Recovering from Oral Surgery
While the thought of a surgical procedure done on your mouth can be daunting, there are measures you can take to prepare yourself for your surgery. Your doctor and medical team will be looking out for you – from preparing for, to recovering from your oral surgery. However, after the doctor sends you home, it’s up to you to follow the post-operative instructions in order to prevent infection and keep pain at bay. We’ve put together the Do’s and Don’ts of post-op care to guide you through the recovery process for oral surgery.
Following your oral surgery…
Do take it easy, keeping your head propped up to reduce swelling and bleeding. Don’t overexert yourself or “push through the pain.” It’s necessary to take at least 2-3 days off from physical activity after an oral surgery, as increased blood flow throughout the body can slow down the healing process by preventing surgical wounds from forming clots, leading to a longer recovery time with a higher risk of infection. Even if you normally have an active lifestyle, resting and applying ice (repeating 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off) are necessary for a speedy, problem-free recovery.
Do eat soft food or follow a liquid diet for about 2-3 days following your surgery. Don’t to use straws for drinks and smoothies, as sucking can cause bleeding and delay the healing process. Stick to foods that are rich in Vitamins A & C like probiotic yogourt, creamy soups, and mashed sweet potatoes for easy-to-eat but nutritious and filling meals. Don’t drink liquids or foods that are hot, and don’t eat anything hard or crunchy; since the local anaesthesia takes time to wear off, it can inhibit the sensation of food burning your mouth or opening clots. Avoid biting on hard, crunchy foods in the affected areas for 6-8 weeks following your oral surgery.
Do take your prescribed antibiotics or painkillers as your surgeon advises to prevent infection, minimize swelling, and reduce pain during the vulnerable recovery period. If your surgeon prescribes antibiotics, it’s necessary to take them as directed. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke during your recovery for the risk of dissolving or dislodging the blood clots, as well as interacting with your prescribed medication. Inhaling sharply (as when smoking) may cause bleeding and delay the healing process; smoking itself may cause a painful infection called a dry socket.
Do keep your mouth clean – rinsing with warm salt water multiple times a day – especially after eating. Make sure to rinse gently enough so as not to upset the clots, but thoroughly enough to get rid of any bits of food around the surgical area. Don’t brush or floss the teeth around the surgical area until fully healed. Rinsing with chlorhexidine is recommended for cleansing and protected the wounds.
Do contact your oral surgeon immediately if you experience: pain that doesn’t respond to medication; continuous bleeding even when applying pressure; a fever for longer than the immediate 24 hours following the surgery; pus or infection; difficulty swallowing and/or breathing. Don’t ignore symptoms, especially if you experience more than one.
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