Oral surgery can be an important part of maintaining your health. Whether it’s as simple as pulling a tooth or as complicated as a root canal or a crown installation, the dentists and staff here at Bedford Dental Group take great care to do the absolute best work possible. In doing so, we not only remedy the cause of pain but we decrease the likelihood that the issue will arise again.
Part of that prevention, though, is in taking good care of oneself following the surgery. That’s where you come in. Allowing yourself to heal properly after a procedure is an important part of preventing future problems. Because of that, it’s important that you do everything you can to ensure a full recovery.
First thing’s first – take it easy! You should get plenty of rest on the day of your surgery and in the days following. Nobody would expect you to be up and running around after an appendectomy. Just like you would need time to recover from that, you should take time following your oral surgery. You should sleep, relax, and avoid exerting yourself in the days following.
Immediately following oral surgery, you should avoid hot or cold drinks. Your mouth will likely still be numb from the anesthetics, which means your mouth won’t be able to recognize the pain of extreme temperatures. You should also stick to soft foods like soup or yogurt in the days immediately after the procedure.
You may experience swelling shortly after surgery. You can cut down on that by using an ice pack, applying it for 15 minutes and then taking it off for another 15 minutes. You should also take any antibiotic courses prescribed by your dentist. Most pain can be fought using over the counter painkillers. In instances where prescription painkillers are recommended by the dentist, they should be used sparingly and only when necessary.
Finally, you will want to keep your mouth clean. While it’s important to avoid aggravating the wound until the dentist says otherwise, you should still brush teeth in the unaffected areas of the mouth. Proper dental hygiene decreases the likelihood of the wound becoming infected.
Following these steps and the recommendations of your dentist will help you heal faster and recover completely.