What are your hours?
Dr. McCombs office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesdays we are available by phone only. We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
When do I stop eating if I am to be fasting for surgery?
You should stop eating and drinking (even water) six hours prior to your scheduled surgery appointment time. If you have medications that need to be taken, you may do so with small sips of water only.
What should I do the day after surgery?
The most important thing that you can do the day after surgery is rest! You shouldn’t make plans – regardless of how well you may feel. Stay off of your feet and catch up on sleep or TV time. You should also start brushing your teeth carefully as it is very important to keep your mouth clean following surgery. Warm salt water rinses 3-4 times a day are also recommended to help clean the surgical sites. As far as eating goes, you can eat what you are comfortable with (make sure you don’t eat anything that hurts, or anything that can wedge itself into the extractions sites like popcorn, chips, nuts or rice), although we do recommend sticking to soft foods such as ice cream, pudding, jello, apple sauce, cottage cheese, yoghurt, soup, pasta, mashed potatoes or eggs. You should make sure to take your medications that have been prescribed to aid in your healing as well. As always, please feel free to call our office should you have any questions.
Why do I need a panoramic x-ray for my wisdom teeth appointment?
Dr. McCombs will need to see a current panoramic x-ray during your wisdom teeth removal examination appointment. A panoramic x-ray is a large film that enables Dr. McCombs to see your entire jaw and all of your teeth. He needs to be able to see the entire root system of the teeth to be removed. There is the nerve in the lower jaw, which controls your lip, cheek and tongue and it is necessary for Dr. McCombs to know where those teeth are in conjunction with that nerve and also the sinus cavities which are involved when we remove the upper teeth.
Do you accept my insurance?
We accept all insurances. If in question you should contact your insurance company prior to your examination appointment.
I am very fearful. Is your staff going to make this easier for me?
We understand that oral surgery is not a pleasant experience and that a lot of people have dental related fears. We offer both general anesthesia and nitrous oxide to help make the procedure easier. We also take the time at your examination appointment to explain exactly what to expect during and after surgery to help alleviate your fears.
Do I need to have a referral to come to your office?
The referral for Dr. McCombs is basically like a prescription from the dentist, so therefore, all parties who are involved, including yourself, will know exactly what will take place on the day of your consultation and through the course of your surgery.
How much will surgery cost?
There are many different procedures that Dr. McCombs performs, including many types of extractions. When you come in for your examination appointment, Dr. McCombs will be able to determine exactly what it is that needs to be performed. At that point, we will be able to give you a quote along with an estimate of insurance coverage, if you have any.
Why do I need to have an exam?
We see you for an examination appointment so that we can discuss all the aspects of your surgery. We will be reviewing pre operative and post operative instructions and possible options for surgery. You can discuss any questions and / or concerns with Dr. McCombs at this time as well. It is also very important for us to review your medical history, current medical problems and any medications you are on so that we can safely perform surgery. At the conclusion of your examination visit, we will give you a quote of what procedures need to be done and an estimate of insurance coverage, if you have any. We will do our best to find a mutually agreeable date and time for your surgery as well.