Oral surgery can sometimes feel like a daunting experience. Whether you’ve had a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or any other oral surgical procedure, managing pain and promoting a smooth recovery is crucial. Please follow our post surgical instruction sheet and incorporate the following six tips into your recovery plan to accelerate healing.
1-Ice Packs and Cold Compresses
One of the simplest yet effective ways to reduce post-surgical swelling and discomfort is by using ice packs or cold compresses in the first 24-48 hrs. You can apply an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, with breaks in between. This helps constrict blood vessels, effectively bringing down inflammation, while numbing any pain. Important: do not apply ice directly to the skin to prevent frostbite.
2-Pain Medication and Antibiotics
It is essential that you comply with the prescribed medications our oral surgeons prescribe to manage pain and prevent infection. In certain cases, our oral surgeons use PRF (Platelet-Rich Fibrin) and EXPAREL to promote healing and manage post-operative pain.
L-PRF™ platelet therapy is derived from your own blood and contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors, which accelerate tissue repair and reduce inflammation. When applied to your surgical site, PRF enhances blood clot formation and promotes faster, more efficient healing.
-EXPAREL is a long-lasting local anesthetic that provides extended pain relief, often up to three days, reducing the need for opioids. Together, PRF and EXPAREL help you experience minimal discomfort along with a swift return to normalcy.
3-Stay Hydrated and Eat Soft Foods
Proper nutrition is vital for healing, but it’s essential to choose soft, easy-to-chew foods in the days following oral surgery to protect your surgical wounds. Opt for foods like yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, and soups that are gentle on your surgical site. Staying hydrated is equally important, as it aids in the healing process and helps prevent complications. Important: Avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that could irritate the surgical area.
4-Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene
Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is critical to preventing infection and promoting healing after oral surgery. Our oral surgeons will provide specific instructions, which may include gentle rinsing with warm salt water or other rinses and avoiding rigorous brushing or flossing near the surgical site for the initial days. It is crucial that you follow these instructions diligently to ensure a clean and infection-free environment for healing.
5-Mindful Rest and Relaxation
Healing after oral surgery requires adequate rest and relaxation. Keep your head elevated – in bed or a recliner – for a few days after oral surgery. Avoid strenuous activities, smoking, and alcohol consumption during the initial recovery phase, as these can impede your healing process and increase your risk of complications. Prioritize quality sleep, practice deep breathing techniques, and engage in relaxing activities that help reduce stress, such as meditation or listening to soothing music.
6-Heat & Massage with Gentle Jaw Exercises
Depending on the type of oral surgery you’ve undergone, gentle jaw exercises may be recommended to maintain flexibility and prevent stiffness after the fifth day of oral surgery. By incorporating heat and massage, along with gentle jaw-opening stretches, you can alleviate discomfort and promote faster recovery. These exercises help improve your blood circulation, reduce swelling, and enhance your recovery. Always consult our surgeon before starting any exercise routine, and perform them cautiously to avoid strain.
Safe and Happy Healing
The good news is, your oral surgery recovery can be a smoother and less painful experience when you incorporate these complementary tips into your post-operative care routine. Remember to consult our team for personalized advice and closely follow our instructions to ensure a successful and comfortable recovery. By prioritizing your oral health and well-being, you can look forward to a quicker return to your normal routine and a healthier, pain-free smile!