The Do’s and Don’ts of Post Oral Surgery

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If you are suffering from various problems including oral cancer, facial injury, bad bite (underbite, overbite and crossbite), oral cysts, pain in wisdom teeth, missing teeth and overcrowding of teeth, then a dentist or orthodontist may recommend you to do oralsurgery to get rid of these problems as soon as possible.

Generally, dentists can do minor surgeries such as tooth extractions, dental implants and cyst removals but if you need to do major surgeries such as facial reconstruction, misalignment of jawbones, oral cancer, then you should consult with a professional maxillofacial surgeon.

Here, we have discussed what you should do and what you should not do after the oral surgery.

What You Should Do?

You should maintain proper oral hygiene after oral surgery so that you can avoid bacterial infection in the wounds. Your surgeon gives you a guideline and you should follow it without hurting yourself. When you follow the rules, you should not affect the healing time by overdoing it. For instance, if your surgeon recommends you avoid brushing for a few days, you should not do it. You may clean them with gauze to avoid any bacterial infections.

The surgeon also recommends you follow a dietary plan. You should avoid certain types of food and drink because they can increase the healing process. You should avoid foods like spicy foods, hot drinks, citrus fruits, tomatoes and soft drinks, etc. you should eat liquid and semi-liquid food so that your stitches do not open while biting and chewing.

What You Should Not Do?

You should not eat food for the next 24 hours after the oral surgery. If you are a smoker then you have to quit smoking for a certain period of time. If you do the surgery to remove oral cancer, then smoking may be a dangerous step towards cancer. You should avoid the operation area and do not use cleaning liquid to the area at any cost. You should consult with the specialist before taking any action regarding maintaining oral hygiene. You should avoid eating solid food so that you do not have to put pressure on the particular area.

Call for Professionals

If you are suffering from oral pain for a long period of time, then you should consult with a specialist in Oral & Facial Surgery of Oklahoma. They provide various services including dental implants, bone grafting, jaw surgery and oral pathology in OKC. Talk to Dr Wooten by visiting our office.