If you’ve recently undergone oral surgery, then it’s time to properly recover! If you take the recovery period seriously, you will have the best treatment results possible. So, to help you do everything you can to bring your oral health back into tip-top shape, our Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team encourages you to do the following things:
-Take it easy for the first few days following surgery. When you lie down, keep your head propped up with pillows to limit the swelling and bleeding.
-Ice outside the area for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off throughout the day. Icing will help reduce swelling and will also provide comfort.
-Once the bleeding subsides, it’s best to stick to a soft-foods diet. We recommend eating foods like soups, yogurts, fruit, milkshakes, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.
-If your doctor gave you antibiotics, you will need to take them as recommended. Make sure to finish taking all of the medicine so it can have a full effect on your body.
-Keep your mouth as clean as possible. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater at least four times a day. We also recommend rinsing after each meal and snack so the food particles don’t irritate or infect the treated area.
If you have any questions about these tips or if you have concerns for your oral health, please call our office at 952-226-7940 and schedule an appointment with your surgeon, Dr. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler. When you come into our office, we will be able to help you in any way we can, and we will give you the tips and information you need to succeed. We look forward to seeing you!