There are a variety of reasons to have oral surgery. Maybe you need to have some teeth pulled. Maybe you’re getting dental implants. Maybe you are treating gum disease. Or maybe you need to have surgery on your jaw.
No matter the reason for your oral surgery, it’s important that you educate yourself on what to expect during the oral surgery, as well as what to expect when recovering from oral surgery. The following information will provide some insight into what you will experience once your oral surgery is over.
You’re going to be in pain.
No matter if you have traditional oral surgery or opt for laser oral surgery, you are going to have some type of pain. If you have traditional oral surgery, you are going to have pain where the incisions were made, as well as anywhere else that may have been touched during the surgery. If you had laser oral surgery, you won’t have any incisions to deal with, but your mouth will still be sore from the lasers as well as the general procedure. Use pain medication your doctor prescribed to deal with the pain, and try to relax.
You’re going to want soft foods.
Like any other time in your life, you are going to be hungry sometime after surgery. Because your mouth will be sore, and because you’ll need to take it easy, you’ll want to stick with soft foods and liquids only. Opt for applesauce, yogurt, soups and other soft foods that will fill you up, but that don’t require you to chew. Depending on your surgery, your oral surgeon will tell you which foods to eat and which to avoid until you’re fully healed.
You’ll want to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Your mouth needs time to heal, and it’s very important that you don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Smoking after oral surgery can interfere with the healing process, and the sucking motion can actually harm your sutures. Alcohol can also interfere with the healing process of your oral surgery. Ask your oral surgeon about when you can go about smoking and drinking as usual after your surgery is complete.
You may be swollen.
There’s a good possibility that your mouth may swell after the surgery is over. This is normal, and although it may be a nuisance, it will eventually go away. Your oral surgeon may be able to tell you how long you can expect to be swollen, but this will usually go away after only a few days.
You’ll want to rest.
Surgery will take a lot out of you, and it’s very important that you get plenty of rest after surgery. Don’t partake in any physical activities. Instead, try to stay in bed for the first few days after surgery to ensure you are well rested. Plus, after surgery, you will still have some of the anesthesia in your system, so it’s a good idea to rest until it has worn off. This will help to keep you safe.
You need to follow the post-care instructions.
Your oral surgeon will provide you with post surgery instructions, and it’s very important that you follow these as guided. These instructions will help ensure you avoid infection and get back to your normal self as quickly as possible.
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