How Do I Deal with Pain After Oral Surgery?
What Do I Do About Excess Bleeding After Surgery?
Bleeding is normal after oral surgery, especially after an extraction. Following your procedure, you will have gauze pads placed over the surgery site. These pads should remain in place for at least an hour after surgery. If bleeding continues after that point, put more gauze over the area. Make sure you bite down on the gauze to keep the pressure on it. Biting on a tea bag wrapped in gauze can also help encourage blood clots to form, which reduces bleeding.
What About Oral Hygiene?
Keeping your mouth clean is crucial to avoiding infection. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, use the Peridex twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt-water rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least four to five times a day, as well. You can brush your teeth, but be gentle.
What Can I Eat After Oral Surgery?
Depending on your specific surgery, you may be on a liquid-only diet for the first day or two after surgery. Eventually, you will be able to move to a soft food diet, including foods like mashed potatoes and eggs. We encourage you to avoid hot foods and liquids immediately after your procedure. It is important to make sure you eat whenever you take pain medications to avoid nausea.
How to Control Swelling.
Swelling during the first three days after oral surgery is normal. The swelling will usually start 12-24 hours after surgery. It will begin to subside after day three. You can reduce swelling with ice packs and by keeping your head elevated for a couple of days.