The healing process after oral surgery in our Dayton, OH practice
Undergoing oral surgery at some point is nothing to fear. Under the skilled hands of Dr. Cobb, surgical procedures such as the extraction of wisdom teeth are precisely performed. With adequate preparation for recovery, the healing process can be a stress-free endeavor.
Following oral surgery in our Dayton, OH practice, gum tissue may take up to four weeks to heal fully. For procedures in which bone is modified, the entire healing process can take several months. Even with extended healing times, discomfort should continually subside beginning the day after treatment.
One of the most common oral surgeries is the extraction of a tooth or teeth. Following this procedure, the area treated heals through the formation of a blood clot, which will cover the site of the extraction until it has completely healed. The goal is to facilitate adequate clotting, and to take care not to dislodge the clot once it is in place. The following tips may help you through the recovery process:
- he treatment area will be tender for a day or two following the surgery. Discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. Rather than wait to feel pain, we recommend that pain relievers be taken immediately following a surgical procedure, and continued as directed for a day or two. Speak with Dr. Cobb to determine which type of pain-reliever may be most suitable.
- After undergoing treatment, rest is the best medicine. Adequate rest facilitates the healing process. Exercise should be avoided for the first few days following surgery, as should any bending over or lifting heavy objects.
- Change the dressing every 45 minutes, or as needed to control bleeding. Following oral surgery, it is common for the treated area to bleed a bit. The amount of blood seen on gauze may seem more pronounced due to the mixture of blood and saliva.
- Do not rinse mouth for the first 24 hours following treatment. After the first day, the mouth can be rinsed several times a day with warm salt water, and should be rinsed following any meal or snack, so food particles do not settle into the treated area. Rinsing should be done very carefully and gently.
- Consuming a soft diet for a few days following oral surgery may ease discomfort and facilitate healing.
- In some cases, such as wisdom tooth removal, swelling may occur. To minimize swelling and discomfort, patients can apply ice for 15 minutes at a time (15 on, 15 off); the day teeth have been removed. After 36 hours, the jaw may be treated with moist heat to relieve any soreness.
Surgical procedures performed by your skilled dentist lead to the promotion of oral health. There is no reason to feel anxious about the procedure or the recovery. For more information, contact our office.