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Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Fiber What? Everything You Need To Know About Your Fiberotomy

Recently, you received an orthodontic treatment to have one or more of your teeth moved. During one of your routine checkups after the orthodontic treatment, your dentist might tell you that you need a surgical procedure called a fiberotomy done as well. Naturally, you may feel dazed and confused. You need a fiber what?

Fiberotomy: What Is It?

Every tooth in your mouth is connected to your jaw with thousands of small ligaments. These microscopic ligaments are what holds your teeth to your jaw bone. During your orthodontic treatment, these ligaments are stretched like rubber bands. Once you have your braces removed, it is normal for the ligaments to retract and pull your tooth back towards its original spot.

"Otomy" is a Greek suffix that means to separate or detach. With this information in mind, you can assume fiberotomy means to detach some of the ligaments connecting your gums to your teeth. Detaching and replacing some of these ligaments prevents them from being able to pull your tooth back to its original position.

What to Expect After the Surgery

It is a very bad idea to eat anything until the effects of the anesthesia have had time to wear off. Eating while you cannot feel your face makes it easy for you to bite your cheek, lips, or tongue hard enough to do damage. After the surgery, it is normal for you to feel pain and discomfort. Your dentist will give advice regarding how to take pain killers for the discomfort.


It is also not unusual for the operated area to experience a little swelling. Your lips may chap and your face may become bruised. An ice pack or anything out of your freezer wrapped in a soft cloth will help with the swelling and discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity

It is normal for you to experience tooth sensitivity after your fiberotomy. You may find it impossible to eat cold foods because of the sensitivity. Fortunately, it will wear off a few weeks after the surgery. If the sensitivity is unbearable, talk to your dentist about medication to help relieve it.


You may experience mild bleeding for a day or two after the surgery. You should avoid rinsing your mouth or eating hot food as they will both make the bleeding last longer. If you experience heavy bleeding or the bleeding lasts for more than two or three days, contact a dentist, like those at Arapahoe Orthodontics P.C.

The best thing you can do after a fiberotomy is to relax and let the healing process take its course. Do not hesitate to call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns after the procedure.