How to Take Care of Yourself After an Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can cover different kinds of procedures such as getting minor gum surgeries, having dental implants placed on your jawbone, and correcting a cleft lip or palate. Proper care needs to be done after an oral surgery to make sure that you do not get infections or complications in the future.

After Surgery

It is normal to feel some discomfort after undergoing oral surgery because the anesthesia will eventually lose its effect. You’ll feel some slight pain during the first 24 to 48 hours, so your Plano dentist may prescribe medicine to help you cope with the soreness and discomfort associated with oral surgery. It is important to let your dentist know about other medications or health supplements that you are taking and if you have other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Also, once you get the medication from your dentist, take the right dosage as instructed on the prescription.

Getting enough rest is also important while you are recovering from an oral surgery. It is better to restrict your movement and not engage in strenuous physical activities while you are still recuperating. Being up and about for long periods can cause more pain and discomfort.

Other things to keep in mind include:

Diet – stay away from hot food items and liquids. It’s better to eat soft foods. Remember to consult with your dentist regarding shifting back to your regular diet.

Oral Hygiene – Keeping your mouth clean is vital during your healing period. Your dentist may recommend using a medicated oral mouthwash or warm saltwater rinses. Remember to still brush regularly but this time with a lighter touch and more care around the operated area of your mouth.

If you continue to experience pain, swelling, and other discomforts, then go to your dentist for a checkup immediately.

Plano Smile Studio, headed by Dr. John M. Hucklebridge, D.D.S. F.A.G.D., can help you feel as comfortable as possible during oral surgery. It is a trusted dental clinic offering oral surgery and other preventive dentistry procedures. To know more about our services, please call 972-398-2550.