Homecare Guidelines After Oral Surgery

September 23, 2014

 

 

During the first 24 hours after your oral surgery, it is important to know the DO'S and DON'TS in your normal routine. At Advanced DDS, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with the proper knowledge of what is to be expected before and after their oral surgery. Each patient is given verbal and written instructions for the proper home care guidelines. However, just in case you forgot or have misplaced your instructions for what to do after your oral surgery here it is:

DON'TS AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

- Don't spit, and don't suck on candies or through a straw

- Don't rinse your mouth, and don't brush or floss next to the site

- Don't smoke or use tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows healing

- Don't drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks, and avoid hot or spicy foods

- Limit yourself to calm activities and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down since this will reduce bleeding

DO'S AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

Use an ice bag over the area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to keep the swelling down

- Drink a lot of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods on the opposite side of the site once the numbness has worn off completely

- You can take pain medication after the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended by the dentist to help control any discomfort

TRY THIS RECIPE FOR YOUR LUNCH/DINNER AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

Ratatouille Soup Recipe by Kelsey Nixon

INGREDIENTS:

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 yellow onion, diced

- 1 small eggplant, diced

- 1 small yellow squash, diced

- 1 small zucchini, diced

- Kosher salt & cracked black pepper

- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish

- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heath. Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, yellow squash and zucchini, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 5 more minutes. Stir in the basil and cook 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes (with their juices) and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Remove from the heat and cool in refrigerator. Garnish with chopped basil.

WHEN TO CALL YOUR DENTIST

Remember it is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after your oral surgery, but call your dentist right away if you experience the following conditions:

- Heavy or increased bleeding

- Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two or three days

- A bad taste or odor in your mouth

- A reaction to the medication

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