Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
There are many things that can lead to the need for oral surgery including receding gums, root canals, tooth removal, and even a jaw injury. Knowing what to expect beforehand can help to make the experience less stressful.
Anesthesia for oral surgery
While occasionally a dental surgery requires full sedation with a general anesthetic, it is often easily done with local anesthesia only. This has a faster rebound time as the effects are limited to the area of the surgery and wear off after a short period of time.
It also has fewer possible side-effects and is a lower risk then a general anesthetic surgery. While both are generally safe, a short dental surgery should have a shorter recovery time than many other surgeries. The extent and invasiveness of the surgery will affect the recovery time and any pain that is felt afterwards.
Antibiotics for oral surgery
There will be some discomfort after any oral surgery. The site should be monitored for signs of infection and all antibiotics and pain relievers should be taken as directed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Dental implants may require more then one visit, once for the implant and another for the crown, and after-care instructions should be followed each time.
Rest and exercise after oral surgery
It is recommended to sleep propped up with pillows the first night or two after an oral surgery to help slow or stop any remaining bleeding and help with the healing process. An ice pack can be applied to the face in the area of the surgery for 15 minutes at a time to ease pain and swelling.
You will be provided with after-care instructions to follow. Bending should be limited, as well as no heavy lifting and no exercise for a few days after the surgery. Alcohol should also be avoided after oral surgery, and soft foods are suggested for a few days to allow for some healing before returning to a regular diet.
Pain after oral surgery
After any oral surgery there is likely to be swelling and some pain, though the extent of either will vary based upon what procedure was completed. When having a tooth extracted there will be directions regarding the gauze and when and how to rinse after the procedure, as well as how to avoid infections.
Often it will be treated with antibiotics as well. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions both before and after the surgery, and plan some days of rest to fully recuperate and allow the healing to begin before returning to normal activities and a regular diet.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
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