How to Ensure a Smooth Oral Surgery Recovery

dca-blog-272-mix-of-leftover-articles_1200x630

Oral surgery is sometimes necessary to place dental implants, repair diseased gum tissue, remove impacted wisdom teeth, or treat bone and jaw disorders. Extensive dental surgery procedures are performed by specialists called oral and maxillofacial surgeons. If you require oral surgery, there are many ways you can make your recovery period easier. Here are a few useful post-surgery tips:

What to Do During Oral Surgery Recovery

  • Rest on the day of your surgery. To reduce the risk of excessive bleeding and swelling, keep your head propped up with pillows.
  • If your oral surgeon does not provide prescription pain medications, take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort. However, avoid using products containing aspirin as these can increase bleeding. Take medications immediately after surgery to prevent pain before it occurs.
  • Apply ice packs intermittently for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling.
  • For the first few days after surgery, stick to soft foods such as yogurt, milkshakes, smoothies, soups, and mashed potatoes.
  • After the first 24 hours, start rinsing your mouth gently with warm salt water. Do this four times per day and after eating. If you are given a prescription mouth rinse, use it as directed.
  • If your surgeon prescribes antibiotics, be sure to take the entire course. Never stop taking them because you feel better.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Foods rich in vitamins C and A support your body’s natural healing process.
  • Obtain contact information for an affordable dentist who is available on weekends in case you need immediate advice or dental care.

What Not to Do During Oral Surgery Recovery

  • Don’t overexert yourself.
  • Never consume hot foods or drinks while your mouth is numb.
  • Do not eat hard, crunchy, or chewy foods.
  • Avoid brushing teeth near the incision site until you are instructed to do so.
  • Don’t consume alcohol for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not smoke or use a straw; the sucking motions can dislodge blood clots that form as part of the healing process.

When to Seek Emergency Dental Care

If you experience fever, excessive blood loss, severe swelling, or intolerable pain, see your oral surgeon immediately. If you cannot reach your surgeon, contact an affordable dentist or an emergency dental care clinic for advice.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Detroit, call Gentle Dental of Michigan today at (855) 979-3393 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Michigan, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Michigan.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everyone that helped me was awesome. Friendly and caring. I would recommend highly. So glad i chose this office.
Jennifer S.
Thank you Mr. Ward, Ms. B and Dr. Patel for giving me my smile back. Seeing my children’s faces light up was priceless.
Yvette P.
Great place
Ayana P.
love love love this dentist …. been many years and this staff is by far the best.. and the new orthodontist is amazing
Joanie S.
Good office hours, good staff.
Jeffrey A.
Nice and friendly place clean no long wait and trustworthy people Dr Duan and her Assistant tawanna are the best
Jamira D.
Jakiya was an amazing assistant, shes also beautiful. Hope to see her every time I have an appointment. Dr Mita was very funny and informative.
Trevon K.
They were respectful and fast service.
Cortez G.
Shanekquah is great! She made me feel very relaxed and calm. Very lovely. Dr. Hanan is real cool. How she speak makes me feel she’s part of the family. For my first visit, this has been a great […]
Christopher S.
Everyone is very attentive
Rose G.
Great service every time I come I’m always happy and satisfied
Crystal J.
I love this place!
L. R.
Best dental experience ever
Dante P.
My dental assistant Jakiya was very professional with a Beautiful smile.
James B.
I didn’t think I could do much with how bad my teeth have become but I am slowly getting better. They have even helped with getting me the best cost with my insurance.
Mark B.
Wonderful Staff💯💯 Highly recommend them!
Vicki A.
Wow Dr. Duan…Totally hooked me up on care and price. Fixed a tooth I thought was going to involve way more work and money! Thank you Gentle Dental!!
Heidi B.
The dentist and staff are great, very friendly people who love what they do. I never feel pain and I’m happy with the outcome everytime.
Ronesha W.
Got to get my cleaning done on day 1!
Brandy N.
5 stars all the way. Office was clean. Staff was amazing, very kind and helpful. Answered all my questions. I would recommended this place to anyone. Very impressed with the office and staff
Natasha B.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here