Recovering From Your Recent Oral Surgery

rohnert park oral surgeryOur team wants to make sure you or your family member are ready for the healing process. Your actions in the first day or two following your procedure could have a major impact on how quickly and effectively everything heals. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons talk about recovering from oral surgery.

Heading Home

When your procedure ends, a friend or family member bring you home, as the sedation will take time to wear off completely, and you may feel a bit groggy. You should rest for the first 24 hours, avoid driving, work, and activity. You may experience minor swelling and discomfort, or even a little discoloration in the skin. Using a cold compress for the first 24 hours will ease swelling. You can also use a warm washcloth to help with opening and closing your mouth. Take any prescribed medications as instructed, as this can help with healing and easing discomfort. Follow any instructions we provide to help prevent complications.

The First Day or Two

For the first few days, we will likely recommend drinking plenty of liquids and eating only soft foods. Take care when you brush and floss, and avoid poking the treated area with our tongue. The area will likely need to clot as part of the healing process. Avoid chewy or sticky foods, and tobacco use too, as this can interrupt the healing process. If you wear dentures, you may need to avoid them for a day or two. We will be available if you need to call with any questions or concerns.

Follow-Up Visits

Our team will likely schedule a follow-up visit in the first few days to make sure everything is healing, or to remove sutures. We can also discuss the next steps if you’re continuing treatment with a general dentist or orthodontist or with our team. For example, if your procedure is the first step in receiving dental implants. You will never be left on the dark, and we will be on hand to help you should persistent pain or other complications rise. If you have any questions about your oral surgery or about the recovery process, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help smiles in our community thrive, maintaining full, healthy, and beautiful.

Do You Have Questions About Your Recovery?

Our team wants you to have the information necessary to ensure a short and effective healing period. We will always provide detail instructions, as each procedure carries with it unique instructions for the healing and aftercare processes. If you would like to learn more about the healing and aftercare process, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.