If you are about to undergo oral surgery, you may be wondering what all that might entail. Although surgery may be scary to some, it can be a smooth, seamless process if patients follow all of the guidelines set by their dentist.
Before General Anesthesia
Getting general anesthesia for an oral surgery requires the same precautions as any other surgery that requires general anesthesia. It is important that you don’t eat or drink anything during the 8-12 hours leading up to your surgery. However, if your procedure just calls for a local anesthetic, you may be permitted to eat a light meal one to two hours before your surgery. You also should not smoke at all during the 12 hours leading up to your surgery, and you should wait a minimum of 24 hours after surgery to begin smoking again.
After Dental Surgery
After dental implant surgery, it is important that patients continue to take all the antibiotics prescribed to them. This helps reduce the chance of infection of the surgical site. Around 24 hours after the surgery, patients can begin using a prescription oral rinse. This rinse should be used twice daily. Warm salt water rinses are also recommended after every meal and snack in order to clear the mouth of any food debris.
Bleeding is common after oral surgery. Your dentist may recommend that you lightly bite down on gauze pads in order to reduce the flow of blood. Biting down on a gauze pad is the most effective when consistent pressure is used and can be repeated as needed.
Shortly after your surgery, you will be able to start taking pain medication. Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen are usually okay to take.
Soft foods are normally recommended immediately following oral surgery. However, patients can choose to transition back to a normal diet when they feel like they are ready. It is also important that patients stay hydrated during the recovery process.
If you think you may need oral surgery, contact us today to schedule an appointment. You can also book a visit online now using our convenient form.