Dental surgery sure comes with a lot of rules, doesn’t it? There are rules about what to eat, what not to eat, what to drink, what not to drink, when to eat things, when to take medicine, how to clean your mouth and even how to chew. With the plethora of pamphlets, booklets or info sheets you get from your oral surgeon, sometimes it can be difficult to remember all the things you need to remember in order to heal quickly and effectively from oral surgery. In order to help make the process easier, the below list will explain the quick do’s and dont’s of what to do after an oral surgery procedure.
DO: Follow instructions about abstaining from eating and drinking before the surgery. If you will be undergoing general anesthesia, it is imperative you do not eat or drink (even water) for at least six hours prior to your surgery. This is important.
DON’T: Lie about eating or drinking anything. If you did eat or drink something within that time frame, you need to tell your oral surgeon so your surgery can be rescheduled. This is because food or drinks can react poorly with the general anesthetic creating additional and dangerous problems.
DO: Take the medicine prescribed to you as it is prescribed. Your surgeon knows the right treatment plan for you to keep you comfortable and to help you heal. Follow the instructions of your Peak OMS surgeon.
DON’T: Brush the area of the surgical site because it could get irritated or even loosen the stitches. This could cause bleeding, additional swelling and extend the healing time.
DO: Attend your follow-up appointment. This appointment is important and will help the oral surgeon assess how you are healing as well as give them time to remove the stitches in a way that causes no pain. This is also how a surgeon will be able to identify any issues or talk to you about any pain or numbness you may still have.
DON’T: Try any type of DIY procedures. This includes removing your own stitches or packing gauze into your sockets. The only thing you should be doing is rinsing your mouth out with the medicated cleaning rinse and using an irrigation syringe to gently flush food out of the sockets after eating.
DO: Eat soft or liquid foods for as long as possible to ensure you are being gentle on your mouth, gums and surgery site. Even though soft foods can get boring, they will help your mouth to heal faster, which will in turn get you back to your regular eating habits faster.
DON’T: Eat abrasive foods too soon. This includes popcorn, chips, cookies, pretzels, nuts and anything else that can splinter into sharp pieces and get lodged in the surgical site or sockets. Not only is this painful, but food stuck in the sockets is the number one reasons that people experience infection after an oral surgery.
Sticking to this simple list of do’s and don’ts will help you not only to have a more comfortable recovery, but to recover and heal much more quickly.