Oral surgery is done in cases when surgical treatment is needed to effectively deal with a dental problem, dental injury/emergency, disease, or any other illness involving the oral/maxillofacial region. After undergoing a dental treatment that involves oral surgery, it is important to follow the instructions of the dentist to make sure that there are no complications after the procedure – and also to ensure that the affected area will heal as quickly and effectively as possible.
What can you do to avoid complications after oral/dental surgery?
Aside from following the instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon, the following steps can be done to help prevent complications after the surgical procedure. These tips can also help in the management of pain or discomfort that may be felt in the days following the oral surgery:
- To help ease the swelling in the affected area, always keep your head slightly elevated than your heart area – this should be followed even when you are sleeping. You can also place a cold pack with ice next to the area where the surgery has been done to help bring down any swelling; a hot compress can then replace the ice pack on the third day after the surgery.
- Do not spit, use a straw, suck, or smoke after the dental surgery procedure – these can all dislodge the blood clot formed in the surgical area in a premature manner, and can result to painful complications. On the other hand, smoking and using tobacco products can lead to infections in the affected area.
- Tooth brushing may be done very gently – just make sure that the area where surgery was recently done will be avoided; however, it is best to check with the oral surgeon first if the tooth brushing can be done with your specific case. Avoid spitting, and using a mouthwash that contains alcohol. When in doubt, rinse your mouth with warm salty water instead.
- Go on a diet of soft food items, and avoid chewing on the area where the surgery was done. Keeping yourself hydrated will help hasten the healing process in the surgical area.
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