After undergoing a dental surgical procedure, it is essential to follow the post-operative care instructions to ensure a successful recovery. To guarantee the best possible outcome, it is important to avoid disturbing the area of surgery. Vigorous chewing, excessive spitting, or rinsing should be avoided as this can impede healing, restart active bleeding, or introduce an infection. Minor bleeding or oozing at the site of the operation is expected and should not be a cause for alarm.
Until you feel comfortable, it is best to refrain from chewing on the side where the surgery was performed. Hot foods and liquids should also be avoided for about an hour after surgery in order to keep the dressing in place. Soft foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are recommended. Proper nutrition is essential for feeling better and for healing. It is important to keep the area clean and dry.
The dressing should be kept in place until your next appointment. If it becomes loose or falls off, contact your dentist immediately. If you experience any pain or swelling after surgery, contact your dentist right away. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication to help with the healing process.
It is important to take these medications as prescribed and to finish the entire course of antibiotics even if you start feeling better. It is also important to attend all follow-up appointments with your dentist. This will help ensure that your recovery is progressing as expected and that any potential complications are addressed quickly.