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Post-Operation Dental Care

Some discomfort, stiffness, swelling, and bleeding is normal after a dental procedure. Thus, it is helpful for the patient to be observed by a family member or other adult the day of the dental operation.

Whether you care for yourself or have someone else care for you, post-operative care is fundamental following an oral operation. In fact, recovery may take longer if this care is overlooked.

Aid with Stiffness and Swelling After a Dental Operation:

Stiffness and swelling are particularly common after a dental operation. This may increase the first two days before beginning to subside. The use of heat or ice can help.

  • Ice: A patient may consider using ice for the first 12 to 20 hours after the procedure. Apply to the cheeks for approximately 20 minutes at a nice. After this time period, remove it for 20 minutes before reapplying the ice.
  • Heat: One can relieve stiffness and swelling by applying heat to the jaws on the second and third days after the operation.

Gentle stretching exercises starting the day after the operation and chewing gum at intervals may also relieve stiffness and swelling.

24 Hours After the Dental Operation:

  • Keep in might that the gauze pad given after the operation functions as a vital safeguard. Thus, leave it in place for about two to three hours while applying mild pressure. The patient may expect some oozing. In case there’s excessive bleeding, apply clean gauze directly on the surgical spot. Hold with firm pressure for about an hour until the bleeding slows or stops. In case the bleeding continues, seek advice from a dental office or emergency room.
  • A light diet is advised for 24 hours after the surgery. Shakes, soups, yogurt, jello, pudding, and oatmeal are excellent options. The next day, a more regular diet may be begun if the patient doesn’t feel significant pain while chewing.
  • For the first 24 hours, activities should only be minimal. Discontinue smoking for at least three days. Rest quietly with head elevated. It is not advisable to return to normal activities or work right away.

More Tips Post-Dental Operation:

  • Depending on the operation, the face may be discolored for three to five days after the operation. In case this takes place, there is typically no need to worry.
  • The lower teeth’s roots are adjacent to the lower jaw’s nerves. So, when the tooth is pulled out, the nerve may be a bit upset. Thus, this may result in numbness of the lower lip, chin, and lower teeth near the operation’s location. Nobody can identify how long this will remain. However, this is rarely permanent.
  • If there’s excessive bleeding, fever, difficulty breathing, or other worrisome symptoms after the operation, the patient must contact the dental clinic at once or head to the emergency room.
  • Oral hygiene is still critical post-operation. However, tooth brushing, spitting, and rinsing must be avoided on the day of operation. Beginning on the day after the operation, mild but frequent rinsing with warm salt water is advisable. Consider that good oral hygiene is crucial to natural wound healing.
  • If necessary, the patient will be given a prescription for pain medication. Always follow the directions; don’t take more than what is safe. Pain is normal and may even be severe a few hours after the surgical procedure. The prescription should be begun about one to two hours after the operation and continued as prescribed.

Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

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