The surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery in Solano County, CA, want you to have a successful recovery after having oral surgery. Even though most oral surgery procedures are outpatient procedures, following the instructions of your oral surgeon is very important for your recovery to be successful. In this blog you will learn of some things that you should do to help aid your recovery and some things that you shouldn’t do.
What To Do
- It’s important to listen and follow all the instructions that your oral surgeon gives to you. Your oral surgeon has many years experience and knows what is best for you to recover.
- Take some rest. This is especially important the first 24 hours after the surgery. If you would like to lie down then prop your head up with a pillow. This is going to stabilise blood flow and help to reduce the swelling in your mouth and face. It will also reduce any bleeding.
- Use an ice pack. Your surgeon will advise you on the frequency but usually they will tell you to put the ice pack 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.
- Follow the schedule of taking pain medication. You should do this even if you don’t feel pain. The schedule will help you from feeling pain. It’s much better to prevent pain than to stop it.
- When the bleeding stops you can start eating soft foods. For the first two days you should only consume soft foods or liquids. This may include soups, mashed potatoes or yogurts.
- Keep your mouth clean. The first 24 hours you will need to be very careful not to dislodge the blood clot that has formed in your mouth. This means that you should not rinse your mouth for a day or two. However after this time it is usually recommended to rinse about four times a day with warm salt water. It’s good to do this after you’ve eaten to remove any food particles from your mouth.
- Take care of your nutrition. Vitamin A and C are important for recovery. You could consider taking supplements to make sure that you’re getting enough.
What You Shouldn’t Do
- You shouldn’t do anything that you’re told not to do by your surgeon. Remember the surgeons have more experience.
- Don’t push yourself. Rest and recovery go hand in hand. Don’t do any strenuous physical exertion for at least the first few days after your surgery.
- Don’t take in hot foods or drink. While your mouth is numb it will be difficult to know just how hot your food is. You wouldn’t want to add to the pain in your mouth by burning your tongue or the roof of your mouth.
- Avoid eating foods that will aggravate the site of your oral surgery. Hard or crispy foods like carrots or popcorn can open up or scratch the healing area. You should be able to return to these foods after 6 to 8 weeks.
- Don’t brush or floss in the surgical area until the surgeon says it’s ok to. When you return to your normal cleaning routine do so with extra care.
- Smoking does not help the healing process. Avoid it for as long as you can or try and quit all together. You will experience less problems with your oral health. Make good use of any health agencies to try and quit.
- Alcohol can also delay your recovery, so avoid drinking it for at least 24 hours. It may also interfere with your pain medication so speak to your surgeon about when it’s ok to safely return to having a drink.