Tips for recovering from oral surgery

As professional dental health experts and oral surgeons, we understand a little better than most exactly how to speed up the recovery process after oral surgery.

Obviously, any type of surgery – especially oral surgery – is going to have some different methods to the recovery process that you may not be aware of until you actually have to go through the process yourself. Our Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology experts will always go over specific aftercare instructions both pre-op and post-op, but the inside information we include below should help you out too.

Tips for a Quicker Recovery

The first thing you’ll want to focus on after your oral surgery has been completed here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology is to get as much rest as you possibly can, especially in the first 48 hours.

While your surgeon isn’t ever going to release you until you have actually woken up from your sedation, the odds are pretty good that your post-operative medicine (and the medicine you’ll need to speed up your recovery) will make you feel drowsy, sleepy, and maybe even have you feel a little bit confused or mentally foggy.

Use the first 48 hours after your surgery to get as much quality sleep in as you can. You’ll also want to limit the amount of time spent talking, chewing, and generally moving your mouth in the immediate aftermath of your surgery.

Secondly, our Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology experts are always going to recommend that you stick to soft, cool foods while you are healing from your surgery. Yogurt, applesauce, oatmeal, cold soups, smoothies, etc. are always better options than traditional meals – though you’ll need to be careful with straws if you have had an extraction procedure performed.

Third, do everything you can to keep your mouth nice and clean without aggravating the actual surgical site itself.

In most situations, it’s recommended that you do not brush, floss, or even rinse out your mouth in the immediate 24 hours after your surgery – and after that, you’ll want to start slowly with a mild saltwater rinse for the next couple of days. Let yourself heal up before you start to brush your teeth.

Finally, it’s important that you take your pain management very seriously.

The drugs used during the procedure are likely going to numb the pain completely for at least 12 hours after your surgery has completed, but the odds are high that you are going to wake up the next morning with more pain than you expected or anticipated.

Postoperative medicine will go a long way towards dulling this pain, but don’t be shy about taking advantage of ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine as long as your Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology surgeon has given you the green light to do so.

Important Things to Avoid When Healing

At the end of the day, there are also a couple of things you’ll want to avoid when recovering from oral surgery.

Steer clear of tobacco and alcohol, caffeine, and do your level best to avoid “crunchy” foods that can get gummed up in your mouth and create abrasions on the surgical area, too.

To learn more about how to recover from dental surgery, or to schedule an appointment to talk more about potential oral surgery solutions that might be right for you, contact us here at Stanislaus Oral Surgery and Implantology at your earliest convenience.