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Financial Questions (2)
Yes, you can use your insurance with us if we are contracted with your insurance company. However, please check our financial information to see who we are contracted with. Our financial coordinators will be glad to assist you with any questions.
We will verify your insurance prior to surgery. Any patient responsibility will be due prior to surgery. We are happy to assist all our patients with their insurance plans.
General Questions (1)
Board Certification (also known as Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery) is the highest level of academic achievement. It is not a requirement to practice oral surgery, however, surgeons who are board certified have demonstrated their capabilities and desires to obtain this level of achievement. To become board certified, an applicant must have completed an approved internship and residency training program, applied to the board and been accepted (board eligible) and complete the exam. Certification is awarded after a rigorous set of exams including a written portion as well as an oral (verbal) portion are passed. Many hospitals are now requiring board certification to participate as a provider. Yes! Dr. Pritchard is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Post Operative Questions (3)
Not to worry! Call the office anytime night or weekends and our live answering service will take your call and forward on to the doctors to call you back.
For the first day after surgery, mostly soft cold foods and no carbonated drinks or hot food. The days following will be determined partly on the type of surgery you have had, but for the most part, soft foods of any temperature are fine.
Dry socket is when the blood clot in the socket is prematurely lost and can be a dull, ache in the lower jaw and possibly the ear that does not respond to pain medications. The symptoms are self limiting, however, if you feel that the medications do not help, then you need to come in to the office for us to place a medicated dressing in the socket. This should resolve symptoms in 20-30 minutes. There are some things that may help decrease dry socket occurrence. These include meticulous oral hygiene before and after surgery with oral salt water rinsing and general oral care. Smoking cessation prior to surgery and during the recovery phase (ideally for at least 1 week).