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Best Recovery Practices for Oral Surgery

oral surgery McKinney TXJust like any other type of surgery, oral surgery requires recovery time. It’s important that you take good care of yourself after your procedure so that your mouth will heal properly and you will avoid any possible side effects such as infection or dry socket. Your dentist will supply you with aftercare instructions that will help ensure you have the best possible healing experience.

Taking Care Of Yourself after Oral Surgery

After any oral surgery procedure, you should closely follow the instructions given to you by your oral surgeon or dentist. These instructions might differ based on the specific procedure you had done, but general guidelines for aftercare include:

  • Avoid strenuous activity for a day or two
  • Use ice to reduce swelling
  • Eat soft foods until your mouth is more comfortable
  • Avoid brushing if your dentist indicates this is necessary
  • Don’t use a straw, particularly if you have had a tooth extracted
  • Take any and all medications your dentist prescribes according to the instructions

If you experience any unusual symptoms after your surgery, be sure to tell your dentist right away. This could include abnormal bleeding, extreme discomfort, or any signs of infection such as fever, swelling or pus in the surgery site, or flulike symptoms.

How Proper Preparation Can Help

Preparing correctly for your oral surgery can be as helpful to your recovery as your aftercare. For example, if you require general anesthesia, you might need to fast for a certain period of time before surgery. You might also be given a sedative pill before your procedure or be prescribed a course of antibiotics. Again, it’s very important to follow your dentist’s instructions closely for the best possible outcome.

Although we might not like to think about it, all of us will probably have to have oral surgery at some point. However, no matter what the procedure might be, following proper aftercare practices will help get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

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