Oral surgery is not an uncommon practice in dentistry. We often see patients for everything from wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and even bone grafting, and as with any surgery, there is after care that you as a patient need to be aware of once you’re back at home and recovering.
Now That You’re Home, Here is What You Need to Know
Our office will send you home with instructions for pain management following the procedure. While extreme pain is rare, you may be sensitive for a couple of days.
It is likely that you may experience a different sensation in the treated area, but you should call us immediately if you experience any severe symptom like pain or pressure lasting more than a few days, visible swelling or any possible allergic reaction to medication. After your sensation returns, if your bite feels uneven, call us right away.
The first 24-48 hours, you may notice lots of bleeding and some discomfort. It’s important during this time to keep clean gauze in your mouth to absorb the blood and take it easy. Stay on your couch or in bed for a day or two. Be gentle getting up out of bed, and although it’s not required, a liquid or soft diet is recommended.
Changing your diet to soft, healthy foods will help your mouth heal quickly and correctly. Avoid any hard foods, nuts, popcorn, overly spicy food, chips and acidic foods. You should also avoid drinking through a straw for several days after oral surgery as this can cause excessive bleeding and complications.
Depending on the type of surgery you have done, recovery times can vary greatly, however, after 48 hours if you’re still experiencing a lot of bleeding, you should call our office right away. We’re happy to discuss your concerns and help you through the healing process.