THE DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN RECOVERING FROM ORAL SURGERY
You are more likely to require oral surgery if you have an impacted tooth that is trapped in the jawbone, a poorly positioned tooth that is damaging neighboring teeth, need a dental implant or if you need gum treatment. In adults, wisdom teeth are more susceptible to problems requiring oral surgery. Here are the dos and don’ts when recovering from oral surgery:
-Start taking prescription drugs immediately. After surgery, the area will be tender for a few days. You will need to ease the pain and discomfort. If your dentist prescribes painkillers, start taking them immediately after oral surgery. Do not wait until you begin to feel the pain and discomfort. If your dentist prescribes antibiotics, take them and ensure that you finish the entire course.
-Prop your head up using pillows. For the first night after the oral surgery, prop your head up using pillows to reduce excess bleeding and swelling.
-Eat soft foods (after the bleeding stops). “It is important that for the first two days or so, eat only soft food or drink liquids, said Mark Tilly from the dentist in Santa Clarita. You can go for soups, fruit milkshakes, mashed potatoes, yogurts, and smoothies.
-Rinse your mouth. Your dentist may advise you not to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after the oral surgery. After this, Pete from Dental SCV says to rinse your mouth gently 4 times a day. Use warm salt water. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of water will do. Rinse your mouth after every meal and snack. Ensure that you do not leave any bits of food around the surgical area. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend you to use a chlorhexidine rinse to kill all bacteria.
-Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet supports the healing process. Go for foods that are rich in Vitamin A and C. You may also intake a Vitamin C supplement.
-Do not use aspirin. Over the counter pain relief will do. Do not use aspirin. It will thin the blood resulting in bleeding from the mouth.
-Do not overexert yourself. Do not lift heavy things, bend over, or do strenuous exercise, for 2 to 3 days after the surgery.
-Do not take hot food or drinks. Keep hot food and drinks at bay, until the numbing wears off.
-Do not eat hard or crunchy foods. For 6 to 8 weeks after the oral surgery, do not chew hard or crunchy foods, especially around the area of surgery.
-Do not brush the surgical area or floss teeth around it. Wait for your dentist to give you the go ahead.
–Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Smoking and drinking alcohol will interfere with the healing process. The former can dislodge blood clots that result from the healing process. Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after the surgery.
All in all, the above do’s and don’ts when recovering from oral surgery will allow you to heal quickly without complications.