Laurel, MD Dentist, Dr. Aaron Nicholas Shares Essential Tips for Oral Surgery Aftercare.
There’s a diverse variety of reasons why oral surgery is performed, but one thing’s for certain; proper aftercare is a must to ensure speedy recovery from the procedure, as well as to prevent excessive discomfort and other potential complications.
When it comes to oral surgery aftercare, a trusted Laurel, MD dentist will tell you it’s all about carefully following instructions. Because this is such an important topic we have rounded up a list of some essential tips for oral surgery aftercare.
- Use the pain relievers prescribed by the dentist to help you deal with tenderness, sensitivity and pain after the surgery. Always let your Dentist know if you are sensitive to pain relievers so he or she can suggest the right dose.
- If prescribed antibiotics to prevent or treat infection, take them as instructed by the dentist. Even if you are feeling fine, continue to take them until your prescription ends.
- Take time off from work and just take things easy as needed. You don’t want to overexert yourself and cause the blood to pump hard, which can induce bleeding. Rest as much as you can – lie down and keep your head supported by pillows to reduce swelling and prevent bleeding.
- To further reduce swelling and to numb pain, do apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off.
- Eat soft foods so as not to disturb the treated area. Soups, yogurts, smoothies, mashed potatoes and pureed veggies should be your diet for the time being. It may be a simple diet, but the good news is that you can eat soft ice cream.
- After surgery, it’ll be hard to clean your mouth; the only thing you can do for the first 24 hours is to carefully rinse with chlorhexidine about four times a day or after eating. Very gently swish the solution around, especially around the surgical area to remove food particles. If you run out of chlorhexidine, you can rinse with warm salt water instead (one teaspoon of salt for a glass of warm water).
- Once you get the go signal from your dentist to move on from your soft/liquid diet, make sure that you eat nutritious foods that can contribute to faster recovery from oral surgery. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals will not only promote faster cell regeneration, but they can boost your immune system as well.
- Do take vitamin C supplements. Loading up on vitamin C will promote faster healing of the surgical wound.
- Do get in touch with your dentist right away if the dressing on the treated area comes off, or if you experience excessive bleeding, swelling, fever or allergic reaction to medication, as well as persistent pains even after taking medication.
We hope your oral surgery is successful with a quick recovery. Should you need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicholas for tooth extraction or a root canal and you live in Burtonsville, Silver Spring or Laurel MD, Nicholas Dental Care is happy to help!