When it’s time for dental surgery, there are lots of things your dental professional will do to ensure that your procedure not only goes off without a hitch but is as pain-free as possible. We’ve come a long way from those very painful surgeries with state-of-the-art technology and improved patient care.
But what happens after you leave the dental chair? You are essentially on your own to make yourself comfortable. Here are some tips for a successful recovery process:
- Relax. Surgery is stressful. Take the time you need to heal properly to avoid complications.
- Follow instructions. Whether it be to avoid brushing the sensitive area or using a saltwater rinse, listen to the advice given to prevent infection.
- Add ice. You may have swelling or bruising after your procedure. If this is the case, apply an ice pack for 30 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours. If it continues, contact your dental professional.
- Use gauze. Bleeding is likely after surgery. Biting on gauze will help.
- You’re on clot patrol. Blood clots are healing your wounds. Avoid spitting, straws, alcoholic or carbonated beverages and smoking for at least 3 days afterwards.
- Watch your diet. We know that soft foods are best when our mouth is tender, but cool foods are also quite soothing.
- Pain meds. Pain management is important. Maintain this with over-the-counter meds like acetaminophen for the next couple days as the pain subsides.
- Be aware. Take note of anything like infection, fever or swelling. If it lasts more than a couple of days, you may need to give a call to your dentist for advice.
- Follow up. If a follow up appointment is necessary, don’t dodge it. As we said before, follow your dentist’s instructions to ensure a speedy recovery.
Schedule your appointment today. Call Dr. Doumit in Ottawa, Ontario at 613-232-8000 or visit www.urbandentalcentre.com.
Dr. Katia Doumit proudly serves Ottawa and all surrounding areas.