Follow Doctor’s Orders

There are some dental issues that will call for oral surgery. An impacted wisdom tooth for instance, or one that has become too infected with tooth decay to be saved. Getting an implant is also a surgical procedure.

If you are scheduled for oral surgery you should expect to feel some tenderness and minor pain afterward. Your dentist will give you a prescription to help relieve the discomfort or you may prefer an over the counter product other than aspirin (aspirin could encourage bleeding). Whatever pain reliever you select be sure to take it immediately after the procedure in order to stave off the pain.

Following the surgery your doctor will give you a list of do’s and don’ts to take home with you. It may be a good idea however, to go over the instructions before the surgery when you will be better able to think of any questions you might have.

Plan the day around your surgery, don’t consider going back to work. Take the time to relax on the couch with your head elevated by a pillow. Use an ice pack of some sort to reduce any swelling and if your dentist prescribes an antibiotic take the full dosage.

You probably won’t feel up to eating for the first hours after the surgery but when you do, start out slowly with liquids and soft foods like yogurt or pudding. The day after, you can start rinsing with warm salt water a few times a day to keep your mouth clean. Once you’re back to a normal diet be sure to include foods that are rich in vitamin C to encourage the healing process. Avoid hard or crunchy foods for the next couple of months.

If bleeding seems excessive or goes on for too long or if your pain medication isn’t working to relieve your distress contact your dentist asap.

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