Speeding Up Your Recovery After an Oral Surgery
Oral surgery, like any surgery, requires operating on soft tissue. In this case, that tissue is in the mouth of the patient, and that can lead to some considerations that should be made after a procedure has been performed.
- Mouths have bacteria. Even the cleanest mouth of the most hygienic patient is going to have bacteria, and bacteria look for easy sources of nutrients wherever they can. When tissue has been damaged, it is less resilient when it comes to resisting that bacteria, which leads to an increased chance of infection. As your body recovers, it will also need to use its immune system to keep bacterial infections at bay.
- We use our mouths fairly often, and that’s an understatement. From chewing, to talking, to physical expressions, we do a lot of activities with the mouth, and that can hinder recovery. You will almost always get a list of activities to avoid after an oral surgery of nearly any level of seriousness, and some of the universal suggestions include avoiding drinking through straws, smoking, drinking alcohol, and other activities that could undo stitching, cause you to experience a “dry socket,” or exposed bone and nerve tissue after a tooth has been extracted.
After every oral surgery procedure, we’ll provide you with a list of what you can do as a patient to avoid causing any unnecessary pain or injury while your mouth recovers. These checklists also help you to speed up the recovery process by allowing your body to dedicate more resources to repair, as opposed to dealing with new problems.
Some of those tips include:
- Resting up. You won’t see a fast recovery if you’re tired and stressed out.
- Reducing swelling through the use of cold compresses.
- Controlling your diet by eating soft foods served at proper temperatures. Avoid foods that are spicy, or foods that are high in acid, like citrus. Nutrition also helps your body to get the nutrients it needs to recover, so don’t skip out on meals either.
- Getting follow up care and examination so that we know everything is going as planned.
If you have questions about proper home care before and after an oral surgery procedure, never be afraid to ask the dentist about what you can do to make your surgery experience safer.