The Do's and Don'ts When Recovering from Oral Surgery

The Do's and Don'ts When Recovering from Oral Surgery
Posted on 03/10/2024

At Oubre Orthodontics, we know the challenges new patients face. We go above and beyond to help you feel comfortable during your appointment, even if you need oral surgery. Whether you have a single tooth removed or undergo a more complex procedure, make sure you know what you can and cannot do in the coming days.

What to Do at Home

You should follow the same instructions after minor or major oral surgery. We send you home with details on how to protect your teeth and recover safely. Take things easy for the next few days, which means relaxing at home. Plan to take a few days off work until you feel comfortable. Use ice and over-the-counter medications to alleviate any pain you feel. You'll also want to avoid crunchy or hard foods and stick to simple options like pudding and lukewarm soup. Strenuous activities can dislodge blood clots and cause other problems.

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Blood Clot Warning

Always look for signs of a blood clot forming, too. A blood clot can travel through your body and cause serious complications. It usually goes along with a dry socket. Dry socket is very common and often happens if you smoke or use a straw to drink. Certain activities put too much pressure on the socket and prevent it from healing. Some of the symptoms of a dry socket include intense pain, visible bone in the socket, bad breath, a foul taste in your mouth, and pain that moves around your head. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact an orthodontist in Lafayette as soon as possible.

What Not to Do

The list of things you cannot do after surgery is even longer than the things you can do. Avoid any type of tobacco, especially smoking because this increases your risk of developing a dry socket or a blood clot. We may send you home with antibiotics. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. Follow the full course to give your body time to heal. Do not drink alcohol or use any mouth rinses that contain alcohol because they will impede the healing process. Your orthodontist in Lafayette will also tell you to abstain from eating certain foods. Foods that are very cold or very hot can cause more pain. Many patients find it helpful to eat lukewarm or slightly cool foods.

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Your oral hygiene and health play a big role in your general health. If you have a cracked or broken tooth that needs removing or you think you might need another type of oral surgery, reach out to Oubre Orthodontics. Contact us to schedule your first appointment or a consultation for oral surgery.

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