Tips for Recovering from Oral Surgery

Woman sleeping on the couch - Oral Surgery Alameda, CAThere’s always going to be at least a little bit of nerves surrounding oral surgery, especially if you haven’t had to go through this process in the past.

The odds are pretty good that your mind is going to be filled with a lot of questions and concerns, and hopefully, our team here at California Oral and Facial Surgery can help to assuage some of them before you have your surgical procedure performed.

At the same time, you will also be provided with a whole host of tips and tricks to help you better (and faster) recover from oral surgery. By having your procedure performed here you’ll be set up for success in this department to be sure, but every oral and maxillofacial surgeon will give you more specific instructions to speed up and improve this recovery process, too.

Here’s a small collection of some of our best tips and tricks to recover faster!

Inside information to help recover faster from oral surgery

Get More Rest

You’ll likely be pretty tired and worn out following your oral surgery, and definitely won’t be released until you’ve woken up from sedation, but it’s a good idea to get just as much sleep as possible in the first week or two after your surgery has concluded.

Your body does its best job healing while you are asleep, so given every opportunity to do so by getting in between eight and 10 hours of sleep as consistently as possible.

Eat the Right Foods

It’s a good idea to stick to foods that are soft and cool while your mouth is healing and recovering from oral surgery. Things like applesauce, yogurt, and oatmeal are all fantastic options, and smoothies are a great choice as well – though you’ll want to stay away from using straws if you’ve had a tooth extraction.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

As a general rule, you’re going to want to avoid brushing, flossing, or even rinsing your teeth within the first 24 hours of your oral surgery. A day later you can start to rinse with a mild saltwater solution, and four or five days after that you can begin gently brushing and flossing your teeth while avoiding the actual surgical site.

Pain Management

Plenty of people worry about being in a lot of pain after they have gone through oral surgery, and we won’t tell you that all surgeries are completely painless. At the same time, your oral surgeon here at California Oral and Facial Surgery will likely provide short prescriptions for pain medications that can get you through the first couple of days if you’re really struggling.

Try over-the-counter medications, ice packs, and other non-medicine pain management solutions as well to help you get through this recovery process.

Things to Avoid

Obviously, there are plenty of things you’ll also want to avoid while recovering from your oral surgery. Tobacco products, alcohol, a lot of caffeine, crunchy or “hard foods”, and even strenuous exercise are all things you want to do your very best to avoid in the first week or two after your surgery has been successfully completed.

For more tips and tricks, or for more details about the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the area, contact us directly at California Oral and Facial Surgery. We’ll get back to you just as soon as possible to clear up any questions you may have!

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