Posted on 1/20/2020 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
|There are many types of oral surgery that can take place that seem minor, you might even drive yourself to and from the surgery.
Just because it seems minor doesn't mean you don't need to take certain precautions to avoid complications. There are some things that are just fine to do, other things that can bring about drastic problems.
Things You Can Do After Surgery
Using ice throughout your face to help with your swelling is just fine. Just always remember to never put it in your mouth, it's very easy to accidently bite it or jam it into a direction it shouldn't go. Take your pain medication before the pain quite hits you, waiting until you feel it may be too late. If you have had surgery and medication has been prescribed, taking it before the surgery medication wears off is okay.
Unless told otherwise, drinking something and eating soft foods the first 24-48 hours is the normal routine. Eat healthy foods and maintain your oral care routine. There are some surgery's that may require a short break, but keeping your mouth clean will always help.
What You Need to Avoid After Surgery
First and foremost, follow discharge instructions. They aren't suggestions, they are instructions for a quick and healthy recovery. Rest and recovery are key, stay away from the gym and working out. Raising your blood pressure increases the risk of opening up areas that have clotted from bleeding. Stay away from hot food and drinks if any part of your mouth is still numb, you can easily burn yourself. Avoid sharp or crunchy foods as well, you can poke areas you may not feel or healing wounds can be reopened.
Avoid smoking for as long as possible, at a minimum for the first 48 hours. Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours. It will help you heal faster as well as avoid any issues with the medications the day of the surgery.
If you have just had surgery and anything is unclear, call your doctor. Using social media and the internet is never the best plan because everyone's situations are different.