What You Need to Know About Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Oral SurgeryOral surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires anesthesia, whether you have to remove an impacted wisdom tooth, install dental implants or treat jaw injury. After the procedure, you can return home shortly to let your mouth heal. To prevent infection, ask the doctor what to do after the surgery and clarify any other question you might have.

The Night Before

Before your appointment, finalize your transport arrangements to and from the dental clinic. Keep in mind that you might not be able to drive yourself after the surgery, so inform someone to help you get home. The night before your surgery, you are not supposed to eat. Your doctor may advise you exactly how many hours you should fast.

The Recovery Period

Oral surgeons note  that preparing for post-op care at home before your oral surgery appointment is important. You might spend some time in bed after your surgery. Set up some extra pillows so that you can rest in a comfortable reclining position.  Try and do something to keep you busy, like watching television or reading magazines. You need to avoid smoking, as the sucking motion could cause bleeding or damage to the treated area.

The Food to Eat After the procedure, stick to soft foods. Eat only soups or yoghurts for the first 48 hours.  The food you eat should be at room temperature; avoid hot dishes and drinks while still under the influence of anesthesia. You may not be able to feel the pain, so you might burn yourself without realizing that the food is too hot. Do not drink from a straw or take alcohol after surgery.

It may take 48 hours for any swelling or discomfort to go down. During these hours, lie down in bed as much as you can. Do not stress yourself.  After 48 hours, you can get to the long-term healing phase. The length of this phase may vary depending on the type of surgery you had.