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Tips for a Smooth Oral Surgery Recovery

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Tips for a Smooth Oral Surgery Recovery

Are you prepared for oral surgery? Specialists called oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform various oral surgeries to treat advanced dental and facial disorders; these procedures include wisdom tooth extraction, gum surgery, bone grafting, and many others. If you’re scheduled for oral surgery, you’ll want to make sure that your recovery is smooth and free of complications. Here are a few great tips to keep in mind:

What you should do During Oral Surgery Recovery

  • Rest on the day of your surgery. To minimize the risk of excessive bleeding and swelling, keep your head propped up with pillows.
  • Apply ice packs on and off for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.
  • If your oral surgeon does not provide prescription pain medications, take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease your pain. However, make sure not to use products containing aspirin as these can increase bleeding. And remember to take your medications immediately after surgery to prevent pain before it occurs.
  • Eat soft foods for the first few days after your surgery. Examples include smoothies, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and pureed meats.
  • After the first 24 hours, begin rinsing your mouth gently with warm salt water. Do this four times per day and after eating. If you are given a prescription mouth rinse, use it as directed.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Foods rich in vitamins C and A boost your body’s natural healing process.
  • If your surgeon prescribes antibiotics, make sure to take the entire course. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better.
  • Obtain contact information for an affordable dentist who is available on weekends in case you need immediate advice or dental care.

What you should not do During Oral Surgery Recovery

  • Never consume hot foods or drinks while your mouth is numb.
  • Don’t smoke or use a straw; the sucking motions can dislodge blood clots that form as part of the healing process.
  • Avoid eating crunchy, hard foods like carrots and nuts. Do not chew ice.
  • Avoid brushing teeth near the incision site until you are instructed to do so.
  • Do not overexert yourself.
  • Don’t consume alcohol for at least 24 hours after surgery.

When it’s Time to Seek Emergency Dental Care

If you experience fever, excessive blood loss, intolerable pain, or severe swelling, see your oral surgeon immediately. If your surgeon is unreachable, contact an affordable dentist or an emergency dental care clinic for advice.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in New Baltimore, call Gentle Dental of New Baltimore today at (586) 933-5521 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in New Baltimore. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of New Baltimore, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of New Baltimore.

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