Tips for Recovery After Oral Surgery

Looking up into 3 dentists performing oral surgery while wearing turquoise scrubs and holding dental tools and masks

If you’ve been told you need oral surgery, you may be wondering what the recovery will be like. Whether you’re getting your wisdom teeth extracted or having a different procedure, you can rest assured that our team will take care of you every step of the way. To help ensure you have a smooth recovery, we want to share four tips for recovering after oral surgery.

1. Follow Our Post-Operative Instructions

Before and after your oral surgery, our team will go over instructions for your recovery and send you home with a copy. To ensure a speedy recovery without any complications, closely follow our instructions. If you’re in doubt about anything, just give us a call!

2. Get Plenty of Rest

It’s critical to avoid strenuous physical activity after your oral surgery. But chances are you won’t feel up to doing much anyway. In fact, resting is one of the best things you can do for your body as it recovers. Spend your time on relaxing activities, like reading a book, writing in your journal, or watching a good show. Not only does resting allow your body to devote its precious energy to helping you recover, it also avoids the possibility that you bump or jostle your extraction site.

3. Stick to Soft Foods

While you recover from oral surgery, you should stick to nutritious soft foods to avoid irritating your surgical site. Foods such as pureed soups, mashed sweet potatoes, beans, applesauce, yogurt, and smoothies are great options that will satisfy your hunger without irritating your mouth.

4. No Straws for No Problems

Believe it or not, straws are one of the most common causes for complications after oral surgery. After surgery, your body begins healing by forming blood clots over your extraction sites in order to protect the delicate tissue and bone below. The suction from a straw can dislodge these blood clots, leading to a painful complication called dry sockets.

Follow these tips after your oral sugery and you’ll be feeling better before you know it. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!