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Things to Remember When Recovering From Oral Surgery

Posted on 11/30/2016 by Dr. Michael Allard
A woman icing her swollen jaw, after her oral surgery.
Oral surgery can be a wonderful solution to many dental issues. Whether you require a tooth extraction, are getting dental implants or are undergoing facial reconstruction, there are some things to keep in mind while you are recovering.

Pain is Normal
Pain after oral surgery is perfectly normal and is to be expected. Most pain can be managed with over the counter medications, although ones that thin your blood should be avoided.

Your surgeon may, however, prescribe you stronger pain medication if he deems it necessary. Medication should be taken as soon as possible, before pain sets in, to avoid excruciating discomfort.

Depending upon the surgery, you may also be given antibiotics. These should be taken as prescribed and should be finished.

Take it Easy
Rest is highly recommended following surgery, especially in the first 24 hours. When you get home, you should lie down with your head elevated, which will help keep down swelling and limit bleeding. Ice packs can also help with swelling. Physical activity should be limited for at least the first couple of days after surgery.


Food should be limited to liquids and soft items for at least the first day or two, and you shouldn't eat anything at all until the bleeding stops and the anesthesia has worn off. Foods such as soups, smoothies and yogurt are recommended, although you should avoid foods that are extremely hot or extremely cold. Alcohol should also be avoided.

You should also be sure to get a variety of nutritious foods. A good, balanced diet is important to the healing process.

Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean is extremely important to preventing infection. While you shouldn't rinse your mouth within the first 24 hours, after that, you should rinse after every meal. A salt water solution will help cleanse wounds and reduce swelling. You may even be prescribed a mouthwash to aid in killing bacteria.

When to Call
Following the surgeon's post-surgical at-home care should aid in a quick and relatively painless healing process. However, if you suffer any of the following, you should call the surgeon's office immediately:

•  Excessive bleeding or swelling that won't stop or go away.
•  Extreme pain that isn't alleviated by even prescription medications.
•  An allergic reaction to any prescribed medication.

No matter what oral surgery you undergo, healing is important. Never hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

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