What steps should I follow after oral surgery?
Our dentists will ensure that your oral surgery at our Brentwood, TN dental office goes smoothly and comfortably. But what you do following your procedure can make the difference between a smooth recovery process and complications that arise from lack of proper care.
The following tips are part of the after-care instructions we provide our patients following oral surgery:
Plan to rest on the day of your surgery. When taking a nap or going to sleep the first night, use an extra pillow to limit excess bleeding and swelling.
Keep yourself comfortable. Take prescription or over-the-counter or pain medications as directed. Using a cold compress on and off for 20-minute intervals can also help reduce swelling.
Beginning the day after surgery, clean your mouth gently but thoroughly after each meal. Rinse four times a day with a mixture of a half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water until the site heals.
Plan on a soft or liquid diet the first day or two. Choosing foods that are high in Vitamins C and A also helps promote healing.
Avoid drinking through a straw or smoking. The sucking motion may dislodge the clot that forms over the surgical site and lead to a painful condition called dry socket.
Please Call Us with Your Questions
Don’t worry too much, because we are here for you before, during, and after your oral surgery at our Brentwood, TN dental office. We’ll guide you through the whole process from the day of your procedure until your mouth has healed completely.
Please call us to schedule a dental appointment so we can answer all your questions.