So you’re going in for oral surgery. Naturally, you will have questions about what to expect in the days and weeks following your surgery. There will be a plethora of information on the internet with tons of suggestions. This article summarizes a few tips that will prove to be especially helpful in the days and weeks following your surgery. You can also ask your oral and maxillofacial surgeon for their specific recommendations.
Importance of getting adequate rest
It’s natural to feel drowsy immediately following your oral surgery. This results from the sedation used for oral surgery and will usually subside within a few hours. Therefore, it is also important that a friend or family member is available to take you home following your surgery. After you go home, it is important to rest, rest, rest! Adequate rest is essential in order for your body to heal and repair itself. Some people rush to return to work or school. In fact, taking this course of action could make your recovery even longer. So take it easy.
Tips for managing your pain
An obvious concern for people following surgery is how to manage their pain. Due to the invasive nature of surgical interventions, some degree of pain is unavoidable. However, there are many ways to help mitigate some of the pain. First and foremost, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will give you a short course of prescription pain medication that will manage the pain in the initial days following surgery.
Tips for keeping your mouth clean
It’s important to maintain the cleanliness of your mouth to get rid of bacteria. Keeping your mouth, and especially the surgical area, free of food debris will help prevent infection. The day immediately following surgery, you can rinse your mouth gently with warm, saltwater. You should do this at least four times each day, including after each meal or snack. Your surgeon may also recommend a chlorhexidine mouthwash to eliminate bacteria.
Tips for eating
Stick to liquids or soft foods for the first few days following your surgery. Some examples of foods you can try are smooth soups, pudding, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. Eating foods rich in vitamins A and C can also help support the healing process. Examples of such foods are fish, sweet potatoes and eggs. Do not eat foods that are crunchy such as popcorn and raw vegetables.
Things to avoid
During the recovery period, you should abstain from using tobacco or drinking alcohol. Both tobacco and alcohol can inhibit your body’s ability to heal. This will increase the length of time it takes to recover and can also be the cause of complications.
Do not engage in any strenuous exercise in the immediate period after your surgery and about three days following surgery. When you exercise, blood flow is increased to all parts of your body, including your mouth and gums. This increase in circulation could dislodge your blood clots.
Contact us at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology today if you have any more questions and get started with your surgical consultation.