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After minor oral surgery or extraction
Minor oral surgery generally involves the incision or extraction of buccal tissues as well as the removal of diseased cells. Procedures such as implant placement, correction of a jaw disorder, or palate surgery are also considered as simple oral procedures.
To speed up the healing process, we strongly suggest following the recommendations outlined below.
However, it is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after surgery.
On the day of the surgery
- Apply firm pressure on the compresses and keep them in your mouth for about an hour or two. Change the compresses every 20 to 30 minutes, as needed.
- Put some ice on the affected area at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice per hour).
- In case of bleeding, bite down on some gauze or a slightly dampened tea bag for about 20 minutes.
On the day of the surgery, elevate your head when resting or sleeping. You may notice a reddish tint in your saliva up to 24 hours after the operation.
From the day after surgery until healing is complete
Rinse your mouth three times a day with a mixture of warm water and salt (1/2 tsp. of salt in 1 cup of water)
Things to avoid in the first 48 hours
- Do not rinse your mouth or spit
- Do not drink through a straw
- Do not smoke
- Do not eat or drink hot food and beverages; choose cool, soft foods instead
- Do not engage in vigorous activities
- Do not drink alcohol
Pain, infection and other
After surgery, medications are usually prescribed to alleviate discomfort and pain. Most of the time, we suggest acetaminophen to control the pain (Tylenol, Atasol), ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation (Advil, Motrin), or codeine-based narcotic painkillers.
- Pain is typically felt within the first 24 to 72 hours after the procedure.
- Bruises may appear on your skin. They will gradually disappear in five to seven days.
- You may have difficulty opening your mouth. This discomfort will go away in four to five days.
Antibiotics are intended to prevent or treat an infection. They must be taken throughout the prescription period, even in the absence of symptoms, as indicated by the pharmacist. You will recognize the infection by the manifestation of the following signs, approximately 3 to 5 days after the surgery:
- Firm and painful swelling in the cheek
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- The flow of pus or a bad taste in the oral cavity
You should be feeling better and able to resume normal activities within a few days. If you experience pain, excessive bleeding, swelling that lasts two to three days, or a reaction to the prescribed medication, please call us right away.