Oral surgery can help you deal with severe dental diseases and conditions such as a serious injury or misalignment of the jaw. After undergoing this procedure, your focus should be on recovery and making sure that the teeth and other tissues are free from trauma and infection. If you've just undergone an oral surgery, here are some of the things that you need to do for a speedy recovery.
Control the Bleeding
Slight bleeding after an oral surgery is perfectly normal. However, you should control the blood flow and ensure that you keep the blood loss as low as possible. In most cases, the dentist will give you a few gauzes to help you deal with the bleeding. You should bite the gauze firmly but gently over the bleeding area for an hour. Keep in mind that the gauze might stick to the affected area and cause more trauma. To prevent this, moisturise it with clean water before placing it over the affected area The pressure will help regulate blood flow. If the gauze isn't working, replace it with a moist tea bag. Tea bags contain tannic acid, which also helps to regulate blood flow. Contact your dentist immediately if the bleeding continues despite you pressurising the area.
Pain and Swelling
Pain and swelling are also normal after various kinds of surgery, and oral surgery is no exception. Your dentist will prescribe some pain management medication to help you deal with the pain. Take them according to the instructions issued to you and consult your dentist before you take any other pain medication bought over-the-counter. This will help you prevent allergic reactions and other complications resulting from incompatibility with other drugs used during the procedure.
You should also anticipate some swelling and stiffness of the muscles especially within the first 24 hours after the surgical procedure. To deal with this, press a pack of ice gently against your face over the swollen area to relax the muscles and keep the swelling in check. The cold ice also leads to a numb feeling that helps to manage pain.
Cleaning After the Oral Surgery
Preferably, you should restrain from rinsing and spitting vigorously for at least one day after the surgery. This ensures that blood clots and forms a natural protective cover over the area affected area. Thereafter, you can brush and floss gently if you are able to open your mouth wide. Keeping the area clean is important for rapid healing.Share
3 October 2016
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.