Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery / wisdom teeth extraction Aftercare - Post-Operative Care Instructions to Follow.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery / wisdom teeth extractions is a procedure that thousands worldwide undergo every year. Even at our Dental office, we receive hundreds of patients looking to undergo wisdom teeth extractions and reconstructive procedures to address many facial and oral concerns. Many of them consult us extensively about the surgical procedure, healing and recovery aspects. So, if you also are a candidate wondering about the recovery time and healing part, you aren’t alone! Here are some generic insights into oral and maxillofacial surgery and wisdom teeth extraction after care.

Dos and Don’ts: Wisdom teeth extraction and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery After Care Instructions

After care is part of every surgery and adhering to it is the patient’s responsibility. Thus, after surgery, the dentist will expect you to follow the below instructions. However, these are generic instructions. While discussing them, ensure you also get specific instructions to expedite the healing and recovery process.

  • Bleeding – Initial bleeding is common and normal after wisdom teeth extraction. Hence, oozing of blood shouldn’t worry you. Use the gauze pads provided and bite down gently to control bleeding. Do not spit excessively, as it can further increase bleeding.

  • Swelling Swelling also is as common and usual as bleeding during the initial period after oral surgery. Accordingly, apply an ice pack to the affected region for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling. After the initial period, use a warm compress to promote healing.

  • Pain Management Patients may also experience pain after wisdom teeth extraction / oral and maxillofacial surgery. The dentist will prescribe a set of medications to manage and alleviate pain. They may recommend pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Nevertheless, ensure you consume the medications as prescribed.

  • Diet Chewing and biting could prove challenging initially. Hence, a soft or liquid diet in the early postoperative stages is recommended. Refrain from eating hot or spicy foods. Furthermore, abstain from drinking carbonated beverages like sprite and coke, and using straws to drink any liquids, as the sucking action can displace the blood clots.

  • Smoking and Alcohol Avoid smoking for at least 10 days after surgery, as it can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Furthermore, stay away from alcohol, especially if you are on prescription medications.

  • Rest As with every surgery, rest forms a crucial aspect of wisdom teeth extractions and oral and maxillofacial surgery after care. So, take it easy as recommended by your friendly neighborhood dentist to accelerate initial healing. Do not perform any activity that will stress your body like working out at the gym and lifting weights. Even while sleeping, maintain an elevated position of the head to reduce swelling.

  • Oral Hygiene  This goes without saying. Ensure you maintain excellent oral hygiene, as your dentist would recommend. However, be gentle around the surgical region while brushing normally. Avoid touching the surgical area with your fingers or tongue during the first few days. Use a prescribed or mild saltwater solution to rinse your mouth.

  • Restrictions – Do not touch the surgical site with your fingers or tongue, even if you may be tempted to do so. Also, avoid pulling or stretching your lips to examine the area. Give your body adequate time and space to recover from the procedure.

In addition to the above, ensure you address unusual pain, swelling, bleeding, etc., promptly with your dentist and attend post-operative follow-up appointments.

Visit us if you’ve been searching for an ‘oral and maxillofacial surgeon near me’. With years of experience treating hundreds of patients, we come in as one of the most trusted general dentists who can perform oral maxillofacial procedures in Texas. Our personalized consultation, treatment, and care aims at addressing your oral concerns effectively and helping you achieve optimum results. Call us at 903-583-7786 to schedule an appointment with us.