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What Happens After Oral Surgery?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Woman smiling while oral surgeon talksAfter oral surgery, our oral surgeons will take you to the recovery room, where they will monitor you closely. You will stay in the recovery room until you regain consciousness. The medical staff will carefully observe your vital signs during this time, ensuring they remain stable. They will also provide any necessary post-operative instructions to guide your recovery process.

Besides, our oral surgeon may prescribe pain medications to help you alleviate any discomfort or pain following the surgery. It is crucial to adhere to the prescribed dosage and follow the timing instructions provided by our surgeon. This ensures effective pain management and supports a smooth recovery process.

What To Expect At Home

After oral surgery, it is common to experience some swelling and bleeding. Our oral surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to control bleeding. This may involve gently biting down on gauze pads over the surgical area. Change the gauze pad as it becomes saturated with blood. If bleeding persists for 24 hours after the surgery, it is advisable to contact your dentist for further guidance. They will also advise you on managing swelling, such as intermittently applying ice packs to the affected area. These measures help minimize bleeding and reduce swelling during the initial stages of your recovery.

How to Take Care Of The Surgical Area

If you had a tooth extraction, you could start gently rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater multiple times a day after 24 hours. This saltwater rinse helps reduce swelling and provides pain relief. Maintaining oral hygiene is essential even after oral surgery. Continue to brush your teeth and tongue carefully, and floss as instructed by our dentist.

During recovery, consume soft foods like pudding, gelatin, or thin soups. As you heal, you can gradually reintroduce solid foods into your diet. Generally, you can resume eating solid foods after approximately one week.

If you have a tooth extraction, avoiding using a straw for the first few days is crucial. Sucking on a straw has the potential to dislodge the blood clot that forms at the surgical site, which can delay the healing process. It is crucial to protect the blood clot and promote proper healing by refraining from using a straw during this initial period.
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