Tips for Recovery From Oral Surgery

At Ashley Laird, DDS, we know that our patients can be apprehensive about the thought of oral surgery. If you or a loved one are preparing for oral surgery, you can be confident that our team will be with you every step of the way, from explaining the procedure beforehand to checking in on you during your recovery. Whether you’re getting a dental implant, having a tooth extracted, or undergoing a different procedure, the following tips will help ensure your smooth recovery.

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1. Follow Instructions

After your surgery is over, our team will send you home with clear instructions. Each patient is different, and we take care to create individualized recovery plans based on your dental history, the type of procedure, and other factors. Closely follow our instructions and call us with any questions.

2. Take it Easy

After your surgery, chances are you won’t be up for much beyond binge-watching your favorite show – and that’s a good thing! Getting plenty of rest after surgery allows your body to heal. Too much activity can actually cause complications during recovery, so revel in your excuse to take it easy.

3. Choose Soft Foods

Your diet after your surgery can make or break your recovery experience. Prioritize soft foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, and soup to give your jaw a break and ensure you don’t put too much pressure on your surgical site.

4. Avoid Straws

One of the most common surgical complications, dry sockets, can be easily avoided in most cases. Dry sockets occur when the delicate blood clot that forms over your surgical site to promote healing is dislodged, exposing the sensitive nerve and bone beneath. Straws are a common culprit, as the suction can easily dislodge the blood clot. After surgery, avoid straws like the plague until we tell you otherwise.

By following these tips, you will be well on your way to feeling as good as new. To ask our team any questions about oral surgery or to schedule your next visit, contact our office today!

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