Do you have an upcoming oral surgery? If so, you might be wondering how you can minimize discomfort. Our oral surgeons will send a take-home packet of instructions after receiving dental implants, bone grafting, wisdom teeth extractions, jaw surgery, and other treatments for facial trauma. These take-home packets include valuable information on what you should eat, tips for reducing post-operative discomfort, and answers to common questions.
Following are tips for minimizing discomfort after oral surgery.
Take Recommended Medication as Directed
If you received surgical treatment of some kind, your oral surgeon will likely prescribe pain relieving drugs or recommend over-the-counter medication to control discomfort. You should follow your surgeon’s recommendations and take your medication(s) exactly as directed.
Waiting too long between recommended doses or not taking the full amount of medication that is prescribed can increase discomfort.
Use Cold Compresses
All types of oral and maxillofacial surgery cause swelling and trauma to tissue, albeit at varying degrees. Swelling and trauma contributes to discomfort.
One way to mitigate pain is to use cold compresses to control swelling. More than likely, your surgeon will recommend that you use cold compresses the day of and the day after your treatment. This easy home remedy can make a substantial difference in your comfort levels after your procedure.
Follow Dietary Restrictions
Most patients will be asked to refrain from chewy and hard foods following treatment. Instead, they will be asked to adopt a liquid and/or a soft diet for a few days after their surgery. Liquid and soft foods help reduce irritation to surgical sites and discomfort related to impaired oral function.
Receive Enough Rest
Rest is an integral part of the healing process after surgery. Our bodies go into overdrive to repair tissue after procedures. Receiving enough rest and minimizing physical activity can help your body heal as fast as possible. Think of your downtime after surgery as a great chance to catch up on sleep and your favorite television shows.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgery practice offers dental implantation services, bone grafting procedures, wisdom teeth extractions, jaw surgery, and treatment for facial trauma. Call Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to reserve a consultation with our team.