Are you scheduled for oral surgery soon? Most oral surgeries are outpatient procedures, so you’ll likely be home within a few hours. However, you’ll need to take precautions to facilitate healing and also reduce the odds of complications or failure. A Midtown Miami, FL dentist offers advice on recuperating below.
We know, many people are very busy and active these days, and some folks just don’t like to be idle. However, this is one time when you really do need to take care of yourself. Don’t plan to do anything after your appointment other than hold the couch down and binge watch whatever’s in your Netflix queue. Don’t work out or lift anything heavy.
Stick with soft foods for a few days. Go ahead and indulge yourself with some ice cream! However, don’t overindulge that sweet tooth. Your body needs nutrients to heal. Stock up on healthy soups and smoothies. You may find that cold foods, like yogurt, applesauce, and hummus feel soothing. Taking vitamins will also help ensure that your body has the nutrition it needs. Don’t forget to drink water! (Tip: mint water is your friend.)
When you’re relaxing or ready for bed, make sure you have plenty of pillows. You’ll need to keep your head elevated.
The exact aftercare instructions will vary depending on what procedure you had. You may be instructed not to brush or use mouthwash for a few days. Or, you may be directed to brush, but avoid the surgical site. Your surgeon may also recommend rinsing with salt water and/or a special mouthwash. Whatever the instructions are, follow them to the letter. Pay particular attention to directions for taking pain meds!
You may have swelling after surgery. Your surgeon will likely advise icing your face for about 15 minutes at a time. Have several cold packs ready. You can also freeze and refreeze small bottles of water. Frozen peas work well for th
Watch The Don’ts
Your aftercare instructions will also include some ‘Don’ts’. Some things you should avoid are smoking, drinking alcohol, using straws, and eating hard, crunchy foods. Pay attention to these as well. Remember, it’s always best to err on the side of caution!
Do you need dental work done? Are you looking for a brighter smile? Call us, your Midtown Miami, FL dental clinic, anytime.