Precautionary Measures to Follow After Dental Surgery

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  1. Like any other surgery, dental surgery can be painful. Hence, you will need to alter your routine and manage pain in order to cope with the discomfort after surgery. With that said, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to make the process of recovery pain-free.
  2. Have proper rest

  3. Resting is the important part of recovery process. After the dental surgery, you will need to make sure that you are staying away from all of the stresses, both the physical and mental. This is the reason that dentists tend to give extra dose of anesthesia because they don’t want the patient to be in a discomfort due to pain immediately after the surgery. Furthermore, they may prescribe some relaxants which may cause drowsiness. Make sure you are taking proper dosages of those medicines.
  4. The ice packs

  5. Swelling in the cheeks and gums may be inevitable after the surgery. Although, you can ignore this part by considering it the natural process, nobody likes feeling consistent pain. So, if you want to get rid of the pain or take a break for some time from it, you can use ice packs on the part of cheeks under which surgery was performed. This application of ice packs will give you relief from pain and swelling.
  6. Oral cleaning

  7. You would never want your teeth and gums to get infected after the surgery. The teeth and gums are more prone to infections especially when they are exposed to germs after surgery. There would be surgery wounds which take some time to heal. During that time, any exposure to germs can develop severe infections which can further lead to serious oral illnesses.
  8. Replace gauze

  9. After the surgery, there is some time required for the bleeding to stop in the area where surgery would be performed. Limiting that bleeding is necessary because it may be an open wound. For that purpose, the dentist would ask you to keep the gauze applied. You can stay in contact with the dentist to know when and how to replace the gauze. Replacing the gauze after some time would help you to avoid infections.
  10. Softer foods

  11. One of the most important things that you will need to take care of is regarding the foods you eat after surgery. After surgery, the teeth and gums would not be in a position to bear the pressure even at the smaller extent. So, you will need to make sure that you are eating softer foods. It is more about avoiding the hard, cold and hot foods than eating the soft foods. Furthermore, you will need to completely quit smoking and alcohol consumption during that time of healing after surgery.
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  13. Besides following these instructions, you will need to keep visiting the dentist’s office or you need to at least stay in contact. That will help you to avoid any more complications.
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