|Oral Surgery Recovery |
|Oral Surgery Recovery | Cosmetic Dentistry|
There are some things to watch for when recovering from oral surgery. These items will be listed in the recovery packet that the dentist or oral surgeon will provide for you once you are discharged from the operating suite and facility.
It is very important that one follows the instructions listed on the recovery sheet to the letter and asks any questions that may present themselves both before leaving and once you have left the office.
It is better to ask these questions than hinder the oral surgery recovery process. It is also important to report any of the conditions that you are told to watch for immediately.
One of the most common and concerning side effects to oral surgery is bleeding. It is not uncommon for patients who are in the midst of oral surgery recovery to experience a small amount of oral bleeding from the surgical site. If this occurs, a small piece of gauze can be applied to the site to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped, remove the gauze should be removed. This process can be made easier by sipping a small amount of water, as the gauze can make the mouth dry. If the bleeding is extensive, constant, or if the surgical site appears or feels to have opened up, immediately call the dental office as this may require re-stitching.
Pain is another common side effect to oral surgery. This is often controlled through the use of pain pills, although topical numbing agents can be used in some situations. If the pain is not being properly controlled by the medication that is prescribed by the dentist, be sure to call the dental office. There have been many studies that show that patients who are in pain heal slower than patients who have their pain properly managed. If the pain is extreme, the dentist should be immediately informed of this as it may be a symptom of an unexpected problem with the surgery or something may have moved out of place, depending upon the surgery.
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