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What to Expect After an Oral Surgery
Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
After your oral surgery, you will go to a recovery room. Doctors will watch over you there until you wake up. They will keep an eye on your vital signs to make sure you are stable. You will also get instructions on what to do as you recover. The surgeon might give you pain medicine to reduce pain. Follow the dosage and timing instructions for effective pain relief. This ensures you remain comfortable after the surgery for better recovery.
What to Expect at Home
Following oral surgery, you might notice some swelling and bleeding. The oral surgeon will give you clear guidelines on how to control bleeding. This might include softly biting down on gauze pads over the surgical site. Change these pads when they get soaked with blood. If bleeding continues for a whole day after surgery, contact the dentist for more advice. They will also recommend ways to reduce swelling, like applying ice packs. These steps are crucial in the early stages of your recovery process. They help to lessen bleeding and minimize swelling.
How to Care for the Surgical Site
After a tooth extraction, you can rinse your mouth with warm saltwater after a day. It reduces swelling and eases pain. Make sure you keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth and tongue gently and follow the instructions for flossing.
After a tooth extraction, do not use a straw for a few days. Using a straw can move the blood clot at the surgery site and slow down healing. It is essential to avoid straws to protect the clot and help healing.
What to Eat During Recovery
While recovering, stick to soft foods like gelatin, pudding, or thin soups. As you get better, you can slowly start eating solid foods again. Usually, it is safe to go back to solid foods after about a week.
Eating a healthy diet is crucial for healing. Soft, protein-rich foods like scrambled eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese give your body what it needs to heal. Drink enough water and avoid very hot or cold drinks.