Tips and Tricks to Help You Recover Faster from Oral Surgery

You are in the best of hands when you have your oral surgery handled by experts like ours here at San Jose Oral Surgery.

With every procedure, there is going to be a recovery timeline you have to navigate – but armed with the recovery tips and tricks we highlight below you’ll be able to speed things up significantly (and eliminate pain almost completely).

Get Plenty of Sleep

One of the key aspects of your recovery process is to make sure that you get as much sleep and rest as possible, following your procedure.

Immediately following your surgery you will feel a little sleepy. It’s a great idea to sleep as much as possible for the first 24 hours afterward. It’s equally as important to continue getting plenty of rest in the days following your surgery, especially when you start to feel like you’ve already rested enough.

Take things easy for the first week or so and you’ll find your recovery will go much smoother.

Be Smart with Your Food Choices

You’ll want to make soft, cool foods the staple of your post-surgery/recovery diet – eat lots of applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and other foods with a smooth consistency. Try to keep your foods as simple and as straightforward as possible to accidentally hurting your incision. Avoid sucking anything through a straw, especially if you had an extraction.

The last thing you want to do is exacerbate the surgical area and have to go back under, stretching out your recovery timeline even longer.

(Gently) Clean Your Teeth

The experts here at San Jose Oral Surgery recommend that you avoid brushing and flossing your teeth (or even gently rinsing your mouth) within the first  24 to 48 hours following your surgical procedure. After that, you can start gently swishing lukewarm saltwater throughout your mouth for a couple of days. You can begin gently brushing and flossing your teeth again about a week after your procedure.

Manage Pain

Depending on the procedure you receive here at San Jose Oral Surgery, you may be provided with a prescription for pain management drugs. This prescription will only last a couple of days, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you are taking advantage of ice packs, OTC medications, and getting plenty of rest – all of which will help you minimize post-surgery pain as much as possible.

For more information about how to recover faster from oral surgery reach out to us here at San Jose Oral Surgery when you have a chance.

 

FAQ

How long will it take for my mouth to fully heal?

It’s impossible to know exactly how long it’s going to take your body to heal after oral surgery, but these kinds of procedures typically heal quite quickly (especially compared to other areas of your body). Expect to feel like your normal self in about a week to 10 days. You should feel almost good as new in two or three weeks.

When can I get back to my normal daily routine?

You shouldn’t have to worry about too much downtime following oral surgery, but you will want to avoid strenuous physical activity, exercise, and “nonapproved” foods for at least 4-5 days. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will be able to help you with a more specific timeline regarding your specific situation.

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