The time spent after oral surgery can be uncomfortable. Whether having teeth extracted or implants prepared, the trauma to the tissues of the mouth can be significant and widespread. Lucky for us, the mouth is one of the fastest healing parts of the body. This means that if you take the proper precautions and steps after an oral procedure you can recover quickly and issue free.
The choice is yours. Opting not to do so could lead to various complications as well as pain and discomfort that you would experience unnecessarily. If you are already in a situation that prevents you from eating or drinking normally, why extend the misery? How about we help you take better care of yourself with the 6 ways to recover faster after oral surgery.
Do Not Smoke
Although our first step seems incredibly obvious, the tricky thing about smoking is that some people have cravings and daily routines built around it. Beyond this, sitting idle during recovery can lead to boredom. This in turn can make people feel like smoking. Whether cigarettes or recreational drugs, smoking dries out the mouth and irritates wounds. This combination not only can extend recovery times unnecessarily, but also lead to painful issues such as dry sockets after extractions.
Take Your Medication as Prescribed
Believe it or not, any medication prescribed to you by your dentist for an oral procedure is likely done so because it will help your recovery greatly. Whether to deal with pain or in the form of an antibiotic, it is imperative that you take your medication as instructed (with or without food, number of times a day, et cetera). If you have any questions or concerns about your medications contact your dentist to ask. This tip alone will put you on the fast track to recovery.
Deal With Swelling Proactively
Trauma to the gums and oral tissues can very easily lead to swelling. In order to both prevent and treat swelling as it occurs; get into the habit of icing your cheek early and often. The ideal way to do so is apply the ice for 10 minutes and then spend the following 5 minutes with it off. Repeat as needed with either an ice pack, bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes in a ziploc bag.
Hot beverages should also be avoided. They can irritate the mouth leading to further swelling and unneeded bleeding.
Do Not Use a Straw
The suction created in your mouth when using a straw is bad news for stitches and sutures post-surgery. This means that both sippy cups (for the ankle biters or colourful adults) and straws should be retired until fully healed. Opting to use them will prolong recovery time as stitches are pulled on and strained.
Choose Foods Wisely
As much as you can for the days following your procedure opt for softer foods. This includes items that are either liquid such as shakes and lukewarm (not hot) soups or extremely soft items such as cooked peas and mashed potatoes. These foods require less chewing. This in turn means less movement and trauma for your mouth. Crunchy and sticky foods should be avoided as much as possible. They not only create more work for your injured mouth but the latter is a godsend for cavity causing bacteria.
Floss and Brush Gently
As soon as you can, begin brushing and even flossing after your procedure. Do so as gently as you possibly can. Regular brushing and flossing may be too much for your tender tissues and stitches to handle. Swelling might prevent you from doing both right away. If you are unable to brush your teeth effectively, do the best job you can and rinse your mouth with water fairly often.
Although recovering after an oral procedure can put a damper on your daily life, this episode can be an extremely short and smooth one should you opt to make it so. The tips mentioned above will go a long way in ensuring the shortest and easiest recovery period possible.
Sources: Elm Street Dental