Oral surgery is one of the dental procedures you are most likely to receive if you have impacted or missing teeth, unequal jaw growth, or if you are suffering from a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder. This procedure requires not only the expertise of the dentist, but also cooperation of the patient when it comes to aftercare procedures. Below are some of the oral surgery aftercare dos and don’ts according to Myrtle Beach dentists at Carolina Dental Center.
Do take it easy for the rest of the day after the surgery
It is likely that your dentist will remind you to take it easy for the rest of the day after the surgery. Take time off from work and other strenuous activities such as exercise and contact sports. You may not be allowed to drive after the surgery, so you must have someone who can drive you home with you.
Don’t take medications that are not prescribed by your dentist
Dentists usually prescribe painkillers such as ibuprofen or ketoprofen to help patients cope with the pain after the effect of anesthesia wears off. If you are suffering from asthma, ask your dentist or healthcare provider for an alternative. You may also request for medications with higher dosage if you need to and make sure you take these medications with precaution.
Do stick to a liquid or soft diet for the first day or two
Aside from medications, your dentist is also likely to remind you to stick to a liquid or at least soft diet for the first day or two after the procedure. Examples of foods you can eat include soups, yoghurts, fruit milkshakes, smoothies, and mashed potatoes. Your Myrtle Beach dentist will also tell you to avoid hot and spicy foods to prevent burns and irritations that can prolong the healing period.
Don’t smoke for as long as possible
Experts at Carolina Dental Center recommend cutting down on smoking to speed up the recovery process. Smoking is one of those factors that can affect healing of oral tissues and can also cause blood clot displacement as you suck on the cigarette.
Do know how to control any bleeding
It is normal to cover the surgical area with a gauze pad to prevent bleeding and to prevent food particles from contaminating it, as well. Before leaving the dental office, make sure your dentist has instructed you how to control bleeding on your own. Most dentists Myrtle Beach residents can count on will give you a pack of gauze you can take home, so you can replace the dressing from time to time.