Whether you’ve had some wisdom teeth extracted, your jaw reconstructed, or gum grafting done, it’s time to rest and baby yourself a bit.
Too much physical activity can raise your heartrate and disrupt the blood-clotting process. Your body needs to relax and spend its energy on healing up a wound. Take a few days off from work and stay in bed (or on the couch.) Avoid doing any tasks that require you to bend over. Now would be a good time to binge on your favorite TV series.
Placing an ice pack against the sore area on the outside of your face can help reduce swelling, pain, and bruising within the first 24 hours.
Brush Gently (or Not at All)
Oral hygiene shouldn’t take a vacation, but things are different when you have a surgical wound in your mouth. You don’t want to disrupt any stitches, dressings, or blood clots. Follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully when it comes to routine for the first few days following your procedure.
Take Painkillers as Directed
Over-the-counter pain meds can be just as effective as the stronger drugs only a doctor can prescribe. Easing the discomfort after oral surgery will help you get that vital rest your body needs. But be careful to only take what your surgeon recommends; have a friend or family member measure out the medication for you while you’re still woozy from anesthesia.
Eat a Soft Diet
Stick to cool liquid or soft foods for a while. Soup is okay as long as it’s mostly broth with no chewy ingredients (and it’s not too hot.) Yogurt, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, ice cream, and fruit and veggie juices are good, too.
Ready to bounce back after your next oral surgery? Ask your surgeon for more tips.
Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
What exactly is oral surgery? Well, it includes anything from a simple extraction to wisdom tooth removal to dental implant placement. The type of surgery really just depends on what treatment is going to be necessary; but there’s one thing that they all have in common – the need for comfort. Thankfully, oral sedation is a safe, effective, and easy way to achieve the comfort necessary for most patients.
Oral sedation uses prescription medication that creates a sleep-like sensation as well as acts as an amnesiac. About an hour after taking it, you feel like you’re dreaming your way right through your dental appointment. Occasionally some people require a second dose at the time of their appointment, to achieve a more significant response if the dose is very mild. In all cases your dentist will closely monitor you and take additional precautions to ensure your safety at all times.
Although you’ll be mostly unaware of what’s going on around you, you will still be able to answer short, straightforward questions or instructions. For instance, if you’re asked to open your mouth, you will be able to do so. Since the medication is an amnesiac though, you most likely won’t remember a single thing about the appointment.
If you need to have some type of oral surgery completed, oral sedation can be one of the simplest ways to ensure your comfort throughout the process. To be a licensed oral sedation dentist, additional training and certification is required. Ask your dentist if he or she offers sedation dentistry in their office and don’t put your oral health care off any longer!
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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