Dental surgery is not always pleasant, but it is always essential for a better quality of life!
Naturally, there are a few things you can do after surgery in order to make your experience more comfortable and ensure a quick and safe recovery.
In this article, we have a look at some instructions to follow after your dental surgery.
What you should do after dental surgery
After a dental surgery such as tooth extraction or placing dental implants, it is important to follow your surgeon’s advice and instructions in order to prevent infections and limit post-operative pain.
In most cases, your dentist will give you the following instructions.
Tips to manage bleeding
In the 24 hours following your dental surgery, it is normal for you to experience moderate bleeding. This can be managed by squeezing a gauze pad between your teeth and over the affected area. Hold it in place for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
If the bleeding still persists, you can take a tea bag soaked in cold water and bite on it for 20 to 30 minutes.
How can I reduce swelling and relieve pain?
For the first 48 hours, you may apply an ice pack to your cheek at 10 to 15 minute intervals to reduce the swelling that results from your surgery. This may also help relieve pain.
However, if the pain is too severe, it is important to take the medication your dentist has prescribed.
Take good care of your oral hygiene
Instructions concerning oral hygiene after dental surgery are specific. First, when brushing your teeth, avoid going over the affected area for the first 72 hours after the procedure. In addition, you will need to rinse your mouth regularly with warm salt water, about 3 to 4 times a day.
Behaviours to be avoided after dental surgery
There are also several behaviours to avoid following dental surgery. Here are some of them:
- Do not eat food that is too hot, hard or spicy. Eat foods that are cold, soft and rich in vitamins A and C.
- Do not engage in strenuous physical activity. Give your body time to recover
- Do not use a straw to eat or drink as suction can prevent the clot from forming, which is necessary for your recovery.
- Do not smoke after the operation. Smoking can slow healing and cause infections.
You can trust the team at Clinique Dentaire 1935 for any dental surgery
In short, the advice and instructions listed above form the basis for a good recovery from a dental surgery. You should always follow the advice your dentist will provide and refer to them if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery.
At Clinique Dentaire 1935, our team is available to assist you throughout your recovery from oral surgery. You can trust our professionals for a gentle surgical treatment.
Please contact us to learn more about our wide range of dental care!