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Post-Dental Surgery Tips for Recovery

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There are many different reasons why you may need dental surgery at one point or another, such as wisdom teeth removal or having a tooth replaced with a dental implant. During the recovery process after oral surgery, there are certain things you should and should not do to help the affected area heal as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Postpone Strenuous Activity

If your work, school, and home responsibilities allow it, clear your schedule on the day that you get oral surgery so you can properly rest. You should avoid any type of strenuous activity, including bending, lifting, and vigorous exercise. Adequate rest and minimal stress on your body are important so you can devote your energy to healing and repair.

Use an Ice Pack

You may have some facial swelling in the area where you had dental surgery. This should go away in a couple of days. A cold compress can help decrease your swelling and any soreness. Wrap your ice pack in a cloth and then apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes at a time followed by a 15-20 minute break.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Tobacco suppresses your immune system. Smoking or chewing tobacco will make it harder to recover after surgery. It’s best to avoid tobacco at all times, but especially when your body is trying to heal.

Eat Soft Foods & Stay Hydrated

For several days after oral surgery, plan on eating soft foods and drinking lots of liquids. Proper hydration is vital for healing and soft foods will prevent irritation of the surgery site. We recommend soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, applesauce, and pasta. Avoid straws and foods that are hard or crunchy.

Questions? We Have Answers!

Our South Texas Smiles team is here for all of your dental-related questions. If you have more questions about oral surgery recovery or anything else having to do with your oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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