Like any form of surgery, oral surgery can result in a period of discomfort during the healing period. Following the aftercare instructions provided by our oral surgeons, you can minimize your discomfort and maximize the speed of your healing.
Typical Oral Surgery Aftercare
Most types of oral surgery, including removal of wisdom teeth, require the same basic approach to aftercare. You should be careful when you brush your teeth for several days to keep from disturbing any stitches or any clots that have formed where teeth have been extracted. Gauze can be used to slow, prevent, or stop bleeding. Gentle rinsing with warm salt water might also be recommended to help keep incisions clean.
Other care might include:
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
- Ice pack to control swelling
- At least two days of rest
- Avoid physical activity for a few days
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid using a straw
These measures can help prevent infection, increase your comfort during the healing process, and, in the case of extractions, keep any clots from becoming dislodged, causing dry socket. If your oral surgeon prescribes antibiotics, be sure to take the full course—do not stop taking them before they are all gone, even if you feel better. If you are taking prescription pain medication, do not take over-the-counter pain relief at the same time unless your specialist recommends it.
Signs of Problems with Healing After Oral Surgery
After oral surgery, you might experience problems that will need to be treated by our oral surgeons. For example, if you have had wisdom teeth or other teeth extracted, you could experience dry socket. This is an uncomfortable complication in which the protective blood clot in the tooth socket is dislodged or dissolves. Other complications could include infection, excessive bleeding, or excessive swelling. If bleeding or swelling continue after a few days, or become worse, talk to our surgeons right away. You might also see some bruising, particularly after an extraction. This should also fade after a few days.
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