What to Do After Your Oral Surgery
Oral surgery is an often necessary measure, but it doesn’t stop once the procedure is finished. Your body will need time to recover, and your mouth will need time to heal. Here are a few tips that you should definitely follow after any oral surgery procedure has been performed.
- Follow your dentist’s orders. Every surgery is different, so this is the most important one. Your oral surgeon will have specific and explicit instructions for home care. Follow their instructions to the letter.
- Don’t brush your teeth. Brushing is probably one of the worst things you can do after a surgery. You could re-open any bleeding or even brush infectious bacteria right into a wound. Follow your dentist’s recommendations on cleaning, which will usually involve rinsing with salt water.
- Don’t drink through a straw or smoke. Blood clots are what keep you from bleeding, and when there’s any suction in the mouth, it has a chance of dislodging the clot and opening up a surgery site. Don’t even risk it by drinking through a straw, and smoking in general should be avoided, as the action could be harmful and the smoke itself could slow down and compromise the healing process.
- No alcohol. Alcohol thins the blood, which can lead to bleeding. You may also be prescribed prescription medication after a surgery, which doesn’t mix well with drinking. Please follow your dentist’s advice, and always follow the side effect and reaction advice provided with any pain management medications that you receive.
- Relax and recover. Finally, oral surgery is still surgery. Just as you would need a few days to recover from any operation, schedule time that you can use to relax and recover from an oral surgery operation. In that time, you should be just focused on staying calm, sleeping, and taking care of any issues related to the surgery, such as swelling in the mouth and jaw.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at KK Dental if you have any concerns after a surgery, or if you have an emergency situation related to the surgery.