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Taking Care of Yourself After Oral Surgery

April 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Robert Rahm
Oral Surgery Care | Chesterfield Valley Dental

If you find yourself facing oral surgery, you might be concerned about taking care of the site post-surgery. Whether you had oral surgery for placement of dental implants or for tooth extraction, such as wisdom teeth, there are a number of tips you can follow to ensure your post-oral surgery care promotes healing.

If you are facing oral surgery in Chesterfield, MO, you should take the following steps toward a good recovery.

What to Do After Oral Surgery

In most cases, if you follow instructions, you will heal quickly and without complication. Follow these instructions:

  • Immediately after the procedure, prop your head with pillows when lying down to keep swelling and bleeding at bay.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers to take care of any tenderness or discomfort.
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling.
  • If your doctor has suggested pain killers, take them as prescribed to stay ahead of the pain.
  • Take antibiotics, as prescribed.
  • Stick to liquids and soft foods when you are able to eat again.

What Not to Do After Oral Surgery

Avoid doing any of the following to help promote healing:

  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after oral surgery as it can delay the healing process.
  • Don’t smoke; you risk dislodging the blood clots that are forming at the surgery site—called dry socket—because of the sucking motion.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for the same reason: to avoid dry socket.
  • Don’t brush or floss teeth at the surgical site until your dentist gives the okay.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for at least a few days.
  • Don’t take aspirin for pain relief; it is a blood thinner and might cause bleeding.

Call the Chesterfield Dental Valley Dental for Post-Surgery Instructions

Contact Chesterfield Valley Dental if you are facing oral surgery in Chesterfield, MO. We can talk about the procedure as well as post-surgery care.


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