The Dental Care Center

Post-Oral Surgery Care

November 7, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Peter Suh
Post-Oral Surgery Care | The Dental Care Center

If you find yourself facing oral surgery, you might be concerned about taking care of the site post-surgery. Whether you had oral surgery for placement of dental implants or for tooth extraction, such as wisdom teeth, there are a number of tips you can follow to ensure your post-oral surgery care promotes healing.

If you are facing oral surgery in Van Nuys, you should take the following steps toward a good recover.

What to Do After Oral Surgery

You might experience some tenderness after surgery, but in most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers will be enough to address any discomfort. If your doctor has suggested pain killers, take them as prescribed to stay ahead of the pain.

If you’ve been given antibiotics, take them as prescribed and make sure you finish the course.

Use ice packs to reduce swelling.

Immediately after surgery, if you lie down it’s best to prop your head with pillows to inhibit swelling and bleeding.

Once the bleeding has stopped and you can eat again, stick to liquids and soft foods, such as soups, yogurts, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.

What Not to Do After Oral Surgery

Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after oral surgery as it can delay the healing process.

Avoid hot food or drinks until the numbing wears off. You cannot feel pain while your mouth is numb, and you can easily burn yourself.

Don’t brush or floss teeth at the surgical site until your dentist gives the okay.

Avoid  hard or crunchy foods in the surgical site for six to eight weeks.

Don’t bend over or do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for a few days after surgery.

Don’t take aspirin for pain relief; it can thin the blood and make your mouth bleed.

Try not to smoke after surgery for as long as possible. The sucking motion of smoking can dislodge the blood clots that are forming at the surgery site and this will interfere with the healing process.

Call the Dental Care Center for Post-Surgery Instructions

Give us a call if you are looking at oral surgery in Van Nuys!We can talk about the procedure as well as post-surgery care. In most cases, if you follow instructions, you will heal quickly and without complication.


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