While some level of risk exists with any type of surgery, following specific guidelines after the procedure can help. Patients who do the right thing during the days after surgery makes a difference in a patient’s overall recovery. Consider these tips for a successful recovery after oral surgery at Capital Oral and Facial Surgery Center.
Bleeding and Tooth Extractions
Some bleeding is inevitable after a tooth extraction, which is why the dentist puts gauze in that area of the mouth. For the first hour, try to bite down on the gauze to reduce bleeding and change the dressing as necessary. If the bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, reach out to the dentist immediately to find out what to do next.
Face the Swelling
For up to ten days after oral surgery, the patient might experience some swelling and stiffness in the facial muscles. For the first hours after surgery, a cold pack can be placed on the exterior of the mouth to reduce swelling. If the swelling persists beyond ten days, contact the dentist.
Take Medication After Oral Surgery
Some patients will need to take antibiotics after oral surgery to reduce the risk of infection, and others might also get pain management medication. Always take medicines as instructed and find out if there are contraindications with OTC medications, other prescribed medications, and supplements. Take antibiotics until they are gone to avoid complications.
While vigorous spitting and rinsing should be avoided right after surgery, gentle brushing and flossing can be done within 24 hours after surgery. Saltwater rinsing helps keep the mouth clean after surgery. Avoid smoking tobacco for at least 24 hours after oral surgery.
One of the most important aspects of healing is getting enough rest. Patients should rest for two to three days after surgery and refrain from strenuous physical activity. Usually, normal activities can be resumed within 48 hours.
Oral surgery is often essential to maintain optimum oral health and hygiene. The right aftercare helps patients recover more quickly and be as comfortable as possible during the healing process. Most patients feel better within just a couple of days.