a consultation is required for all patients who wish to be asleep for their procedure.
  • I want to go to sleep for my procedure. What do I need to do in preparation?

    We do require our IV anesthesia patients to come fasting for at least 6 hours prior to your appointment from ALL foods and liquids INCLUDING water. Please come wearing a short sleeved tee shirt and have someone with you who can stay in our office during your procedure, take you home after and stay with you for the remainder of the day.
  • What insurance companies are you in network with?

    Dental Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental of MA, Delta Dental Premier, Delta Dental OPEN PLAN.
    Medical Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Medicare, Medex

Post-operative Questions

  • How do I handle bleeding after my surgery?

    Generally gauze is not needed for more than one hour after your procedure.  The gauze should be changed every 15 minutes or so during the first hour after your surgery.  A small amount of oozing is normal (red stained saliva)and may continue for 24-48 hours.
  • My surgery was earlier today and I am still having bleeding.

    As mentioned above you may have some oozing for the first 24-48 postoperatively.  If you have what appears to be excessive bleeding gently clean the area with gauze, place some new gauze directly over the area and bite down firmly for 30 minutes.  Direct pressure on the area of concern is the best way to stop bleeding.  In addition a slightly moistened teabag placed over the extraction site may help.  If the bleeding continues contact the office or the on call doctor.
  • My stitch came loose. What should I do?

    Most stitches placed in our office are dissolvable and these can be very unpredictable in the mouth.  It is possible that one may fall out the same day as the procedure another may take 7-10 days to fall out.  If the stitch becomes loose or falls out it is generally of no concern.
  • I am in pain. What should I do?

    Our first recommendation is to try over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve etc.  If these are not keeping you comfortable and a prescription has been given to you, you should have it filled and take it has directed.  Otherwise please contact the office.
  • What can I eat and drink after my surgery?

    You can eat whatever is comfortable for you. We do recommend keeping food away from the surgical site for at least the first few days. Patients generally find soft food more comfortable in the first few days. Pasta, soup, mashed potatoes, ice cream, yogurt etc. are all good options.
  • How long will it take for the extraction site to close?

    This varies from patient to patient. After the initial healing phase there can be evidence of an extraction site for several weeks.
  • What if food gets stuck in the extraction site?

    During the first week after your surgery, if food gets caught in the site please try to use the warm salt water rinses to remove it. Food caught in the surgical site will not cause infection. The site will heal even if there is food caught in it. Removing the food simply makes the area feel better, taste better etc.
  • How long will my procedure take?

    This varies depending on what you are having done. Generally a single extraction is about a 1/2 hour appointment. Wisdom teeth removal is between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Implants are about 1 hr. A consultation appointment is about a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.
  • What if I have nausea after IV sedation?

    The most common cause of postoperative nausea is pain medication. To avoid nausea please make sure to eat before taking any prescribed pain medication. If the nausea should persist please contact the office.
  • What if I have a problem after business hours?

    There is always a doctor on call for current patients having postoperative emergencies. Please call the office and and follow the directions on the message to reach a live operator. The operator will contact the on call doctor and you will receive a call back. Please note that messages left on voicemail are not checked until the following business day. If you have a billing, scheduling question or a question about a routine issue please leave a message on the voicemail and we will return your call on the next business day.
801 Main Street, Suite 4
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-2525
concord@concordlexington.com
35 Bedford Street, Suite 18B
Lexington , MA (978) 369-252502420
(781) 861-8855
lexington@concordlexington.com