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How Long Is Recovery After Oral Surgery?

October 31, 2022 9:30 pm
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In most cases, Dr. Rigby and our team will try to save a natural tooth and do all we can to prevent the need for oral surgery. However, oral surgery may be necessary in some circumstances when a tooth is beyond repair, when it is causing or could cause problems for your oral health, or you need an implant placed to replace a missing tooth. This can apply to: teeth with large cavities; severely broken teeth; teeth that have been pushed back into the jaw; and wisdom teeth that are impacted, crooked, or infected.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Oral Surgery?

In general, the length of time it takes to recover from oral surgery depends on the extent of the surgery, the health of the patient, and whether the patient follows their recovery instructions. Most patients will need to take it easy for 48-72 hours after surgery but should start feeling better soon afterward. It’s best to avoid vigorous physical activity, particularly bending and lifting, for up to a week afterward.

What Should I Do When Recovering from Oral Surgery?

For a smooth recovery, following our post-op instructions is key. For the first few days after oral surgery, sleep elevated with an extra pillow. Use cold compresses to reduce swelling. Avoid seedy, hard, and crunchy foods that can irritate the surgical site. Eat soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Gently brush and floss, and avoid rinsing and spitting for several days. Do not use tobacco products. These steps will allow a healthful blood clot to form in the surgical site and prevent painful dry socket. The clot will gradually be absorbed by your body as the gum tissue heals.

To ask our team any questions about your upcoming oral surgery, please contact us today!

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